The single malt whisky brand produced at Campbeltown’s Glengyle distillery.
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glengyle’s semi-lauter mash tun gives clear wort (from barley malted next door at Springbank) which is fermented in boatskin larch washbacks before distillation in a pair of stills which were originally made for the Ben Wyvis distillery [see Invergordon] which neatly enough was where McHardy began his 50-plus year whisky career.
He tweaked the shape of the stills, rounding the shoulders of the base and also giving the lyne arms an upward slant. The style is therefore light and fragrant. A number of styles have been made with variations in peat and triple distillation all tried.
The Mitchell family was the dominant force in Campbeltown’s distilling community in the 19th century. By 1872, John and his son Alexander were running Springbank; John’s brothers Hugh, William, and Archibald had founded Riechlachan, situated next door, while Archibald’s son, William, had just started his own distillery, Glengyle, which was next door again. He sold in 1919 to the short-lived, R&B-backed, consortium of Campbeltown distillers: West Highland Malt Distilleries [Ardlussa, Dalintober, Glen Nevis, Glen Scotia, Kinloch] but the venture failed and, in 1925, it was one of many Campbeltown plants to close down.
Perhaps surprisingly, there was still remaining stock in the 1940s when the distillery and the Glengyle brand name were bought by blenders Bloch Bros which had also bought Glen Scotia [see also Scapa]. There were plans mooted to reopen but they came to nothing and the plant became a rifle range, and feed store.
In 2000, however, J&A Mitchell [Springbank] bought the site and four years later Glengyle reopened. Because the Glengyle trademark had passed to Bloch Bros (and subsequent owners of Glen Scotia) the brand is called Kilkerran – the original name of Campbeltown. The first release was in 2007 and has been followed by annual ‘Works in Progress’. A 12-year-old is planned for 2016.
- 1872 William Mitchell opens Glengyle Distillery next door to Riechlachan
- 1919 Glengyle is bought by West Highland Malt Distilleries
- 1925 The plant is closed and becomes silent
- 1941 The Bloch Brothers acquire the distillery and brand name but fail to fire the stills up again
- 2000 J&A Mitchell, owner of Springbank, buys the site
- 2004 Glengyle begins distilling once again after 80 years in silence
- 2007 The distillery releases its first limited expression under the brand Kilkerran
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Distillery & brand
Multi-faceted Campbeltown distillery.
One of the oldest independent whisky bottlers in Scotland.
Distiller & blender
A subsidiary of J&A Mitchell, which operates Glengyle distillery and produces Kilkerran single malt.