The picturesque Kilchoman Distillery sits nestled amongst the traditional buildings of Rockside Farm on the north-west coast of Islay. Famous as Islay’s Farm Distillery, their barley fields stretch west, sheltered beneath the Cnoc Dubh cliffs, to the shores of Machir Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kilchoman Distillery is unique in many ways, most notably for their 100% Islay range, Islay’s only Single Farm Single Malt – from barley to bottle.
The parish of Kilchoman is home to some of Islay’s most fertile ground. It is there, in the fields surrounding the distillery, where they grow 200 tons of barley each year.
Planting in Spring (once Islay’s 50,000 hungry geese have migrated), the farm team care for the barley over the Summer months before harvesting in early September.
Harvest time represents the start of the whisky-making process, which sees the Kilchoman-grown barley malted, distilled, matured and bottled right there at the distillery – eventually becoming Islay’s only Single Farm Single Malt Scotch Whisky over 1130 days later.