Februari 2001 De Springbank distilleerderij maakt bekend dat de aangrenzende gebouwen van de voormalige Glengyle distilleerderij zijn gekocht met de bedoeling om hier weer whisky te gaan produceren in 2004 / 2005. Glengyle werd gesticht in 1873 door William Mitchell. Het was een kleine distilleerderij met twee ketels, drie lagerpakhuizen en 14 medewerkers. De distilleerderij werd in 1919 gekocht door West Highland Malt Distillers Ltd, maar sloot in 1925. De gehele voorraad van zowel Glengyle als Dalaruan werd op 8 April 1925 geveild. De lagerpakhuizen werden in 1929 gekocht door de Craig Brothers en werden in gebruik genomen als garage en benzinestation. In 1941 werd het gebouw, waarin de distilleerderij zelf was gevestigd gekocht door de ge-broeders Bloch, toen de eigenaars van Glen Scotia, de bedoeling was om Glengyle weer op te starten, maar door de tweede wereldoorlog ging dit niet door. In Juli 1957 wilde Campbell Henderson Glengyle opnieuw opstarten maar ook dit ging niet, door. Glengyle is de meest komplete en best bewaarde distilleerderij van de stad Campbeltown. Brothers John & William Mitchell, founders of the Springbank Distillery, parted company leaving John and his son Archibald, in charge of Springbank. William Mitchell went on to build the Glengyle Distillery which started production in 1873. J. & A. Mitchell's present chairman and managing director is both great grandson and great nephew of John & William respectively, making both Springbank and Glengyle Distilleries private and family owned Scottish companies. Glengyle operated for 52 years before ceasing production in 1925 when there was a world wide dowturn in the demand for whisky. During the last 75 years the buildings have been well maintained and used for a variety of different uses including a rifle range and latterly a farmers cooperative. With this venture J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd are showing their commitment to expanding the existing distillery industrie in Campbeltown and hence confirming its place as one of the whisky distilling regions of Scotland. It is anticipated that the distillery will produce spirit during 2003. The first distillation at Glengyle will contain a variety of different wood types including ex rum, port, madeira, cognac, selected sherry and bourbon thus providing some exceptional flavours. A limited number of bottles are being set aside from this unique distillation. The whisky will be bottled as a 10 year old in 2013. Het gebouwencomplex waarin vroeger de Glengyle distilleerderij was gehuisvest, werd in 2000 gekocht door de eigenaars van Springbank.
Gedurende 2001 werden panden gerenoveerd en verbouwd. In Februari 2002 werden de ketels en condensers van de Ben Wyvis distilleerderij, gevestigd in de graandistilleerderij van Invergordon aangeschaft, en naar ideeën van Frank McHardy de manager van Springbank gewijzigd. In hetzelfde jaar werd de Malt Mill van Craigellachie gekocht. In Maart 2003 werd begonnen met het instaleren van het ketelhuis en werd een pijpleiding aangelegd voor de aanvoer van water van Crosshill Loch. Vier Larikshouten washbacks van elk 30.000 liter inhoud werden geinstaleerd in Januari 2004. Glengyle Distillery werd opgestart op 1 Maart 2004. De whisky zal als Kilkerran op de markt komen. De naam is afgeleid van het Keltische 'Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain' wat de vroegere naam was van de plek is wat nu Campbeltown heet. De naam Glengyle staat ook voor een vatted malt van wat eerder een merk was van Gibson International en nu Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd. Over deze naam kon men niet beschikken.
7 th Oct 2002 The first distillation at Glengyle since 1925 will take place during 2004 and from the filling we will set aside casks to be bottled at ten years old. The six casks will all be different and will be selected in conjunction with Willie Taylor at Broxburn Cooperage to ensure the casks are fully coopered prior to filling. The wood types are as follows: Fresh Sherry - ex Oloroso Fresh Sherry - ex Fino Fresh Rum - ex Demerara Fresh Madeira - ex Henriques & Henriques Fresh Port - ex Cocksburns Fresh Bourbon - ex Jim Beam Maturation will take place over a ten year period in a traditional earth floored warehouse which will allow the whisky to develop and absorb, naturally, the unique flavours associated with the wood types used. Limited to 700 bottles of each wood type. Price per bottle £ 1 Price per set £ 9 for J. & A Mitchell & Co,Ltd, Mr Frank McHardy, General Manager.
GLENGYLE also see Kilkerran ( 2000 / production starts 2004
1872 Glengyle is founded by William Mitchell 1919 West Highland Distilleries Ltd new owner 1925 Glengyle is closed 1929 The warehouses are bought by Craig Brothers rebuilt in a garage and petrol station 1941 Bloch Brothers, whisky brokers and owners of Scapa and Glen Scotia buys Glengyle but never reopened the distillery, and Sir Maurice Bloch sold his business to Hiram Walker, Gooderham and Worts in 1954. 1957 Campbell Henderson has the intention to reopen Glengyle Distillery
2000 Hedley Wright, owner of Springbank Distillery buys Glengyle Distillery 2004 First distillation takes place in March 2007 First Limited Release, a 3 year old Glengyle is released 2009 Kilkerran, ' Work in progress " is launched 2010 Kilkerran, "Work in progress 2" is launched 2011 Kilkerran, "Work in progress 3" is launched
The stills, spirit safe and spirit receiver came from Ben Wyvis. The body mill was bought from Craigellachie.
The semi lauter wash tun is made by Forsyth in Rothes 4 Wash backs are new and made from boat skin larch and each 30.000 litres. The capacity is 750.000 litres.
MITCHELL'S GLENGYLE Mitchell's Glengyle
DISTILLER & BLENDER
A subsidiary of J&A Mitchell, which operates Glengyle distillery and produces Kilkerran single malt.
When J&A Mitchell acquired the silent Glengyle distillery in 2000 it established a new subsidiary named Mitchell’s Glengyle to operate the site.
Kilkerran single malt – the name for Glengyle’s whisky – and Mitchell’s blend are both produced under its name.
By the year 2000 Campbeltown’s Glengyle distillery had lain silent for 75 years. Its glory days as a malt whisky distillery seemed a distant dream, and a new life as a rifle range and grain store had settled in.
J&A Mitchell changed all that. The owner of Springbank and independent bottler Wm Cadenhead acquired the distillery and established Mitchell’s Glengyle as a subsidiary to operate the site.
The group, led by Mr. Hedley Wright, spent the next four years refurbishing the plant, which finally reopened in 2004. The trademark for Glengyle had passed to Bloch Bros, the distillery’s previous owner, so the distillery’s whisky was bottled under the brand name Kilkerran – the original Gaelic name for Campbeltown.
Kilkerran was first released as a 5-year-old ‘work in progress’ single malt in 2009, while the brand’s first permanent expression – a 12-year-old – was issued in 2016.
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CAMPBELTOWN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
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J&A Mitchell & Company (Current owner)
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.
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CAMPBELTOWN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Kilkerran single malt was born from the rebirth of Glengyle distillery in 2004. The Campbeltown distillery, which had closed in 1925, was reopened after the turn of the century by J&A Mitchell. However, the Glengyle brand name had been previously sold to Bloch Bros, leaving the distillery’s new owners to consider an alternative name for its single malt. Kilkerran – Cille Chiarain in Gaelic – is the original name of Campbeltown.
Lightly peated and non-chill-filtered, the 12-year-old is matured 70% in ex-Bourbon casks and 30% in ex-Sherry casks. The result is a far cry from the traditional heavy malt distilled at Glengyle during the Victorian era.
The annual ‘Work-in-Progress’ releases were matured either in ex-Bourbon or ex-Sherry and were released in quantities of between nine and 18,000 bottles.
Glengyle distillery was founded by William Mitchell in 1872, and it remained in family ownership until 1919. After it was closed by West Highland Malt Distilleries in 1925 the distillery and remaining stocks were acquired by Bloch Bros, which had also bought Glen Scotia.
The distillery was silent for three-quarters of a century, but was purchased by J&A Mitchell in 2000. Four years later Glengyle was reopened, and its first Kilkerran single malt released in 2009 as a 5-year-old ‘Work-in-Progress’ expression. Annual work in progress releases continued thereafter until 2015.
In 2016 a permanent 12-year-old expression was released.