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SEP
20
2018
7.45 pm

Kilchoman Distillery Tasting with George Wills - £15 - Bridge Street Winebar

 

 

We are very honoured to have George Wills from the family who produce whiskies at Kilchoman Distillery, Islay.

He'll be showcasing some amazing aged bottlings.

The event is being held in our beautiful bar on Bridge Street, it'll be a great way to start the autumn season!  

 

Tickets available on eventbrite via the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kilchoman-whisky-tasting-with-george-wills-tickets-49948556477 

 

The Kilchoman distillery (pronounced Kil-ho-man) is a distillery that produces single malt Scotch whisky on Islay, an island of the Inner Hebrides. The distillery is situated on the western side of Islay, near the small settlement of Kilchoman. The location made it the most westerly distillery in Scotland, until the Abhainn Dearg Distillery started distilling on the Isle of Lewis.

The distillery began production in June 2005, and was the first to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years. The distillery uses barley grown on site at Rockside Farm and malted at the distillery, as well as malt from the Port Ellen maltings and releases separate bottlings depending on the source of the grain.

It is one of only six Scottish distilleries still doing traditional floor-maltings, and will be unique in having all parts of the process - growing barley, malting, distilling, maturing and bottling - carried out on Islay.

The distillery first filled casks on 14 December 2005 and the distillery began bottling 3-year-old single malt in September 2009. Kilchoman also intends to release 5, 8, 10 and 12-year-old bottlings. The whisky will primarily age in bourbon casks, though sherry casks will also be employed. The first official Kilchoman, the "Inaugural release" was released in 2009 and the first 100% Islay whisky released in 2011.

The whisky produced by the Port Ellen maltings are peated to the same levels as Ardbeg, while the malt peated on their own floor maltings will be approximately 25 ppm.


Some information on George Wills:

George Wills has joined his two brothers James and Peter, plus parents Anthony and Kathy Wills at the Kilchoman Distillery which now has the full complement of the Wills’ family working at Scotland’s only farm distillery, on Islay. George’s particular remit will primarily be developing sales in the UK, as with any small family business he will often be called on to turn his hand to many aspects of the business. 

After working in the agricultural and property arenas, George was attracted to the drinks and hospitality sector, initially working as assistant manager at the renowned Oystercatcher Restaurant on Loch Fyne. Three years on he moved to a gastro pub in north Wales, before taking on the management of a gastro pub in North Wales and latterly managing three pubs for Brightspire, where he has been working for the last five years. 

Anthony Wills, managing director of Kilchoman, said: "I’m delighted that George has joined the sales and marketing team. His experience in the hospitality sector will bring an added dimension to developing sales in this sector of the UK market."

George added: "I am very excited to join the rest of my family at Kilchoman and help promote our brands, throughout the UK particularly. As the business has developed over the last nine years my brothers and I have been involved in every aspect of a new business which has been fantastic. We’ve helped paint the malting room, labelled bottles, served in the visitor centre and gradually been entrusted to taking Kilchoman out to the market."

From September this year the three brothers will embark on a five week journey around Europe in a specially adapted Land Rover, visiting European distributors and holding tastings at 20 or more events. In November they will visit UK distributors and whisky events.

In the 1940s the boys’ great grandfather and his brother, Spencer and Maurice Wilks, designed and manufactured the first Land Rover in Britain. It is fitting that 80 years on the entrepreneurial young brothers are setting off on their own journey of discovery to promote whisky that they have been helping produce at their family distillery on Islay - in a specially designed Land Rover.