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Kilchoman Machir Bay Named Whisky of the Year

26th April  2013
Kilchoman Machir Bay named International Whisky Competition Whisky of the Year.

Kilchoman whisky has come a long way since the first bottle was released in 2008 and a new release from Islay’s newest distillery and only farm distillery has been receiving rave reviews, having been named Whisky of the Year at the prestigious International Whisky Competition (IWC).

Kilchoman’s Machir Bay was awarded the highest score of the entire competition, following a blind-tasting of over 50 whiskies by an expert panel.

Owner and founder of Kilchoman Distillery, Anthony Wills, was also recognised at the awards, winning the title of Master Distiller of the Year. As a new category this year, judges unanimously agreed Anthony and the Kilchoman team deserved the recognition not only for producing a superior Single Malt, but also to further highlight that Kilchoman has only been distilling whisky since 2005.

Sylvain Allard, managing director of the International Whisky Competition, said: "Machir Bay and Kilchoman Distillery are worthy winners in this year’s IWC. To have such a young whisky receive the highest score is unprecedented.

"Compared with the bigger brands’ younger releases, it’s a significant accomplishment that Kilchoman has only been bottling Single Malt Whisky since 2008 on a mirco-distillery."

Anthony Wills, founder and owner of Kilchoman, said: "We’re honoured to receive recognition at the IWC for both Machir Bay and the distillery overall.

"We launched the Machir Bay as our core range last year and have been thrilled by the response from experts and our customers. We practice a very strict wood policy regime at Kilchoman which is crucial in our ability to produce such a high-quality young Single Malt."

Founded in 2005, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and the first distillery to be built on Islay for 125 years. A working farm distillery, it is one of only a handful of distilleries still practicing floor malting. Kilchoman also grows its own barley, and completes all parts of the production process, from barley to bottling, on the island.

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013
Machir Bay 2013 is a vatting of 4 and 5 year old ex-bourbon casks, with the 4 year casks being finished in Oloroso sherry butts for 4 weeks prior to bottling at 46% ABV.

The Machir Bay range is Kilchoman’s core expression, first launched in 2012. Each release contains more mature whisky each year allowing Kilchoman fans to follow the development of the unique Kilchoman malt as it matures.

John MacLellan, Kilchoman Distillery Manager said: "The 2013 Machir Bay displays further evolution of the 2012 release, showing more maturation flavours from the excellent cask regime and is softer and more rounded with lovely creamy mouth- filling flavours.

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Managing Director: "Sales of Machir Bay 2012 far exceeded our expectations so we hope people will be equally impressed with this year’s more mature offering."

Launched in April, the new bottling Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 is bottled at 46% ABV and is now available from UK specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange, priced at £38.95

Kilchoman Machir Bay Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Light beech.

Nose: Soft cooked fruits with strong peaty aromas.

Taste: Mixed fruits and vanilla with an intense sweetness.

Finish: A long lingering finish.


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