The history of Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery is a long and colourful one. The distillery was founded by William Mitchell in 1872 which he ran 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 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.
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.
On the 7th of March 2004, Scotland’s newest distillery, the first to open in Campbeltown for over 125 years, distilled its first spirit. This historic event was witnessed by the J&A Mitchell’s board with the Chairman himself, Mr Hedley G. Wright, determining the final cut of spirit taken from the very first spirit run.
Longtime friend of J & A Mitchell and owner of Kensington Wine Market Andrew Ferguson wrote an article for Celtic Life all about Glengyle and Kilkerran.
KILKERRAN 12 YEAR OLD
Nose: oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows and dried fruit pudding, as well as cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat
Palate: initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel, after this: vanilla, butterscotch, honeycomb and digestive biscuits can all be tasted and enjoyed
Finish: velvet and smooth with lemon meringue, to conclude, there’s an oiliness and a saltiness that you’d expect from a Campbeltown dram
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