Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years. The distillery was founded in 2005 by Anthony Wills and is Islay's only farm distillery, producing Single Farm Single Malt. Kilchoman is one of the few whisky distilleries in Scotland to remain independent.
Sanaig, named after an inlet on Islay's rugged Atlantic cost, is a vatting of Kilchoman matured in both sherry and bourbon barrels. This sherry cask scotch whisky is matured in a high proportion of oloroso barrels, imparting a balance of dried fruits, dark chocolate and rich peat smoke into the spirit.
Fragrant heather, raisins, pear and orange peel with waves of stoned fruits, mixed spices and rich peat smoke.
Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years. The distillery was founded in 2005 by Anthony Wills and is Islay’s only farm distillery, producing Single Farm Single Malt. Kilchoman is one of the few whisky distilleries in Scotland to remain independent.
Their 100% Islay philosophy stems from a desire to resurrect the grass roots tradition of farm distilling. Since the establishment of Kilchoman, the 100% Islay range was the main reason for being. It represents the revival of single malt whisky being cultivated from barley to bottle in a single location. Kilchoman is a distillery where the responsibility for quality and consistency is not outsourced but completed on-site with skill, care and attention to detail.
ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2018
Smoky yet decadent, almost reminiscent of dark chocolate with chili peppers. White flower, sandalwood, grapefruit, and pink peppercorn join in as well. Fruit and smoke play off of each other on the palate with hints of caramel, licorice, and brown spice.'
Beginning with a gentle smoke, a touch of brine, and your Islay-typical light vegetation, the Sanaig also boasts tropical fruit and preserved lemon peel. The brine and peat come back on the palate, growing on top of each other with each sip. Dark chocolate-covered raisins and black pepper play well with a touch of plum; the whisky as a whole slants earthy as it opens up.'
DAVE BROOM - WHISKY ADVOCATE
A new, and welcome, permanent member of the core Kilchoman range, this comes from a mix of sherry finished and sherry matured whisky. The nose kicks off with a lovely cigar ash note-a cigar club toward the end of the evening-and while there are some dried fruits from the sherry, Kilchoman's gentle, light character gives energy and lemony lift...shellfish, grass, and herbs. Lovely balance. Rounded, softly fruity, and highly approachable.'
Trophy - Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky NAS - International Wine and Spirit Competition 2016 'Lemon peat smoke gives this whisky a really lovely flavour of big fruit fruits and zest. The palate is baked Alaska, vanilla and toasted almonds and the finish, more of the same!' Best of Category (Peated Scotch Whisky) - Los Angeles Spirits Competiton 2016 Double Gold Medal - San Diego Wine and Spirits Challenge 2016