The team from Kilkerran will be returning to Cupar for 2020’s Fife Whisky Festival and we’re already looking forward to finding out what they’ll be pouring.
Glengyle Distillery is located in Campbeltown, just along the road from Springbank. In fact, J&A Mitchell, owners of Springbank distillery, bought the then derelict Glengyle in 2000 to ensure that Campbeltown had the requisite 3 distilleries to ensure it maintained its status as a whisky region.
Four years later, the distillery opened and the first release of Kilkerran arrived in 2007.
So, hang on a second. What’s this Kilkerran all about?
Well, someone else had already bought the rights to use Glengyle as a brand name so the new owners opted for a more than suitable alternative. According to their website, Kilkerran is derived from the Gaelic ‘Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain’ which is the name of the original settlement where Saint Kerran had his religious cell and where Campbeltown now stands.
With the subsequent release of the ‘work in progress’ range, Kilkerran has proved to be a big hit with whisky enthusiasts.
At 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival, in addition to the 8 years Cask Strength and the 12 years, the team brought along the Kilkerran Heavily Peated- a good three weeks before it was due to be released – which went down a treat with festival goers.
We’re as excited as you are to see what the team will be bringing to Cupar in March 2020.
Be sure to drop by the Kilkerran stand and enjoy a couple of drams!