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Kilkerran 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Campbeltown :: Scotland
12 Year old
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, 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 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.
At Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery we do a traditional scottish double distillation. Our copper stills came from a closed distillery called Ben Wyvis. We had to re-shape the copper stills to our preference prior to installation. The wort exits the washback and goes into the wash still where it is boiled up to produce a vapour. The vapour is cooled down by the condensers, also purchased from Ben Wyvis distillery, and we are now left with a liquid called Low wines of around 21-23% ABV. The Low wines are re-distilled a second time in our second still called the spirit still, this produces an even stronger alcohol called feints. The heart of the spirit run is collected at 68% ABV in the spirit receiver situated on the lower floor of the distillery. The pot ale and spent lees are collected in the effluent tank at the back of the distillery, to be collected by local farmers to use as fertiliser in theirs fields. Nothing goes to waste!
Our first casks were laid down in 2004, we are currently bottling every year but we’re keeping some whisky behind to grow older. Once the whisky became the ripe age of 12 years old in 2016, we bottled what has become our flagship whisky. However, we will be continuing to mature some casks further for exciting future releases.
Oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows and dried fruit pudding, as well as cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat.
Initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel,followed by vanilla, butterscotch, honeycomb and digestive biscuits.
Velvety and smooth with lemon meringue, to conclude, there’s an oiliness and a saltiness that you’d expect from a Campbeltown dram.