The original Glengyle distillery was opened by William Mitchell after a row with his brother John saw William leave Springbank in 1872. Sadly it closed in 1925. However, at the turn of the century Springbank owners J&A Mitchell and Co decided to rebuild the distillery on the same site. Production began at the new Glengyle in 2004. The rights to name whisky Glengyle actually reside with Loch Lomond distillery, so the output of the new Glengyle is called Kilkerran. The name Kilkerran is derived from the Gaelic name for the original settlement formed by Saint Kerran. The Kilkerran whisky was first released as a five year old whisky as Work in Progress 1 in 2009. This bourbon-matured work in progress 6, is 10 years old, not that you’d know from looking at the label.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Fresh coconut, tarry, salt, grapefruit skins, lemon and honey lozenges.
Palate: Vanilla and oak. Assertive. Tar, salt and a honeyed accompaniment to the long, woody finish.
Retails for around £35-40