|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||-||84.47||-|
|Kilkerran 09-year-old Open Day 2015||09||58.3 %||2015||-||86.55||-|
|Kilkerran 10-year-old The Tasting Room||10||60.2 %||2014||-||85.75||-|
|Kilkerran 12-year-old||12||46.0 %||2016||-||86.91||2|
|Kilkerran 2004 Limited Edition - Single Cask||11||57.4 %||2015||-||87.72||-|
|Kilkerran 2004 Single Cask||11||55.7 %||2015||-||86.00||-|
|Kilkerran 2004 Single Cask||11||55.5 %||2015||-||87.33||-|
|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||-||86.67||-|
|Kilkerran 2006 Single Cask||09||57.4 %||2015||-||88.17||-|
|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||-||83.50||-|
|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||-||84.50||1|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress||-||46.0 %||2009||-||82.42||-|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 2nd Release||-||46.0 %||2010||-||82.69||1|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 3rd Release||-||46.0 %||2011||-||83.96||1|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 4th Release||-||46.0 %||2012||-||84.24||1|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 5th Release - Sherry||-||46.0 %||2013||-||83.42||-|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 5th Release - Bourbon||-||46.0 %||2013||-||85.69||1|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 6th Release - Bourbon||-||46.0 %||2014||-||86.23||1|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 6th Release - Sherry||-||46.0 %||2014||-||84.44||-|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 7th Release - Sherry||-||46.0 %||2015||-||84.70||-|
|Kilkerran Work in Progress 7th Release - Bourbon||-||54.1 %||2015||-||88.11||1|
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)
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