26th April 2013
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.
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
Kilchoman Machir Bay Tasting Notes
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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