We consider the latest batch of MACHIR BAY to be the finest. Less dry than the previous version, it features greater maturity and balance. A slightly bitter finish drawing on cold tobacco, which we didn’t find displeasing, has been given a more liquorice feel. The marine freshness has been preserved. An Islay turned classic that has been exclusively distributed on the French market and in most European countries by La Maison du Whisky since this farmhouse distillery was founded in 2005. We consider the latest batch of Kilchoman’s Machir Bay to be their finest. It displays greater maturity and balance, with the dryness of the previous release replaced with an alluring bitter finish drawing on tobacco and liquorice. The important maritime freshness is also preserved
Profile: smoky and elegant. Nose: stewed fruits, peat smoke and ash. Palate: full-bodied, stewed fruits continue to develop alongside soft vanilla, candied citrus, earth, fresh barley and pepper. Finish: long and enduring, with classic maritime notes characteristic of Islay whiskies.
The first distillery built on the Isle of Islay for over a century, Kilchoman celebrated its third birthday in September 2009, with its new spirit finally reaching the age required for it to be legally called a single malt. Built using the model of a “farmhouse-distillery”, Kilchoman makes a point of distilling its new spirit from barley grown on its own land. Some 100 tonnes are harvested and malted at the distillery, providing 30% of their needs. The rest comes from the maltings at Port Ellen. Its first barrel of new make spirit was filled in 2005.