Kil­choman Dis­tillery

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

KIL­CHOMAN Farm Dis­tillery, which is sit­u­ated on the west of Is­lay and takes its name from the sur­round­ing parish, is the first new dis­tillery to be built on the is­land for 124 years.

It stands on the site of Rock­side Farm and, prior to the open­ing of the Ab­hainn Dearg Dis­tillery on Lewis in 2007, it was the most west­erly dis­tillery in Scot­land.

Pro­duc­tion at the new dis­tillery be­gan in 2005 and the bar­ley used is grown on site and malted at the dis­tillery and is aug­mented by sup­plies pro­vided by the Port Ellen Malt­ings.

Kil­choman is one of only six Scot­tish dis­tillers still car­ry­ing out tra­di­tional floor-malt­ings and prides it­self on en­sur­ing that all parts of the pro­duc­tion pro­cesses are car­ried out on the is­land.

The founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor is An­thony Wills, who ran his own sin­gle cask bot­tling com­pany be­fore launch­ing out on his Kil­choman ven­ture. Is­lay was cho­sen as the lo­ca­tion for the farm dis­tillery be­cause of its world­wide rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing qual­ity malts. The Rock­side farm premises pro­vided ideal build­ings for the project as well as its rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing the best malt­ing bar­ley on the is­land.

The owner was no stranger to the is­land as his wife, Kathy, was a mem­ber of the fa­mous Wilks fam­ily of the Rover Car Com­pany and they owned and op­er­ated the Lag­gan Es­tates for more than six decades.

The Wills, as well as be­ing wor­thy am­bas­sadors for their prod­uct, are heav­ily in­volved in the day-to- day run­ning of the dis­tillery, as are their three sons, Peter, James and Ge­orge.

Kil­choman dis­tillers con­tinue to be the main spon­sor of the is­land pipe band and the an­nual beach rugby tour­na­ment as well as sup­port­ing events with a slightly lower pro­file.

The dis­tillery is sit­u­ated in a sceni­cally pleas­ing area of the is­land with Machir and Saligo Bays close at hand. It also over­looks Loch Gorm, the is­land’s largest stretch of fresh wa­ter.

Kil­choman Farm Dis­tillery.

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