Kilchoman distillery is the latest of the famous Islay distilleries and is a so called farm distillery or micro distillery. Kilchoman is pronounced as kil-ho-man. Kilchoman distillery is located on the west side of Islay, close to the Atlantic Ocean and Loch Gorm. The distillery, which began production in June 2005, was the first to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years. Kilchoman's whisky is completely produced on site, from the own grown barley, the maltings, the distilling to the bottling in their own bottling hall.
In September 2009 the first single malt was released as a 3 year old. It's a rather peaty dram, much like the other whiskies from Kilchoman, and taste surprisingly well for a young whisky. In june 2011 the first single malt released from barley grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at the distillery called "100% Islay". February 2012 saw the release of "Machir Bay", the entry level whisky of Kilchoman. Later in April saw the 5 year old Shery Cask matured release.
A tour at Kilchoman is a nice experience because every part of the process takes place in one building which makes the entire process easy to follow and understand. The visitor centre has a nice shop as well as an excellent cafe.
March to October, open 7 days (November to March, Monday to Friday only)
Distillery Tour: 10:00, 11:30, 15:30 (max 12) £6
The tour lasts around an hour, and includes a tasting of two drams.
Kilchoman offers managers tours. For up to date info please download the current Distillery Leaflet