Blair Sponsor Focus: The Kilchoman Distillery

Established in 2005, Kilchoman (pronounced Kil-ho-man) is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Based on a farm on the rugged west coast of Islay, Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on the island for 125 years.

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Kilchoman displays all that is great about the grass-roots traditions of Scotch whisky distilling. As well as being one of only a handful of distilleries still practicing floor malting, barley is also grown on the farm, making Kilchoman the only distillery to complete all parts of the whisky making process on site. Kilchoman truly is Islay’s farm distillery – from barley to bottling.

‘Being involved at Blair this year will be the brand’s first sponsorship and we are so pleased that it is such a huge event not only in the UK but throughout the world. We are delighted to be a sponsor at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship,’ said Anthony Wills, founder and Managing Director of the Kilchoman Distillery. “We are proud of our Scottish roots and we look forward to being part one of the most anticipated events of the year.”

So how could you drink your whiskey? 

The EWW lifestyle editor samples a few delights that should keep the cold weather at Blair at bay and provide more than a little party spirit.

The straight Up 

Pour 2 fingers into a rocks glass with or without water… we recommend just a splash. Sit back and enjoy… Check out a Kilchoman original cask strength. A special edition Kilchoman bottled at natural cask strength, presenting the whisky in its purest form with un-paralleled intensity of flavour and texture. Anthony Wills, managing director of Kilchoman, said: “it has always been my intention to release a cask strength expression once we had the stock available. This is the way single malt should be drunk. It allows everyone to experience Kilchoman with all the characteristics captured in the glass”. The first release in October 2014 was chosen from a selection of ex-bourbon casks filled in 2009.


2 oz whisky (Such as the 100% Islay Kilchoman)

75 oz fresh lemon juice

1.5 oz pressed apple cider

2 fresh figs

2-3 sage leaves

.5 oz simple syrup

 Directions: Add ice. Shake. Strain over double rocks or martini glass. Garnish with a sage leaf

Whisky Mac – it’s a classic we love and great in a hip flask

2 Shots Scotch – (Such as the Loch Gorm Kilchoman)

2 Shots of Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine

A lime twist

Directions: Fill a glass with cubed ice, Fill cocktail shaker with ice, stir in ingridients gently, Double strain into glass, Squeeze lime oil from a twist over drink & rub round rim of glass, then garnish with twist.

The Flying Scotsman… Italian, Frenchman, Irishman… (Insert Euro specific name here)

1 Dash Angostura Bitters


1 Dash Sugar – Syrup

2 Oz Vermouth – Sweet

2 Oz Whisky  (such as a Kilchoman Madieria cask matured)

Directions : Stir & serve in a cocktail glass with ice.

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