The Journeyman #4: Kilchoman Islay Barley 9th Edition


Time for peat! At Heart & Spirits we aim to build up a strong collection for your home bar, and this means exploring some of the more unusual flavours possible in whisky.

Kilchoman may be one of the newest distilleries on Islay, but it has impressed since day one with the quality of their spirit.

Built in 2005 by Anthony Wills, it is said that distillation occurred in the Kilchoman Parish centuries earlier – possibly the first site of distillation ever in Scotland! The first farm distillery in many years on the island, the Wills family were quickly expanding due to the quality and interest in this brand new Islay malt.

Previously one of the smallest distilleries, they still remain tiny in comparison to the big players, with only 500,000 litres of alcohol produced each year.

As the likes of Bruichladdich, the folks at Kilchoman also promote the influence of terroir on whisky.


Tasting notes are a guideline only. Everyone responds to the flavours in a whisky in different ways, so you may describe it differently.


Bonfires by the sea, plus orchard fruits with a hint of lemon and tropical fruit. Beachside paradise!


Citrus and sweet fruits leap forward, with more of an oaky peat rather than the typical iodine and seawater.


Lovely balance of malt, fruit and smoke!