Scottish Whisky is booming and the production is on the rise in almost every distillery in Scotland. The rise in production comes from both the new distilleries that have been built, or are opening soon, as well as from the existing distilleries. If you look at Islay you can see that most distilleries have increased, sometimes doubled, their production in recent years, through distilling more hours per day and/or expanding the capacity itself.
One of these distilleries which have gone through this process is Kilchoman Distillery as their expansion plans have almost come to fruition, they are currently in the commissioning phase. This means that Kilchoman Distillery theoretically will be capable of producing 480,000 liters of alcohol annually. That is a huge achievement if you compare it to how they started in 2005 as a small scale farm distillery. In an article on their website Anthony Wills writes that "the investment of £6 million amounts to almost an entirely new distillery in itself". Read more...
Anthony Wills wrote: "The stillhouse extension is the latest phase of an expansion that started last year with the completion of our new malt floor and kiln, we hope to complete the final phase; a new visitor centre, shop and café within the next 3-4 months." Anthony Wills and his three sons, who also work in the distillery, can be very proud of their success! They have turned some old farm buildings into a very popular whisky distillery and they did it without the backing of a large company such as the other distilleries on Islay, Kilchoman Distillery is privately owned. It shows that hard work pays off. Well done!!
The new extension at Kilchoman Distillery