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KILKERRAN                         46 %       INFO                                                       
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Matured in Oak
Not Chill Filtered
No added Colouring
Mitchell's Glengyle Ltd, Campbeltown

KILKERRAN   46 % INFO;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

DISTILLED  AT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

GLENGYLE  DISTILLERY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

WORK  IN  PROGRESS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

BATCH  III                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Matured in Oa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Not  Chill Filtered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

No added Colouring                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Glengyle Distillery, Campbeltown

KILKERRAN    46 % INFO:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

DISTILLED  AT                                                                                                                                                                         

GLENGYLE  DISTILLERY                                                                                                                                                                                 

WORK  IN  PROGESS                                                                                                                                                                    

BATCH  IV                                                                                                                                                                                 

  Matured in Oak                                                                                                                                                                             

 Not Chill Filtered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 No added Colouring                                                                                                                                                                                  

 Glengyle Distillery, Campbeltown

W I P  5
Matured in oak
Not chill filtered
No added colouring
Distilled at Glengyle Distillery,

KILKERRAN  46 % INFO                       
W I P  5
Matured in oak
Not chill filtered
No added colouring
Distilled at Glengyle Distillery,

KILKERRAN  ( 2004 -      also see Glengyle

Mitchell's Glengyle Ltd, are very proud to be continuing and adding to the great Campbel-
town 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 Kieran had his religious cell and Campbeltown now stands

Kilkerran is thought to be a suitable name for a new Campbeltown Malt since it was ususual
for the old Campbeltown distilleries to be called after a Glen, a custom more usually asso -
ciated with the Speyside region


also see Kilkerran ( 2000 /                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 production starts 2004


Glengyle is founded by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

William Mitchell

West Highland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Distilleries Ltd new owner
1925   Glengyle is closed

The warehouses are bought by Craig Brothers rebuilt in a garage and petrol station                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Bloch Brothers, whisky brokers and owners of Scapa and Glen Scotia buys Glengyle but never reopened the distillery                                                                                                                                                        1954.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sir Maurice Bloch sold his business to Hiram Walker,Gooderham and Worts                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1957  

Campbell Henderson has the intention to reopen Glengyle Distillery    


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       


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 ,


December 2012

Springbank Distillers has announced a change of strategy for Kilkerran Single Malt Whisky.

Kilkerran opened on March 25th 2004.

The first release as a Work in Progress was is 2009 as a 5 years old.

A new company is formed to take Kilkerran as a Brand forward, the name will be Mitchell's
Glengyle Ltd.

From January 7th onwards the new company will assume responsibility for selling and mar-
keting of Kilkerran.

"Kilkerran will be 9 years old in 2013 and it is time for it to step out of the shadow of Springbank", says Ranald Watson, the Sales Manager at Springbank, and he added:" 2016
has always been the target for Kilkerran for the full launch and as we approach that
milestone it is time that we begin to build momentum for Kilkerran, we have taken a low
key approach with Kilkerran since its frist release in 2009 and it now time tp develop this
Single Malt Whisky"

Campbeltown, a whisky region in its own right

The history of Mitchell’s Glengyle distillery is a long and colourful one, but one which begins with a man named William Mitchell. William was the son of Archibald Mitchell, the founder of nearby Springbank Distillery. In the second half of the 1800s William ran Springbank Distillery in a partnership with his brother John, while the other brothers and sister were active running the old Rieclachan Distillery across the town.  The family were not just distillers but also farmers, which was quite a common thing in those days. The growing of barley and production of farmers’ feed (a bi-product from mashing) meant that it made sense to run a distillery as well as being a farmer to keep the cost down. The farming element in the partnership with John didn’t run very smoothly – allegedly the two brothers had a quarrel about sheep – and this saw William leave the family business to start up his own venture, Glengyle Distillery on the corner of Glebe Street and Glengyle Road, just down the road from Springbank. Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery was founded by William Mitchell in 1872 and he ran the distillery as a sole proprietor.Like the majority of Campbeltown distilleries, Glengyle suffered greatly during the economic downturn at the beginning of the 20th century. It was bought by West Highland Malt Distilleries Ltd in 1919 then sold again in 1924 for the princely sum of £300, before production finally ceased altogether in 1925. The entire spirit stock from the Glengyle Distillery was auctioned off on the 8th of April that same year.

Despite not producing any more spirit, the Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery buildings remained in relatively constant use right up to modern days. In the 1920s the building was rented out to Campbeltown Miniature Rifle Club for a number of years and the buildings were later used a depot and sales office for an agricultural company and so it remained the best preserved of all the former Campbeltown distilleries.

Possibly because the buildings were so well preserved, a number of attempts have been made to re-open Glengyle Distillery in the past. The first was a mere 16 years after it had closed down when it was bought by the Bloch Brothers, then owners of Glen Scotia Distillery, who planned to rebuild and extend Glengyle. The war intervened however and nothing came of it. A further attempt was made in 1957 when Campbell Henderson applied for outline planning permission to undertake a £250,000 modernisation of Glengyle and re-open it but again nothing came of it. {CC 6/1/40 pdf} {OT 13/7/57 pdf}Third time lucky though as in November 2000, 75 years after Glengyle had last produced spirit, it was announced that the buildings had been bought by a new company, Mitchell’s Glengyle Limited, headed by Mr Hedley Wright, chairman of J&A Mitchell and Co Ltd, and great-great nephew of William Mitchell, original founder of Glengyle.

Why name the whisky Kilkerran?
Kilkerran is the name that was chosen for the single malt produced at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery, there are two reasons for this. Firstly, because the name Glengyle is already used for a blended Highland malt and Mitchell’s Glengyle Ltd were not able to purchase the rights to use that name. They also wished to avoid any possible confusion between the newest single malt to come from the Campbeltown region and a pre-existing blended Highland malt.

Secondly, and more importantly, 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.


Back with the family who founded the distillery in 1872

Look through our slideshow below to learn about our rebuild
Where to start
War on pigeon waste
Sympathetic restoration work
Sourcing equipment
A little extra help
Mashing equipment
Still alteration
Spirit safe in place
We’ve got the power
Milling around
Finishing touches
Where to start

When bought in November 2000, the Glengyle buildings were but a shell, inhabitable only by the pigeons who made their home amongst the long forgotten agricultural machinery. Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery Ltd were faced with the herculean task of transforming this abandoned, albeit architecturally sound, Victorian building in to a shining modern distillery, the first of the new millennium.

where to start

Campbeltown, whisky capital of the world

Campbeltown have three fully operational single malt distilleries all located in the town itself, this makes it one of Scotland’s recognised whisky-producing regions. The town is situated on the Kintyre peninsula, near by the famous Mull of Kintyre, some 240 km from Glasgow.

It is a historic Royal Burgh and has been occupied for over 8000 years. Once home to a big fishing fleet, there were also no less than 34 legal distilleries established here during the 19th century, earning the town the nickname “The Whisky Capital of the World”.

By 1925, with the closing of the Reichlachan and Glengyle Distillery, Springbank and Glen Scotia were the only distilleries left.  The opening of Mitchells Glengyle Distillery on 25th March 2004 increased the number of distilleries in Campbeltown to three, allowing the town to legitimately reclaim its place amongst the great whisky producing regions.



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.

Glengyle distillery is built by William Mitchell
Mitchell sells the distillery to West Highland Malt Distillers
Glengyle distillery is closed
Bloch Bros acquires the distillery with ambitions to reopen, but WWII intervened
Mitchell’s Glengyle Ltd, a subsidiary of J&A Mitchell, purchases the distillery buildings. The Glengyle brand remained with Bloch Bros
Glengyle starts distilling Kilkerran malt spirit
The first Kilkerran ‘Work-in-Progress’ annual release is revealed
The first 12-year-old Kilkerran expression is released

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