The whisky of the month is
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2015
(Vol. 46% – 70 cl – Single Malt)
Machir Bay (the name of the beach overlooked by the Kilchoman Church just half a mile from the distillery) is the flagship bottling of Kilchoman. This single malt from the isle of Islay is a unique and complex combination of ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry butts; resulting in a well-balanced flavour profile, with highlights of vanilla biscuits, light fruit and wafts of warm peat smoke. Sweety peat, sugarcane, vanilla biscuits and gummi bears at the nose, is very light tropical fruits in the background. Marmalade and hints of chocolate. After a while the peat smoke, the saltiness and the medicinal touches stand out. Salty on mouth – and you’d never say – with plenty of ashes. A long, peaty and lemony finishing. Machir Bay was first launched in 2012 when it won the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Award and more recenty in 2016 it was awarded best Islay Single Malt at the IWC.
Kilchoman is the first distillery to be established on Islay in over 124 years. The distillery was built in 2005, with the first run of new spirit comming off the stills later that year. Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland with an annual production of approximatley 120,000 litres of alcohol. Kilchoman is one of only six distilleries to carry out traditional floor maltings. Whisky distilling started on farms all over Scotland and, especially on the west coast, and it was no accident that Islay became famous for whisky production.