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Kilchoman 100% Islay 3rd Edition

8th July 2013
Kilchoman release the 3rd edition of their popular 100% Islay series.

Islay’s independent farm distillery, Kilchoman has released the 3rd edition of its popular 100% Islay range.

What makes this unique whisky 100% Islay is is that every stage of its production, from the barley grown in the fields surrounding the distillery to the malting of the barley using Islay peat, distillation, maturation and finally the bottling of the whisky, takes place on Islay. The whisky only leaves Islay once it has been bottled.

This 3rd Edition of Kilchoman’s 100% Islay Single Malt is a vatting of four and five year old fresh bourbon barrels. Only 10,000 bottles of the limited edition will be available worldwide and are expected to sell quickly.

According to the distillery it has a delicate and floral nose of soft fruits and pear drops, 100% Islay goes on to explode with peat smoke in the mouth, complimented by a long, sweet and lingering finish that blends with the softer tones of peat smoke.

Anthony Wills, managing director of Kilchoman,said: "The previous two editions of the 100% Islay range were extremely well received and we’re delighted with the way the Single Malt’s character is developing. The range is unique in that every stage of production, from barley grown to the hand-bottling takes place at Kilchoman. As a traditional working-farm distillery, 100% Islay epitomises what we’re all about."

As with the two other core ranges in Kilchoman’s portfolio, Machir Bay and Loch Gorm, a new edition of 100% Islay is periodically released as the whisky matures. A number of limited edition single casks are also released each year.

With an ambition to take whisky production back to its traditional roots, Anthony Wills built and founded Kilchoman Distillery in 2005 on a farm situated on the rugged west coast of Islay. The first distillery on the island for 124 years, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and one of only a handful left that still practice the traditional floor malting method.

100% Islay is bottled at 50% ABV and is now available from specialist drinks and whisky stores, priced at RRP of £59.95, 70cl. Available from The Whisky Exchange.

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