We just got back from what I think is the only major producer in Scotland that can truly call itself a craft distillery. From its very inception in 2005 by Anthony Willis, all the pieces of the puzzle have fit together perfectly to create some amazing whisky on a legitimately small scale. Anthony came from a career in the world of independent bottlers. He's had good whiskey from just about everywhere and knows exactly what he wants to create. He was smart enough to hire John McLellan from Bunnahabhain to do the distilling and between these two men they have created some of the most exciting Single Malt I have ever had. And they are getting better at it.
Practice makes perfect as they say and the folks from Kilchoman, tucked into the hillside of Rockside farm, are getting better and better at what they do. On our visit this morning Anthony spoke excitedly about two things; how they were becoming more practiced at making whiskey, leading to better quality and more of it (great for us thirsty fans) and how excited he was that his single malt was being so widely accepted. He spoke about seeing the smiles on his customers faces and how he took pride in making quality spirit for the passionate enthusiast. All I could think about was our K&L customers, because that is who we cater, too: people who care about what they are drinking.
Good Scotch, made by well intentioned, talented people who want to cater to discerning customers. That is the perfect combination for success as far as I am concerned, and I cannot tell you how glad we are at K&L to have such passionate customers to bring these to. There are two new offerings due in later this year, and two single casks that we chose exclusively for K&L sitting on the shelf right now. I'm so excited!!