Kilchoman distillery

The Kilchoman Distillery (pronounced Kil-ho-man) is a distillery that produces single malt Scotch whisky on Islay, an island of the Inner Hebrides. Kilchoman Distillery is situated in the North West of the island in close proximity to one of Islays most spectacular beaches, Machir Bay. Kilchoman was founded by Anthony Wills and remains an independent, family run distillery. It is the smallest on the island but since obtaining Rockside Farm in 2015, is in the process of expanding.

Kilchoman Distillery
Kilchoman Distillery in summer
Region: Islay
OwnerAnthony Wills
No. of stills2 wash
2 spirit
Age(s)3 Years
5 Years
8 Years
10 Years
11 Years



The distillery began production in December 2005, and was the first to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years. The distillery uses barley grown on site at Rockside Farm and malted at the distillery, as well as malt from the Port Ellen maltings and releases separate bottlings depending on the source of the grain.[2]

It is one of only six Scottish distilleries still doing traditional floor-maltings, and is currently unique in completing all parts of the whisky making process – growing barley, malting, distilling, maturing and bottling on Islay, making it the only true 'Barley to Bottle' experience in Scotland.

The distillery first filled casks on 14 December 2005 and the distillery began bottling 3-year-old single malt in September 2009.[2] The first official Kilchoman, the "Inaugural release" was released in 2009 and the first 100% Islay whisky released in 2011.

The whisky produced by the Port Ellen maltings are peated to the same levels as Ardbeg 50ppm, while the malt peated on their own floor maltings will be approximately 20 ppm.[4]


Kilchoman releases several bottlings. The most important ones include:

  • Machir Bay 46°ABV
  • Loch Gorm 46°ABV
  • Sanaig 46°ABV, originally released for the French market – launched worldwide in 2016
  • 100% Islay 50°ABV, this is the grain to glass offering from Kilchoman

See also


  1. Morrice, Philip. The Schweppes Guide To Scotch. Sherborne, Dorset, England: Alphabooks. pp. 340–342. ISBN 0-906670-29-2.
  2. "Kilchoman Distillery". Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  3. Abhainn Dearg Distillery

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