Timeline 2001

Anthony Wills, a former wine merchant and independent whisky bottler from England, and Mark French, who runs the Rockside Farm on Islay, develop the idea of building a traditional farm distillery on the Rockside Farm. On 12.11.2001 Kilchoman Distillery Company Ltd is incorporated as a private limited company into the Companies Register with Anthony Wills as Director and his wife

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Timeline 2003

November: in an interview in Walter Schoberts “Whisky Watch No. 22” Mark French emphasizes that he firmly believes that the distillery will be built after two failed attempts in 2004. The newly formed team now includes Anthony Wills and him, whisky scientist James Swan and whisky expert and author Charles MacLean. Sir John MacTaggart, who was already involved with Bruichladdich,

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Timeline 2015

The “Machir Bay” appears from now on without year specification. Named after the bay not far from the distillery with one of Islay’s most beautiful sandy beaches, the batch-bottled release was labelled with the year of bottling from 2012 to 2014. During this period, the age of the whiskies contained in the bottle increased from year to year. From 2015

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