Two new Kilchoman Releases in the Distillery Shop: Port Cask Finish 915/2016 & The RugbyField Malt

Two new single cask bottlings are now available in the Kilchoman Visitor Centre, the new Distillery Shop Exclusive release and a special bottling.

The Distillery Shop Exclusive Release is a Port Cask Finish: the whisky was first matured for almost 5 years in an ex-bourbon barrel and was then finished for 20 months in a Ruby Port cask. The yield was 247 bottles at an alcohol content of 56.8%.

The bottling is available for £98.98 per bottle at the Kilchoman Visitor Centre.

The second bottling is something very special: the first single malt whisky in the RugbyField Range by Richie Gray and the Du Plessis brothers.

The RugbyField concept was born when Scottish rugby coach Richie Gray and two of his players, South African brothers Jannie and Bismarck Du Plessis, had a dream after a match to create a vineyard the size of a rugby field, including the posts, and to create an exclusive wine made only from the grapes of that vineyard.
This dream soon became a reality when Gray and the Du Plessis brothers visited Chateau de Valcombe in Générac, France, where they and the Ricomes, tenth-generation winemakers, created La Grande Mélée 2018, a Valcombe wine made out of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache grapes.
Proud Scotsman Gray then wanted to add a single malt to the RugbyField range and approached the Wills family of Kilchoman Distillery, Islay’s only farm distillery.
Together they selected a 9-year-old single cask, distilled from barley grown in Kilchoman’s Rugby Park field. Rugby Park is one of the fields of Rockside Farm, easily recognisable by the rugby posts as you drive past towards Machir Bay, and was named because it was the site of the first rugby pitch on the Island of Islay.

The cask was already bottled in September 2022, Kilchoman is now selling a part of the release at the Visitor Centre for £112.95.


Picture by Carol-Ann MacTaggart
Port Single Cask Finish for The Distillery Shop

Cask No.: 915/2016

Cask type: Ex-Bourbon Barrel, Ruby Port Cask Finish

Date Filled: 17.10.2016

Date Bottled: 15.5.2023

Age: 6 yo

Strength: 56,8 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Number of bottles: 247

Bottle volume: 0,7 l

Barcode: 5 060210 707057

Distribution: Distillery Shop Exclusive


Picture by Carol-Ann MacTaggart
The RugbyField Malt – 9 yo 100% Islay Single Cask

Cask No.: 530/2013

Cask type: Ex-Bourbon Barrel

Date Filled: 25.7.2013

Date Bottled: 12.9.2022

Age: 9 yo

Strength: 56,5 % abv

Phenol level: approx. 20 ppm

Number of bottled: 245

Bottle volume: 0,7 l

Barcode: 5 060210 706418

Distribution: Distillery Shop Exclusive