Monday, May 22, 2023


The Islay based Kilchoman Distillery, has announced that planning permission for its new rum distillery on the island of Barbados, has been approved.

The multi-award-winning single malt Scotch whisky producer, purchased nine acres of land and a derelict mansion house at Bentley Mansion in the Parish of St. Philip in August 2021.  

Kilchoman to build rum distillery in Barbados

The plan is to erect buildings to house the distillery, mill and cask warehouse, purchase sugar cane from the fields surrounding Bentley Mansion, crush it on site and produce rum from sugar cane juice and cane syrup. Production will be from two copper pot stills followed by maturation and bottling on site.

Kilchoman Distillery Founder Anthony Wills, will be teaming up with Frank Ward, former Mount Gay Managing Director, who will be consulting on the project and advising on specific rum production methods. This will offer a combination of existing expertise in single malt whisky production and Mr Ward’s vast knowledge in rum production.

Commenting on the news, Anthony Wills, said: “this is an exciting development for Kilchoman and we look forward to sharing more news as the project takes shape.”

Kilchoman have developed a network of distributors around the world and plan to utilise the same distributors for their premium rum.

Posted by Steve Rush