Kilchoman debuts ninth whisky in 100% Islay range

Islay whisky distillery Kilchoman has released the ninth edition in its single estate range, which marks the collection's return to Bourbon barrel maturation.

Available in the UK from today (12 September) and globally from 16 September, Kilchoman 100% Islay 9th Edition has been distilled from the 2007 and 2009 barley crops grown and malted on the site of the farm distillery. It is a vatting of 43 ex-Bourbon barrels matured for more than nine years in Kilchoman’s on-site dunnage warehouses. Released annually since 2011, Kilchoman’s 100% Islay range is distilled solely from barley grown in the distillery’s surrounding fields before the team malts, distils, matures and bottles on site. The new expression is described as having “citrus sweetness, apricots, juniper and wild herbs” on the nose, while the palate has “layers of lemon tart, vanilla, briny peat, smoke and dark maple syrup”. The ninth release marks a return to the Bourbon-barrel maturation of previous 100% Islay editions. Last year’s release contained roughly 50% Sherry cask-matured liquid. “Our 100% Islay spirit pairs seamlessly with ex-Bourbon barrels,” said Anthony Wills, Kilchoman founder and master distiller. "The lower peating level (20ppm) allows the natural floral sweetness of the spirit to shine through whilst a higher age profile adds layers of overripe tropical fruit and stewed plums. “I’m delighted with how the 9th Edition has come together and as ever, I look forward to hearing people’s opinions." Kilchoman 100% Islay 9th Edition is priced at £72 (US$89) per 700ml in the UK. The 50% ABV expression is limited to 12,000 bottles. Last month, Kilchoman doubled its production capacity as part of expansion plans that include the build of a new visitor centre.