Kilchoman Tightens The Screw With Their 100% Islay Whisky

by Oliver Klimek on June 20, 2011

Kilchoman distillery on Islay launched their new 100% Islay expression on the 16th June. I already recevied a hint about this when I visited the distillery in May 2010.

Needless to say that producing a fully locally sourced whisky it is a very noble effort and I am looking forward to try it. But the pricing of the cask strength version that is sold only at the distillery gave me shock, to be honest. There will be 1060 bottles at a price of £149.

This is not even a single cask bottling, and it is just three years old. For the same price you can find single cask Port Ellen bottles that are almost ten times as old and certainly not of a lesser quality than the Kilchoman 100% Islay 3 yo.

With all due respect for the need of generating revenue in the early phase of a distillery. But no matter how fancy the hand crafted American oak box is this whisky comes in, such a price is a slap into the faces of all who have a genuine interest in enjoying this exciting release at cask strength.

I have stated on several occasions that I don’t have a problem with luxury bottlings as long as distilleries also have cheaply priced entry level bottlings. But although prices for the general Kilchoman releases have come down a bit, £40 for such a young whisky still is not exactly cheap. The £69 asked for the standard 100% Islay release may be just about acceptable in regard of the higher manufacturing costs and the special story behind this whisky. But the pricing of the cask strength bottling can only be seen as an attempt to milk the cash cows.

 

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Marc June 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

Agree with you Oliver. I couldn’t believe the price when I saw it. Unfortunately its a case of supply vs. demand I guess; those 1060 bottles will all be sold. There is no way that Kilchoman can even pretend the price is justified. It’s the exact same whisky as the £69 but cask strength and in a fancier box, for £80 more! Oh well… that’s the business of whisky sadly.

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Mac na Bracha June 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Agree. £149 for a 3 year old? I’m not even that impressed with their latest standard bottlings.

Will give this a miss.

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Peat March 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Newer distilleries with prices dwarfing well known and loved varieties reminds of today’s youth and their feeling of superiority for which they deserve to be rewarded most richly.

Sorry, but whatever interest I had in Kilchoman is negatively affected and while I’ll not pass up an opportunity to find whether I like any of their product, I’ll not pay such high prices just because they have an outrageous sense of self esteem and worth.

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