Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 54.00
Official website: kilkerran.scot
When I spoke of the Cask Strength of this distillery, I made practically no mention of its origins, which are in fact quite curious, especially because of its affiliation with Springbank.
In fact, in the beginning there was only Springbank, owned and run by the Mitchell family, but as often happens in families, a quarrel between brothers led one of them, William, to set up his own distillery, Glengyle, in 1872.
The two distilleries remained separate but still in the hands of the same family until 1919, when Glengyle was taken over by another company, only to close due to the crisis in 1925.
Since then, at least two attempts have been made to get the distillery to reopen its doors, but Glengyle had to wait until 2000 for someone to buy the plant back with the serious intention of restarting production: Hedley Wright, at the head of Mitchell Glengyle Limited, or rather the original family again, took control of the distillery.
After several renovations, production finally began in 2004, using the malt processed by Springbank, and since then this new (old) distillery has shone even brighter than before.
The warm gold in the glass is a really good sign, and goes well with a very soft nose, with sultanas, green apple and a touch of herbaceousness. As it sits in the glass, a saline note, almost of salted butter, and a hint of pepper mingle.
The palate reveals to be less sweet than on the nose, with the saline aspect more accentuated, and a slight smokiness emerging in the background (but really in the background, almost as if you imagined it). A decidedly marine and spicy character, where the sweet notes drop and act as a counterpoint, with butter, candied orange and sultanas, resonating in the renewed herbaceous aspect. Very balanced and full, with the alcohol propelling the aromas adequately.
The finish is long and a little dry, with salt, grass and sultanas.
An example of a relatively young but mature whisky, with a commendable balance of aromas and flavours. Personally I prefer the Cask Strength, but it’s hard not to recognise its undoubted qualities.