Kilchoman Machir Bay 46% Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl
Named after the most spectacular beach on Islay, Machir Bay is the flagship of the Kilchoman range. Experience citrus fruit layered with vanilla and butterscotch and finished with maritime peat smoke.
Machir Bay is a unique and complex combination of ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry butts. Machir Bay was first launched in 2012 when it won the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Award, and in 2016, it was awarded best Islay Single Malt at the IWC.
“Machir Bay has a beautiful balance of vanilla, smokey butterscotch and rich fruitiness each contributing in complexity and combining to create a truly unique Islay dram.” - John MacLellan, Distillery Manager.
Net weight: 1.7kg
50 PPM (Heavily Peated)
Non-chill filtered and natural colour
Nose: Lemon zest, vanilla and a distinct coastal influence give way to floral intensity, juicy peaches, pears and wafts of rich spices.
Palate: Bursts of tropical fruit and dried sultanas, malt, butterscotch and rich sweetness.
Finish: Sherry-soaked fruit, cracked black pepper and sea salt. Long-lasting with layers of citrus sweetness and maritime peat.
Maturation: 90% bourbon barrels, 10% Oloroso sherry casks
Founded in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years. Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder, set out to resurrect the grassroots tradition of farm distilling. Their 100% Islay range represents the revival of those traditions, standing alone as Islay’s only Single Farm Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The Wills Family
Kilchoman is a family-run business established by Anthony and Kathy Wills in 2005. As the business expanded, the husband and wife team were joined by their three sons; James, George and Peter. The Wills family remain the driving force behind Kilchoman with Anthony as Managing Director and Master Distiller, Kathy running the Visitor Centre and their three sons managing the distillery’s sales and marketing activities.
100% Islay Philosophy
The distillery's 100% Islay philosophy stems from Anthony and Kathy’s desire to resurrect the grassroots tradition of farm distilling. From the very beginning, the 100% Islay range was their 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.
The Kilchoman team farm a variety of landscapes covering an area of 2,300 acres surrounding the ruined Kilchoman Church. The craggy hill ground to our south is grazed by our flock of blackface sheep. To the west, their herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle feed on a combination of machair grasses and draff; barley husks discarded during the whisky-making process.
Their most fertile ground, 400 acres of rich soil surrounding the distillery, is reserved for the annual barley crop. Sown each spring, once Islay’s 50,000 migratory geese have departed, the barley ripens over the summer months before being harvested in early autumn.