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GLENGYLE  also see Kilkerran             

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.                                                                                                                                                            

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.  

BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
Kilkerran

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
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


J&A Mitchell & Company
2000 - present
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


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