Kilkerran is made at the Glengyle distillery in Campbeltown, a distant town in Argyll and Bute that once housed over thirty distilleries. Glengyle was founded by William Mitchell in 1872, built a year later. The place was shut down in 1925, its spirit auctioned off, and Glengyle seemed destined to the fate of most other Campbeltown distilleries. There were numerous attempts to resurrect the distillery, but it wasn’t until 2000 when there was success. The great-great nephew of William Mitchell, Hedley Wright, headed Mitchell’s Glengyle Limited, and three-quarters of a century later got everything up and running again. And during the reconstruction process, they used whisky stills from the old Ben Wyvis distillery.
From the 7th release of Kilkerran Work In Progress single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Glengyle in the Campbeltown region comes a cask strength expression matured in bourbon wood. The other bottlings in this series have been presented at 46% ABV, whereas this one weighs in at a robust 54.1% ABV – rather exciting indeed!
The smokiness faintly lingers around, green apple, liquorice and salmiak, vanilla, plaster, some honey, lemon and lemongrass. Opens up nicely.
Smoky lemon, honey, a distinctive combination of vanilla and mild smoke. Some syrupy notes with a savoury salmiak. Rather pungent and bitterish.
Middle-long, pleasantly malty, faintly smoky.
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