Kilchoman Private Single Cask 81/2007 for A Few Chosen Swedes

Cask No.: 81/2007

Cask type: 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel

Distillation Date: 14.3.2007

Bottling Date: 21.7.2017

Age: 10 yo

Strength: 57,8 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Bottle volume: 0,7 l

Number of bottles: 245

Distribution: Private Cask (Sweden)


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.

This is one of those bottlings. “A Few Chosen Swedes”, a group of Swedish whisky friends, had bought two Kilchoman casks together, both a 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel (No. 50/2007) and the 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel mentioned here, and had them both bottled on the same day. This of course allows for an extremely interesting comparison.