Hardly anyone enjoyed it. It finished dead last in the evening’s ranking (3 votes) and some went as far as to tell us they thought it was an unpopular Canadian single malt (which I won’t name); fairly disappointing to say the least. Graham’s dad has a Springbank 10 in his personal collection, which he allowed us to sample many years ago. With only three working distilleries remaining and little access to silent distillery stock, getting to try anything from Campbeltown was starting to prove somewhat difficult. We’d go to whisky events seeking out more bottles from this little region but would come out empty handed. So that was it. I had only tasted two small drams from such a region steeped in history. Future tastings of Campbeltown’s started to look pretty bleak?? And then salvation!
We discovered a spirits market in a different province and a very nice friend (who travels back and forth for work) who brings home the bottles for us. We quickly began to make a list of many whiskies we wanted to have and this was the first Campbeltown we decided we would try: Mitchell’s Glengyle Kilkerran Works in Progress 2. It arrived in February and sat for the better part of three months (a lifetime for me as I open everything almost immediately!). It wasn’t until I purchased a second bottle that Graham finally agreed to review it. I’m not exaggerating when I say that just before he cut the foil on the neck, he asked: “You’re sure the second bottle is on its way, right?” I didn’t know very much about Kilkerran so decided to do a bit of research. Like most of the distilleries of the 19th century, it is steeped in history and interesting characters, but this one ended up a bit different.
Finish: Slightly bitter after taste, very “earthy” in nature (reminded me of pulling carrots in the garden). Medium to long clean finish but the salt lingers.
Empty glass: Stale beer? (Assuming that’s sort of cereal or grassy in nature?)