Kilchoman Batch Strength released

Petra Milde |

A new member of the Kilchoman Core Range


With the release of Kilchoman Batch Strength, the Islay distillery adds a third edition to its core range. The high-proof version joins Kilchoman Machir Bay and Kilchoman Sanaig as a permanent variant and will be released annually in batches.

The smoky Islay single malt whisky can already be found here in the online shop.

Kilchoman Batch Strength is a combination of whisky from charred red wine casks, Oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels. A few drops of spring water brought the batch to an alcohol strength of 57% vol, Kilchoman explains in a newsletter. This allows each batch to be bottled at 57% vol, even if the natural cask strength varies slightly each year. The whisky is bottled without chill-filtering and in its natural colour.

Kilchoman writes: "The result is a colossal dram combining the natural peat smoke and citrus character of Kilchoman with dark fruits, rich spices and salted caramel sweetness."  The newsletter quotes distillery founder Anthony Wills: “At 57% vol., Batch Strength is a giant of a dram, it has a raw intensity, that I love. But importantly, that power is balanced by a delicacy and finesse that speaks for the quality of our production processes in the stillhouse and also the quality of casks used for maturation."


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Petra Milde is a freelance author of books and specialist writing about spirits and food. She has been supporting the editorial team since 2015 and creates informative and entertaining articles in the news section.

Besides her writing work, she moderates tastings and can be met at spirits fairs, both behind the stands and in front of them, looking for new products and interesting people to talk to.