Starting a scotch whisky distillery is a difficult and painstaking undertaking, if for no other reason than because you have to wait years before you can even begin selling your product, let alone seeing a return on your investment. Take, for example, Kilchoman
. Founded in 2005, the upstart distillery
is still years away from releasing the 12-year-old malts that many consumers take as the starting point. But banking on newfound enthusiasm for younger whiskies (and for a new Islay malt especially), Scotland's westernmost distillery has already begun releasing limited quantities bottled at 3 years old – the minimum age for a scotch whisky according to established industry standards.
These releases have already begun drumming up excitement for the new single malt, and have been selling out quickly. The Spring 2010 release is the latest, and among other retailers, the UK's Master of Malt has it on offer at £49.95 for a 70-centiliter bottle at 46% alcohol by volume. But if buying a bottle without tasting it leaves you hesitant, Master of Malt also offers 3cl sample bottles.
[Source: Master of Malt