With the opening of Glengyle distillery in 2004, today Campbeltown supports three distilleries. But once upon a time it was the “Whisky capital of the world” with 34 distilleries, 28 of which opened within a dozen years. And a few decades later, with a population of under 2,000, it was thought to be the richest town in Britain per capita. What happened? What are the whiskies like now? And why is Glengyle called Kilkerran? Now’s your chance to find out, whilst enjoying half a dozen deliciously different drams:
- Hazelburn 8 year old. Unpeated and triple distilled using air dried malt. First made in 1997. The 60% bourbon 40% sherry cask makes it full and sweet with plenty of body for a such a youthful whisky.
- Springbank 12yo Green. Traditionally handmade (and still family owned), the Green means this is also an organic whisky. More delicate than a typical Springbank, this evolves in the glass. Hard to find now.
- Kilkerran Work In Progress 7th Release – Bourbon Wood Cask Strength. Released in batches of 9,000 bottles a year, and floor malted in the old way, the malt is peated to 15ppm. With the 7th release, you can still see the original spirit as it gains maturity.
- Kilkerran Work In Progress 7th Release – Sherry Wood. Your chance to compare the same spirit matured in a different type of oak.
- Glen Scotia 1992. A malt worth exploring – once more cherished than Springbank by blenders for its character. The distillery has a chequered, not to say dark, history, with production last restarting in 1999. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2014 and spent time in first fill bourbon and remade hogsheads (although it also matures beautifully in a sherry butt). Should be interesting.
- Longrow 18yo. Heavily peated, rich and complex Springbank.
The tasting will take place on Thursday 17th September at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.
We’re using Eventbrite to manage our bookings (there are more details about that on our booking page), but in order to keep costs down we’re sticking with cash payment and the tasting will cost £20 per person on the night.