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Kilchoman releases second single malt

Islay distillery Kilchoman has announced the launch of a its second continuous-release single malt whisky, Sanaig.

Kilchoman Sanaig has been matured mainly in oloroso Sherry casks (Photo: Kilchoman)

Named after an inlet north west of the distillery, Sanaig will join Kilchoman’s Machir Bay – up until now the only continuously available release from the independent, family-run distillery.

Kilchoman Sanaig has a predominant Sherry cask influence, having been matured in oloroso Sherry hogsheads, the company said. This is in contrast to Machir Bay with its predominant Bourbon cask influence.

‘Cask Influence’ bars now feature on the packaging of both Sanaig and Machir Bay to illustrate the different flavour profiles of the distillery’s two core expressions.

The no-age-statement whisky has a nose of “soft cooked fruits with caramel and vanilla”, with a palate of “toffee, peat smoke and citrus”.

Sanaig is bottled at 46% ABV and will be available from Pol Roger Ltd as well as Spirits Stores across the UK from March, RRP £52.50.

“Sanaig represents another significant step forward for Kilchoman,” said Kilchoman founder Anthony Wills.

“It is important to be able to offer customers consistently available releases; until now Machir Bay alone has been performing that role, Sanaig will now share the spotlight.”

Kilchoman distillery manager John MacLellan said: “Sanaig is a bold marriage of Sherry and Bourbon cask maturation; it is both a continuation of the classic Kilchoman style that people know and love, as well as an evolution that showcases the breadth of the Kilchoman range.”

Established in 2005, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and was the first distillery to be built on the island of Islay for 125 years.

The only independently-owned distillery on Islay, Kilchoman is best known as the only distillery in Scotland to produce a portion of its whisky from barley grown onsite, completing all stages of the whisky-making process using traditional farm distillery methods. 

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