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KILKERRAN  

46 %      

INFO                                                       
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
DISTILLED  AT  GLENGYLE
DISTILLERY  CAMPBELTOWN
WORK  IN  PROGRESS
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


KILKERRAN                        

46 %  
INFO                                                      
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
DISTILLED  AT  GLENGYLE
DISTILLERY  CAMPBELTOWN
WORK  IN  PROGRESS
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 %
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DISTILLED  AT                                                                                                                                                                         
GLENGYLE  DISTILLERY                                                                                                                                                                                 
WORK  IN  PROGESS                                                                                                                                                                    
BATCH  IV                                                                                                                                                                                 
Matured in Oak                                                                                                                                                                             
Not Chill Filtered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
No added Colouring                                                                                                                                                                                  
Glengyle Distillery, Campbeltown
          
GLENGYLE  DISTILLERY
46 % INFO
WORK  
IN  PROGRESS
W I P  5
Matured in oak
BOURBON  WOOD
Not chill filtered
No added colouring
Distilled at Glengyle Distillery,
Campbeltown

KILKERRAN  
46 %
INFO                      
GLENGYLE  DISTILLERY
WORK  IN  PROGRESS
W I P  5
Matured in oak
SHERRY  WOOD
Not chill filtered
No added colouring
Distilled at Glengyle Distillery,
Campbeltown


KILKERRAN  

46 %

INFO                       
GLENGYLE  DISTILLERY
WORK  IN  PROGRESS
W I P  5
Matured in oak
SHERRY  WOOD
Not chill filtered
No added colouring
Distilled at Glengyle Distillery,
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, Campbeltownn



KILKERRAN 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 regio


1872   

Glengyle is founded by                                                                                                                                                                                 
William Mitchell
Distilleries Ltd new owner

1925   

Glengyle is closed
1929   

The warehouses are                                                                                                                                                                                                 
bought by Craig Brothers rebuilt                                                                                                                                                                    
in a garage and petrol station
                            
1941
  

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
also see Glengyle Distillery


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 ,

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"


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.

MITCHELL'S GLENGYLE
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.

ASSOCIATED COMPANIES
J&A Mitchell & Company
Eaglesome
William Cadenhead


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.

PRODUCED AT
Glengyle

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.

The old Glengyle buildings were no more than shells when the site was bought in 2000. Today, the interior of the main building has been filled by a modern, single level distillery designed by J&A Mitchell’s former production director Frank McHardy.


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.

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

J&A Mitchell & Company
2000 - present
Mitchell's Glengyle
Campbell Henderson
1957 - 1970
Bloch Brothers
1940 - 1957
West Highland Malt Distilleries
1919 - 1924
William Mitchell
1872 - 1919

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