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Scotch Whisky

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  • Kilchoman 2008 Vintage 46% 70cl
    This is the First 7 year old malt released by the distillery which was established in 2005. This was distilled in 2008 and matured in bourbon barrels before bottling in 2005. It has a powerful nose of peat smoke, spice, dark chocolate and citrus notes. The palate is wonderfully balanced with peat...
  • Kilchoman Sanaig 46% 70cl
    Established in 2005, Kilchoman is the newest distillery on Islay and the first to be built for 125 years. Sanaig won the IWSC Trophy for no age statement malt in 2016 competition. It has a sherry influence  with caramel, peat smoke and citrus notes. The finish is well-balanced with peat and ...
  • Kilchoman 2009 Vintage 8 years old 46% 70cl
    2009 vintage of Kilchoman and bottled at 8 years old. Citrus lemon on the nose with vanilla and soft peat. The palate is soft and sweet to start with peat smoke building, ripe fruits clean and long finish.
  • Kilchoman Original Cask Strength 56.9% 2016 70cl
    This is the second limited release of the Kilchoman Original Cask Strength. It has been matured in quarter casks, meaning that more of the whisky is in contact with the wood, and bottled at cask strength. The nose is powerful with big citrus and floral notes with subtle peat smoke. Th...
  • Kilchoman Single Sherry Cask No.642/2008 54.4% 70cl
    Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, yet produce some fantastic drams. This highly limited offering of just 600 bottles is the first expression of five in the Pol Roger Portfolio collection. This whisky is selected by Kathy Willis, the wife of the distilleries founder Ant...
  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 8th Edition 2018 70cl
    This is the 8th Edition of the 100% Islay, a vatting of bourbon and sherry casks, filled between 2008 and 2012. The combination of cask types and ages allows for a unique balance of rich peat smoke, citrus sweetness and fragrant tropical fruit. The picturesque Kilchoman distillery sits...
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017 Sherry Cask Matured 70cl
    This is the eagerly anticipated arrival of the 2017 edition of Loch Gorm from Kilchoman distillery on Islay. This is the 6th edition in the oloroso sherry cask matured malt distilled in 2009 and bottled 2017. This is the oldest edition to date which is 8 years old.
  • Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release 46% 70cl
    Islay's Farm distillery, Kilchoman built in 2005 is the newest distillery on Islay for over 120 years. This new malt has been been matured in Oloroso sherry butts for 4.5 years. It has a rich golden colour with soft peaty aromas and some spice. Initially sweet on the palate followed by soft peat,...
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 46% 2014 Release
    The 2014 release of the Loch Gorm which has been matured in Oloroso sherry butts since 2009. It has been named 'Loch Gorm' after a loch which contains some of the peatiest water on Islay. The colour is dark golden and the nose is fruity with spice and peat. On the palate it is deep and rich with...
  • Kilchoman 2007 Vintage 46% 70cl
    Kilchoman, (pronounced kilhoman) established in 2005, is a farm distillery and the first to be built on Islay for 124 years. Kilchoman gives everyone the opportunity to see all that is best in the grass-roots traditions of malt whisky distilling from barley to bottle. Kilchoman is one of the sma...
  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th Edition 50% 70cl
    This is the 4th Edition of Kilchoman where everything from the barley used, to the malting, distilled, matured and bottling is on Islay at the farm distillery. Aged for over 5 years in refill bourbon barrels before bottling at cask strength 50%. The nose is subtle, light smoke with citrus fruits....
  • Kilchoman Original Cask Strength 59.2% 2014 bottling
    This New cask strength malt whisky from Kilchoman is their first over proof whisky bottled 2014. Made on Islay at the farm distillery, the first new distillery on the Island for over 120 years. The nose is soft peaty notes with citrus and candied pear. The palate has sweetness at first, then pea...
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm Sherry Matured 46% 2015 Release
    The 2015 release of Kilchoman Loch Gorm from the Farm Distillery on Islay. Deep and rich with a nose of dark chocolate spice and citrus fruits. The palate has soft fruits with peat smoke which is rich and sweet finishing with lingering smoke and sweetness.
  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition Limited edition 50% 70cl
    The 5th edition of this Kilchoman 100% Isaly Malt, so everything is grown and made on the Island of Islay. Matured in a combination of refilled and fresh bourbon barrels. The nose is clean and light with peat smoke. The palate is peaty with smoke and sweetness clean and long on the finish.
  • Kilchoman UK Tour 2015 Machir Bay 59% 70cl
    This is a special edition of Machir Bay bottled at cask strength to commemorate the Land Rover UK tour 2015. 1 of 648 bottles only
  • Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 Edition 50% 70cl
    Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 is the second limited edition port cask the small Islay distillery has released. The first was in 2014 and proved to be one of their most popular releases. There are only 10,000 bottles of this single malt whisky made. The nose is full of red fruits and...
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm Sherry Cask Matured 2018 Edition 46% 70cl
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm is the 2018 release of their very popular sherry cask aged single malt. There are only 15,000 bottles of this available and we envisage selling out quickly. It's named after a dark loch that can be seen from the distillery and is matured solely in Oloroso sherry butts. ...
  • Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Finish 2018 70cl
    The Sauternes Cask Finish is a vatting of thirty 2012 bourbon barrels married in Sauternes wine casks for five months prior to bottling. The five months finishing allows for the sweet, white grape influence of the Sauternes casks to balance with the characteristic mixed fruit and peat smoke of...
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay 46% 70cl
    Islay's Farm distillery, Kilchoman built in 2005 is the newest distillery on Islay for over 120 years. This 2013 release is a vatting of 4 and 5 years old single malts, with the 4 year old bring finished in Oloroso sherry butts for 4 weeks prior to bottling.Strong peaty aromas, with soft co...
  • Kilchoman Madeira Cask 50% 70cl
    This is a new cask edition from Kilchoman being aged for over 4 years in Madeira casks. It has a rich mahogony colour with a strong nose of citrus fruits. The palate is sweet and nutty with dark chocolate characters. Richly textures with peat smoke and mixed fruits.
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016 Sherry Cask Matured 46% 70cl
    This is the eagerly anticipated arrival of the 2016 edition of Loch Gorm from Kilchoman distillery on Islay. This is the 5th edition in the oloroso sherry cask matured malt, which was first made in 2012. This is the oldest edition to date which is 6 years old and has been limited to just 17 casks...
  • Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured 2012 50% 70cl
    Kilchomans latest release for 2017 is a wine cask matured single malt. Fully matured in wine casks which previously held red wine from the Douro valley in Portugal. Distilled in 2012 and bottled late 2017 at 50% strength. These casks provide a unique sweetness to the peaty backbone of the malt...

Scotch whisky is a subject that is as expansive as the myriad of lochs, glens and mountains that contribute to the terroir of its historic homeland of Scotland. Scottish whisky in its current form has been distilled in the Highlands and Lowlands since the 18th Century but its roots run much deeper into the past. It is widely regarded that it is an adaptation of the traditional Scottish spirit ‘Uisge Beatha’, meaning ‘water of life’ in the Celtic tongue. The earliest official record of its production is in 1494 but it is highly likely that it was produced prior to this date. It’s a widely held belief that Irish monks introduced the spirit to the Scots although no true Scotsman would ever admit to this!

This precious liquid’s heritage is protected by law so that only spirit distilled within Scottish borders can be labelled as Scotch. There are other caveats as well; it must be made from either malted barley or grain fermented in copper stills and matured in wooden Oak barrels. This batch process is essential to the authenticity of the spirit, as is the insistence that it is bottled at 40% ABV or higher.

There are four different varieties of Scotch; single malt, blended, grain and blended malt (which was formerly known as vatted malt). Single malt is defined as a whisky made from 100% malt barley by one distillery. This is by far the most valuable and collected variety, especially rare bottlings from closed distilleries that can fetch four figure plus sums. Blended whisky is a spirit that’s created using a mixture of malt and grain whiskies by one distillery. This is the most popular and widely drunk variety despite the single malt’s continued rising popularity, driving up both production and price significantly. Grain whisky, as the name suggests, is made from 100% grain by a single distillery. Finally, blended malt is a product that is created by combining two or more single malts from separate distilleries together without the addition of grain whisky.

Despite only a few simple ingredients being used in the production process (malted barley or grain, water and yeast), a surprising array of different characteristics can be achieved. Gentle drams from the Lowlands can be soothing, light and fruity whilst big, bold offerings from Islay can knock your socks off with an assault of peat and smokiness. There are many variations in between to explore and it takes dedication and a whole lot of tasting to become a true whisky connoisseur!

The type of barrel used to mature the whisky accounts for the lions share of the final flavour. Factors such as whether American Oak or European Oak have been used to make the barrels, how many times the barrels have been used previously to mature Scotch or other drinks like Bourbon, Port or Sherry and the length of time the spirit has spent maturing all play their part. In more recent times, some distilleries have gone rogue by experimenting with old cognac, wine and rum casks, thus creating a modern and youthful taste that appeals to the trendy bar fraternity.

There are six distinct whisky producing regions in Scotland and they also have some bearing on the flavour of the final product. The regions are Islay, Islands, Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and Campbeltown. The terrain, climate and other geographical factors of a region all contribute to the character, although a great deal also has to do with the different techniques and traditions employed by the distilleries as well. A good example is how coastal distilleries often produce a whisky that is saltier due to the proximity of the sea.

The world of Scotch whisky is a complex and fascinating one that thrives on time honoured practices and ancient traditions. If you are thinking of taking your first foray into this exciting realm, whether for pleasure or investment, then we are on hand to offer our expert advice and a selection of over 1000 different whiskies to suit all budgets.