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door at Springbank) which is fermented in boatskin larch washbacks before distillation in a pair of stills which were originally made for the Ben Wyvis distillery [see Invergordon] which neatly enough was where McHardy began his 50-plus year whisky career.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.  

  • Region
    Campbeltown
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working
  • Brands produced here
    Kilkerran

Glengyle History

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.

Timeline

  • 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

Glengyle Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    0.75
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    72-110hrs
  • Filling Strength i
    63-64%
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    4
  • Heat Source i
    Steam kettles and coils
  • Malt Specification i
    8-10ppm
  • Malt Supplier i
    Various, of Scottish origin
  • Mash Tun Material i
    Stainless Steel
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Semi-Lauter
  • New-make Strength i
    68-69%
  • Single Malt Percentage i
    90%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    10,800
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Onion
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    15,000
  • Stills i
    2
  • Warehousing i
    Racking and dunnage
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    11,000
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Onion
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    18,000
  • Washback Charge (l) i
    30,000
  • Washback Size (l) i
    30,000
  • Washback Type i
    Wood
  • Washbacks i
    4
  • Water Source i
    Crosshill Loch
  • Yeast Type i
    M

Owners

Parent company

Current owner

  • Mitchell's Glengyle

Previous owners

  • Campbell Henderson 1957 - 1970
  • Bloch Brothers 1940 - 1957
  • West Highland Malt Distilleries 1919 - 1924
  • William Mitchell 1872 - 1919

Contact

Address
Glengyle Distillery
9 Bolgam Street
Campbeltown
Argyll
PA28 6LR
United Kingdom
Website
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Phone
+44 1586 555428
Email
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See also

  • Glen Scotia Glen Scotia Glen Scotia Distillery & brand

    Glen Scotia

    One of Scotland’s smallest distilleries.

  • J&A Mitchell & Company J&A Mitchell & Company J&A Mitchell & Company Distiller & blender

    J&A Mitchell & Company

    Owner of two Campbeltown distilleries.

  • Springbank Springbank Springbank Distillery & brand

    Springbank

    Multi-faceted Campbeltown distillery.

  • William Cadenhead William Cadenhead William Cadenhead Independent bottler

    William Cadenhead

    One of the oldest independent whisky bottlers in Scotland.

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