Kilkerran 12 YO Single Malt (700ml)
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Glengyle distillery was founded by William Mitchell in 1872, and stayed in the family until 1919. After changing hands a couple times and being mothballed (a term referring to a distillery being closed while still preserving equipment and machinery for possible future use), the distillery was sold to J&A Mitchell in 2000. Four years later, Glengyle reopened and the first bottling of Kilkerran was released in 2009; a 5 year old expression titled “Work-in-Progress.”
The name Kilkerran comes from the gaelic word Cille Chiarain, which was the original name for Campbeltown- the scenic setting where Kilkerran proudly makes their distillate. In 2016, the annual release of Kilkerran’s 12 year old began which features a 12 year old whisky matured in 70% ex-Bourbon casks and 30% ex-Sherry casks. To round out their core range, they also produce an 8 year old cask strength and more recently, a 16 year old expression.
From the distillery: On the nose, oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows and dried fruit pudding, as well as cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat. The palate is initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel, after this: vanilla, butterscotch, honeycomb and digestive biscuits can all be tasted and enjoyed. The finish is velvet and smooth with lemon meringue, to conclude, there’s an oiliness and a saltiness that you’d expect from a Campbeltown dram.
All whisky produced at the Glengyle distillery starts with the locally sourced barley. From there, its malted at the nearby Springbank distillery, at then milled back at Glengyle. A 7-8 hour full mash cycle runs, and then its transferred to washbacks for the purpose of fermentation. Traditional Scottish double distillation occurs in copper stills; the first spirit (or low wine) is made at 21-23% ABV and that’s distilled a second time with a finished product of 68% ABV. After diluting the spirit down to 63.5% ABV with Crosshill loch water, the desired casks are filled and matured until it’s time to bottle.
Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon casks (70%) and ex-sherry casks (30%), Kilkerran’s 12 Year Old is lightly peated (15ppm) and non-chill filtered.
I am no expert but this is very good value. A delightfully smooth but punchy and complicated beast. Please replenish stock so I can buy another.
Blair Conrad (verified owner)
Glengyle distillery only produces quality whisky. This is no exception. Get it when you can.