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ScotlandCampbeltown

Glengyle

Average Rating

84.92

2518 votes

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    Status
  • 2004
    Founded
  • 2
    Stills
  • 23186
    Views
  • 69
    Whiskies
  • 7143
    Collection
  Distillery Bottling
Whisky Age Strength Bottled Casknumber Rating Versions
Kilkerran 03-year-old The Tasting Room 03 62.0 % 2007 - 82.30 1
Kilkerran 04-year-old Christmas 2008 Private Bottling 04 46.0 % 2008 - 85.00 -
Kilkerran 04-year-old The Tasting Room 04 59.4 % 2008 - 82.00 -
Kilkerran 04-year-old The Tasting Room 04 62.5 % 2008 - - -
Kilkerran 04-year-old The Tasting Room 04 61.5 % 2008 - 85.00 -
Kilkerran 04-year-old The Tasting Room 04 58.6 % 2008 - 83.50 -
Kilkerran 05-year-old Springbank Open Day - Stamp: bottled at the distillery 05 48.5 % 2009 - 79.50 -
Kilkerran 05-year-old Springbank Open Day - Stamp: bottled at the distillery 05 59.7 % 2009 - 80.00 -
Kilkerran 05-year-old Springbank Open Day - without additional stamp 05 48.5 % 2009 - 86.00 -
Kilkerran 05-year-old Springbank Open Day - without additional stamp 05 59.7 % 2009 - 84.50 -
Kilkerran 05-year-old The Tasting Room 05 59.7 % 2010 - - -
Kilkerran 06-year-old The Tasting Room 06 60.3 % 2011 - 85.25 -
Kilkerran 08-year-old The Tasting Room 08 59.8 % 2012 - 86.50 -
Kilkerran 08-year-old Open Day 2016 08 56.4 % 2016 - 84.71 -
Kilkerran 08-year-old Cask Strength 08 56.2 % 2017 - 87.73 -
Kilkerran 09-year-old Open Day 2015 09 58.3 % 2015 - 86.54 -
Kilkerran 10-year-old The Tasting Room 10 60.2 % 2014 - 85.75 -
Kilkerran 12-year-old 12 46.0 % 2016 - 86.88 2
Kilkerran 2004 Limited Edition - Single Cask 11 57.4 % 2015 - 87.57 -
Kilkerran 2004 Single Cask 11 55.7 % 2015 - 86.00 -
Kilkerran 2004 Single Cask 11 55.5 % 2015 - 86.40 -
Kilkerran 2004 12th Anniversary Dinner Campbeltown - 55.5 % 2016 - 90.00 -
Kilkerran 2004 Bourbon First six casks 10 46.0 % 2014 3 84.67 -
Kilkerran 2004 Fino First six casks 10 46.0 % 2014 4 86.33 -
Kilkerran 2004 Madeira First six casks 10 46.0 % 2014 2 85.40 -
Kilkerran 2004 Oloroso First six casks 10 46.0 % 2014 1 89.17 -
Kilkerran 2004 Port First six casks 10 46.0 % 2014 5 84.25 -
Kilkerran 2004 Rum First six casks 10 46.0 % 2014 6 86.75 -
Kilkerran 2005 Single Cask 10 55.1 % 2015 - 88.09 -
Kilkerran 2005 Single Cask 10 55.1 % 2015 - 86.00 -
Kilkerran 2006 Limited Edition - Single Cask 09 57.3 % 2015 - 86.50 -
Kilkerran 2006 Single Cask 09 57.4 % 2015 - 88.11 -
Kilkerran 2006 10th Anniversary Dinner - 64.4 % 2014 2006/1 86.33 -
Kilkerran 2007 Single Cask 08 61.0 % 2015 - 87.16 -
Kilkerran 2007 Single Cask 08 61.0 % 2015 - 87.00 -
Kilkerran Bourbon Wood First Cask Selection 05 60.3 % 2009 3 - -
Kilkerran Distillery Visitors 2016 Private Bottling - - 2016 - 83.33 -
Kilkerran Distillery Visitors 2017 Private Bottling - - 2017 - - -
Kilkerran Fino Wood First Cask Selection 05 59.1 % 2009 2 - -
Kilkerran Madeira Wood First Cask Selection 05 60.0 % 2009 1 - -
Kilkerran New Spirit - - - - 72.00 -
Kilkerran Oloroso Wood First Cask Selection 05 60.1 % 2009 4 85.00 -
Kilkerran Port Wood First Cask Selection 05 59.8 % 2009 6 - -
Kilkerran Rum Wood First Cask Selection 05 60.6 % 2009 5 - -
Kilkerran The Tasting Room - 59.8 % 2016 - 86.00 -
Kilkerran The Tasting Room - 57.8 % 2016 - 77.00 -
Kilkerran The Tasting Room - 60.0 % 2015 - 88.67 -
Kilkerran The Tasting Room The Tasting Room 10 51.3 % 2016 - 83.67 1
Kilkerran Work in Progress - 46.0 % 2009 - 82.45 -
Kilkerran Work in Progress 2nd Release - 46.0 % 2010 - 82.72 1
Kilkerran Work in Progress 3rd Release - 46.0 % 2011 - 83.99 1
Kilkerran Work in Progress 4th Release - 46.0 % 2012 - 84.24 1
Kilkerran Work in Progress 5th Release - Sherry - 46.0 % 2013 - 83.46 -
Kilkerran Work in Progress 5th Release - Bourbon - 46.0 % 2013 - 85.68 1
Kilkerran Work in Progress 6th Release - Bourbon - 46.0 % 2014 - 86.23 1
Kilkerran Work in Progress 6th Release - Sherry - 46.0 % 2014 - 84.45 -
Kilkerran Work in Progress 7th Release - Sherry - 46.0 % 2015 - 84.72 -
Kilkerran Work in Progress 7th Release - Bourbon - 54.1 % 2015 - 88.08 1

About Glengyle

Annual production 50,000 litres and six week run only.

The history of Mitchell’s Glengyle distillery is a long and colourful one, but one which begins with a man named William Mitchell. William was the son of Archibald Mitchell, the founder of nearby Springbank Distillery. In the second half of the 1800s William ran Springbank Distillery in a partnership with his brother John, while the other brothers and sister were active running the old Rieclachan Distillery across the town.

The family were not just distillers but also farmers, which was quite a common thing in those days. The growing of barley and production of farmers’ feed (a bi-product from mashing) meant that it made sense to run a distillery as well as being a farmer to keep the cost down. The farming element in the partnership with John didn’t run very smoothly – allegedly the two brothers had a quarrel about sheep – and this saw William leave the family business to start up his own venture, Glengyle Distillery on the corner of Glebe Street and Glengyle Road, just down the road from Springbank. Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery was founded by William Mitchell in 1872 and he ran the distillery as a sole proprietor.

Like the majority of Campbeltown distilleries, Glengyle suffered greatly during the economic downturn at the beginning of the 20th century. It was bought by West Highland Malt Distilleries Ltd in 1919 then sold again in 1924 for the princely sum of £300, before production finally ceased altogether in 1925. The entire spirit stock from the Glengyle Distillery was auctioned off on the 8th of April that same year.

Despite not producing any more spirit, the Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery buildings remained in relatively constant use right up to modern days. In the 1920s the building was rented out to Campbeltown Miniature Rifle Club for a number of years and the buildings were later used a depot and sales office for an agricultural company and so it remained the best preserved of all the former Campbeltown distilleries.

Possibly because the buildings were so well preserved, a number of attempts have been made to re-open Glengyle Distillery in the past. The first was a mere 16 years after it had closed down when it was bought by the Bloch Brothers, then owners of Glen Scotia Distillery, who planned to rebuild and extend Glengyle. The war intervened however and nothing came of it. A further attempt was made in 1957 when Campbell Henderson applied for outline planning permission to undertake a £250,000 modernisation of Glengyle and re-open it but again nothing came of it. Third time lucky though as in November 2000, 75 years after Glengyle had last produced spirit, it was announced that the buildings had been bought by a new company, Mitchell’s Glengyle Limited, headed by Mr Hedley Wright, chairman of J&A Mitchell and Co Ltd, and great-great nephew of William Mitchell, original founder of Glengyle.

Why name the whisky Kilkerran?

Kilkerran is the name that was chosen for the single malt produced at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery, there are two reasons for this. Firstly, because the name Glengyle is already used for a blended Highland malt and Mitchell’s Glengyle Ltd were not able to purchase the rights to use that name. They also wished to avoid any possible confusion between the newest single malt to come from the Campbeltown region and a pre-existing blended Highland malt.

Secondly, and more importantly, Mitchell’s Glengyle Ltd are very proud to be continuing and adding to the great Campbeltown Distilling tradition and the choice of name reflects that. Kilkerran is derived from the Gaelic ‘Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain’ which is the name of the original settlement where Saint Kerran had his religious cell and where Campbeltown now stands. Kilkerran is thought to be a suitable name for a new Campbeltown malt since it was unusual for the old Campbeltown distilleries to be called after a Glen, a custom more usually associated with the Speyside region.

Source: http://www.kilkerransinglemalt.com (16-01-2014)

Details
Distillery location
85 Longrow, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6EX

Scotland Campbeltown
Average Rating

84.75

25 votes

Average Shop & Tour
  • 85.44
    Ambiance
  • 79.60
    Selection
  • 85.48
    Value
  • 88.48
    Service
Andytka3 Review note
less than a year ago
Total
81
Ambiance
85
Selection
74
Value
80
Service
85
mixa Review note
less than a year ago
Total
89
Ambiance
90
Selection
80
Value
90
Service
95
Mr.Edradour Note
less than a year ago

No production two days prior the malt festival 2016, but even worth a visit.

Mr.Edradour Review note
less than a year ago
Total
88
Ambiance
90
Selection
85
Value
80
Service
95
karloff Review note
less than a year ago

As it was Glengyle,s day to host the malts festival, the tour was free. A young lad took us round and it was very interesting to see, even though it wasn't working at the time. A couple of weird things happened while we were there, as we all came down the stairs from the stills to leave, it sounded like there was someone still up there, in fact the tour guide went back up to make sure and there was no one there. Again we went into a room where they fill the whisky barrels and the lad was showing us their range and the door slammed shut. I think there was another type of spirit in there. 

Total
84
Ambiance
88
Selection
70
Value
90
Service
87
Whisky,no doubt, is a Devil; but why has this Devil so many worshippers?
peatbogger Review note
less than a year ago

Had this in combination with the Springbank tour, and with the same guide. Nothing going on while we were there, but still worth a look.


Total
89
Ambiance
90
Selection
80
Value
85
Service
100
GLEN MAUR Review note
less than a year ago
Total
83
Ambiance
88
Selection
69
Value
87
Service
87
[my-collection]
Ruud6421 Review note
about a year ago
Total
83
Ambiance
82
Selection
75
Value
84
Service
90
[my-collection] [my-marketplace]
RoyalScotsman Review note
about a year ago
Total
88
Ambiance
80
Selection
80
Value
95
Service
95
Gronqvist Review note
about a year ago

Had an excellent tour, with the now retired Jim Innes, who was very organized and knew a lot about the distillery. The tour was a part of a tour on Springbank. The distillery is working only one month a year, in November ( according to Jim ). We visited the distillery in June so there was no production going on at that time, but it was fun to watch a empty and silence distillery, anyway. We were the only ones on the distillery and could walk around where we would and look into the empty stills and so on. Can be recommended for any who come to Campbeltown. 

Total
93
Ambiance
98
Selection
79
Value
96
Service
100
[my-collection]
Distillery location
85 Longrow, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6EX

Scotland Campbeltown
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