Islay Single Malt Whisky, ‘Sauternes Cask Finished’ , Kilchoman Distillery
Anthony Wills and his wife, Kathy, created Kilchoman from a collection of derelict farm buildings in 2005, and in doing so, established the first new distillery on Islay in over 124 years. Their passion for whisky has transformed Kilchoman from a dream into a celebrated reality. The small team at this farm distillery controls as many aspects of the production process as possible, from growing their own barley, to floor malting the grain on site, to operating the stills by hand. Their resulting Single Malt Whiskies have become highly-prized ambassadors of this next generation of Islay producers.
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The Sauternes Cask Finish follows a range of wine cask releases bottled by Kilchoman over the previous five years. This latest offering differs in that it was initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred into fresh sauternes hogsheads for five months prior to bottling. This finishing period allows the caramel and vanilla influence of bourbon barrels to be accentuated by the bitter sweetness of the sauternes cask.
The Sauternes Cask Finish is a vatting of thirty 2012 bourbon barrels married in Sauternes wine casks for five months. Bottled at 50% abv.
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