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During 2002 - 2003 the distillery equipment was installed and in October 2003 the distillery was connected with its water supply from the Crosshill Loch. The boilers fitted in November followed by the four 30,000 washbacks in January 2004.
The distillery was officially opened by Dr Winifred Ewing and Mr Hedley Wright on the 25th of March 2004.
Why Kilkerran? Well, for two reasons. Firstly, because the name Glengyle is already used for a Vatted Highland malt and Mitchell's Glengyle Ltd. were not able to buy the rights to use the name. They also wished to avoid any possible confusion between the newest Single Malt to come from the Campbeltown region and a pre-existing vatted Highland malt.
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.
Mitchell's Glengyle Distillery has been up and running since 2004 and the stocks of Kilkerran are maturing very nicely in the warehouses.
To mark the opening of the distillery, the first six casks filled from the very first spirit run have been set aside to be bottled in 2014 when the whisky reaches 10 years old.
The six casks are of different wood types and were chosen in conjunction with Willie Taylor from Broxburn Cooperage to ensure that they were of the finest quality prior to being filled. Limited to 700 bottles from each cask, the bottles are available now and will be the only official bottling of 10 year old Kilkerran.
Everyone who purchases a bottle receives a certificate of ownership along with a miniature sample of the new-make spirit and a second miniature, this time containing three year old Kilkerran. In addition, those who purchase a full set will be given a special miniature set, bottled at five years old to give you a chance to see how your whisky is maturing.
For more information on visiting the distillery, call +44 (1) 586 551710
Glen Gyle Distillery Bottlings
Kilkerran Single Malt
Kilkerran “Work In Progress” 1, 2, 3, 4
Kilkerran “Work In Progress” 5 Sherry Matured
Kilkerran “Work In Progress” 5 Bourbon Matured
Kilkerran “Work In Progress” 6 Sherry Matured
Kilkerran “Work In Progress” 6 Bourbon Matured
Mitchell's Glengyle Blend
Kilkerran Single Malt Scotch Whisky 40% 70cl
Work in progress Tasting note..
Nose: An initial burst of perfume leads you into a sweet, fruity and eventally spicy aroma.
Palate: Cloves, more fruits and sweetness, Still at work in progress, this whisky is already lively, zesty and full of flavour.
Finish: The sweetness lasts all the way to the finish as vanilla flavours linger on the tongue.
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The distillery is using a combination of new and reconditioned equipment brought in, on the site of the original Glengyle distillery, (1872 to 1925) the site has witnessed various uses, a rifle range (1940) Farmers co-operative 1970's by this time all the equipment had been stripped out and the warehousing used as a coach garage.
In November 2000 Mitchell's Glengyle Ltd was formed under the chairmanship of Mr Hedley Wright (great nephew of the original builder William Mitchell.) with the intention of operating a completely refurbished distillery.
Work started in December 2000 with the building restoration taking over a year. In January 2002 the stills at the Ben Wyvis distillery became available on inspection it was decided alterations to the still shoulders and necks was required. A suitable malt mill was acquired from the Craigellachie distillery.