Nearly two centuries ago, the town of Campbeltown, located on a narrow peninsula in southwest Scotland, was considered the whisky capital of the world. Passengers arriving by sea at Campbeltown Loch, nestled between Macringan's Point and the rocky island of Davaar, were greeted with the sails and masts of the herring fishing fleet and the smoking chimneys of nearly thirty different distilleries that called Campbeltown home. Two hundred years later, Campbeltown Loch is considerably quieter and only three chimneys continue to billow smoke - each acting as a beacon for an industry that, at one point, dominated the peninsula.
Glengyle Distillery was founded in Campbeltown in 1872 by William Mitchell. After five decades of distilling malt whisky, the distillery was forced to close its doors as a result of Prohibition. In 2004, Hedley Wright - the great-great nephew of William Mitchell and the chairman of J&A Mitchell & Co Ltd. - purchased the distillery and equipped it with a pair of modified stills formerly used by the Ben Wyvis Distillery in Invergordon before reopening its doors.
Today, Glengyle Distillery is operated by the staff of Springbank Distillery, and uses barley that has been malted at Springbank in order to produce its own single malt whisky. In addition, the distillery is the focus of innovation and experimentation for the Springbank staff - the distillery has used peated malt (a type of malt typically reserved for distilleries on Islay) and has quadruple distilled whisky in order to test its texture and flavor profile.
While it continues to experiment with new methods and equipment, Glengyle Distillery also releases a new batch of whisky each year, allowing consumers to gauge the progress of its whisky as it matures. KMatured exclusively in sherry casks, the whisky has an aroma of chocolate, orange zest and marzipan that gives way to notes of honey, dates, toasted cinnamon and raisins on the palate. The finish is slightly sweet, with notes of citrus and dark chocolate accented by touches of pepper.
Kilkerran Work in Progress Sherry Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky was named the Lowlands/Campbeltown Single Malt of the Year in December 2013 by Whisky Advocate.
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92 (46% ABV)
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Aroma of chocolate, orange zest and marzipan that gives way to notes of honey, dates, toasted cinnamon and raisins on the palate. Finish is slightly sweet, with notes of citrus and dark chocolate accented by touches of pepper.