Opened in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery to be built on Islay for 124 years. Its proprietors are the Wills family, and the distillery saw a return of the practice of “farm distilling” to the island, with its own barely fields, malt floors and kilns. Today around 25% of its barley requirement is self-fulfilled, and in 2011 they bottled their first 100% Islay release of single farm, single malt. The distillery’s first release came in 2009, and it has cemented a fine reputation ever since.
First introduced in 2012, Machir Bay is now the distillery's core expression and is a vatting of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, with a greater influence from the former.
Introduced to the Kilchoman core range on 7th March 2016, Sanaigcomprises four year old malt matured in a combination of bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks.