Kilchoman Private Cask Vatting for Johan Hofvander & Tapani Kuusela
Cask Numbers: 59/2006, 141/2006, 335/2006
Cask types: 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels, Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
Distillation Dates: 18.5.2006, 12.07.2006, 29.11.2006
Bottling Date: 22.2.2019
Age: 12 yo
Strength: 53,0 % abv
Phenol level: 50 ppm
Number of bottles: 150
Bottle volume: 0,7 l
Distribution: Private Cask Release
In 2006 and 2007, Kilchoman sold numerous casks to private individuals in order to obtain urgently needed capital for the distillery’s ongoing operations during the economically strained early years. These were almost exclusively 1st fill and 2nd fill bourbon barrels.
Later, they tried to buy back as many of these casks as possible, as the stocks of whisky from the first years had quickly become very scarce. This buy-back programme was only moderately successful, however, and most owners kept their casks and usually had them bottled after the original agreed storage period of 10 years. So there was a great wave of Kilchoman Private Cask bottlings in 2016 and 2017.
Johan Hofvander and Tapani Kuusela were not only owners of the two fresh Bourbon Barrels 59/2006 and 141/2006, but also, together with Jeroen Koetsier, of the Oloroso Sherry Hogshead 335/2006. So they came up with the idea of having part of the cask contents married together. Kilchoman gladly fulfilled their wish and so not only the three single casks were bottled on 22 February 2019, but also the first and only Kilchoman Private Cask Vatting.