Thursday, August 22, 2019


The Kilchoman Distillery, has announced plans to double its production to 480,000 litres of pure alcohol annually, as part of its £6m expansion plans.

The Islay based distillery has also announced that it is nearing completion on the extension works of its stillhouse.

Kilchoman Distillery announces plans to double its production

The new building, which extends out from the gable end of their original stillhouse, contains two new stills, a new mashtun and six additional washbacks.

The stillhouse extension is the latest phase of an expansion that started last year with the completion of their new malt floor and kiln.

Commenting on the news, Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder & Managing Director, said: “Without an increase in capacity we would be heading towards a situation where all Kilchoman would be sold purely on allocation. With my three sons heavily involved in the business we want to continue building on the success of the last 15 years without the risk of running out of whisky.”

He went onto say: “The investment amounts to almost an entirely new distillery in itself however we wanted to ensure that the new equipment was a mirror image of the original stillhouse and we’ve been delighted with the quality of the spirit, with no discernible difference in the character of that produced from the new compared to old stills.”

He concluded by saying: “The new equipment will also allow us to experiment more during the malting and peat phases as well as in the stillhouse with yeast varieties and isolating specific spirit runs.”

Kilchoman, is hoping to complete the final phase of its expansion which includes a new visitor centre, shop and cafĂ©, within the next 3-4 months.

Posted by Steve Rush