Keep up to date with our news here
Welcome to the Kilkerran Single Malt News Section
This page contains information on our products, trade events and social media info. This is also the page where we will display distillery announcements and let all our fans and customers know exactly what is happening at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery.
Our “Trade Events” section, in particular, is regularly updated so check back here if you’re interested in catching up with our Sales Team when they are on their sales trips around the world.
Check back here for information anytime a Kilkerran product launch is approaching. To view our current products please click here.
Coming to an event near you
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd: Vietnam – Sales Exectuve Ronan Currie will be visitng Vietnam from 20th – 22nd July 2018 and we are delighted to say he will be hosting a tasting for Springbank and Kilkerran fans. The tasting will take place on Saturday 21st July in Wine Cellar and we want to see as many of you there as possible. For further details please contact the venue. Facebook – Malthop
Monday 23rd – Friday 27th: Malaysia Tasting Tour – Ronan Currie embarks on a tasting tour in Malaysia for Kilkerran and Springbank. For more information about where Ronan will be going, please visit Single and Available and S&A Facebook.
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th: Grant Macpherson and Ronan Currie will be representing Springbank and Kilkerran at the Edinburgh Whisky Fringe. Join our boys in Scotland’s capital: 10th – 12th August. Facebook – Royal Mile Whiskies
Saturday 18th: Grant Macpherson will represent Springbank and Kilkerran at the Falkirk Whisky Social on 18th August 2018. Grant will be on hand to serve you drams from our wide range of whiskies – see you there! Facebook – Falkirk Whisky Social.
Friday 7th – Saturday 8th: Ronan Currie will be getting back on the road again because he will be represnting us at ie Berliner Whiskmesse. Join Ronan at Whisky Herbst Berlin on 7th and 8th September and he may possibly (definitely) share some Springbank, Longrow, Hazelburn and Kilkerran with you.
Tastings + Tours
Mitchell’s Glengyle, Springbank Distillers and Wm Cadenhead’s offer a wide range of tours and tastings
Visit our distillery in May during our open day
Open Day 2016
This year, another 3 day event has been organised. Under its new official name, the Campbeltown Malts Festival starts on Wednesday 18 May with events at Glen Scotia Distillery, www.glenscotia.com
On Wednesday evening a dinner will take place at Glengyle Distillery. This event sold out months ago but there is another option available: a quiz at Whisky Macs pub, 4 Shore Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6BS. This starts at 9pm, £2 per player/ £8 for a team of 4. The only rules are no mobile phones and the quiz master is always right.
On Thursday, there are master classes and warehouse tastings planned at Springbank Distillery, these are mostly sold out. The mini Kilkerran Master Class still has spaces (a trio of 3 Kilkerran single casks are available to taste) at 12.45pm in the Springbank Malt Barns. Tickets should be bought in advance from email@example.com at £15 per person. There are also free distillery tours running throughout the day. The Warehouse Bar is returning to Warehouse 15 at Springbank Distillery with some rare samples. As usual, a selection of stall holders will offer varied items throughout the event. The day will conclude with a ceilidh in the Springbank Malt Barns.
For the first time on the third and final day of the festival, a series of events will be organised at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery. This is to celebrate the distillery’s 12th birthday and the release of Mitchell’s Glengyle’s first core product, a 12 year old Kilkerran Single Malt in August 2016.
Gates open at 11am where there will be a range of varied stalls at Glengyle distillery. The Work in Progress Series Tasting will begin at 12pm at Glengyle distillery. This is already fully booked, however, the afternoon question & answer session still has tickets available. The panel consists of Frank McHardy (former Director of Production), Gavin McLachlan (Distillery Manager), Stephen Kelly (Clerk of Works) and Melanie Stanger (Sales & Marketing). If you’ve always wondered how to set up a distillery, this is your chance to chat with people who’ve successfully achieved this. During the q&a session, 3 Kilkerran whiskies will be enjoyed. The charge for this event is £10 per person, tickets should be purchased in advance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the above whisky events on the Friday, there are alternative non-whisky options.
11 am- Architecture Tour of Campbeltown with David McEwan
2.30 pm- Heritage Tour of Campbeltown with Alex McKinven.
Both of the above tours are taken by volunteers and free of charge. For more information on the above Friday tours, please e-mail email@example.com or phone 01586 552056.
To conclude the 3 days of events, the Ardshiel Hotel, Campbeltown are offering some musical entertainment, The Coaltown Daisies as part of their ‘A Whisky For the Road’ live tour. More information is available by phoning the Ardshiel Hotel on 01586 552133.
Open Day 2014
In 2014 we did the Open Day differently. We changed the ‘Day’ to become a three day event, Campbeltown Malt Festival. The festival started on Wednesday the 21st of May with free tours and a master tasting of Glen Scotia distillery. This was the first year all three working distilleries in Campbeltown were taking part in this event. We already have bigger plans for next year!
The Wednesday evening was very busy around hotels and distilleries in Campbeltown. The Ardshiel and Craiggard hotels were hosting whisky dinners with David and Melanie attending and doing a Kilkerran WIP6 tasting at each hotel. The famous Stillhouse Dinner began at 18hrs at Mitchell Glengyle Distillery’s filling store. Here the 33 guests were given a tasting by Pop who had dug out 4 different types of Kilkerran Single Malt. The objective of the tasting was to choose the favorite cask to be bottled for the dinner souvenir. It was a close call but the winning cask was a triple distilled Kilkerran Single Malt, distilled in 2004. Following the tasting the dinner guests were piped by a young, local piper, to be seated in the still house where they were hosted by Frank McHardy and Gavin McLachlan during the meal. The dinner was cooked and prepared by our own Donald Brown of Campbeltown Whisky Shop. Waiting on the guests were the amazing team of Springbank employees, everybody helped out from bottling hall to office staff to family members of staff.
At 20hrs our Ten year Anniversary Ceilidh was kicked off in Glenbarr dry stores, just next door to Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery. The dry store looked great with tables, fairy lights, a stage with a local ceilidh band and ofcourse the bar. Again, everybody pulled together and got stuck in to get the party started. Mairi Paterson, Springbank Society, was the main engine behind the ceilidh and our open day. She had a busy year planning it all! She did great, the ceilidh was a fabulous evening with locals as well as visitors from all over the world.
Once the still house dinner finished around 21hrs, they moved on to join the fun at the ceilidh. The party went on until midnight, well, that is when the ceilidh stopped. I believe there was a few parties held afterwards in various locations around town.
Thursday the 22nd of May – the Open Day at Springbank distillery. The day started off at 11am, consisting of market stalls, free distillery tours, master classes in malt barn, tastings in warehouses, great food, photo exhibition, music, beer and whisky bars and much much more. We had fantastic weather throughout the day, but the rain made itself known around 5pm so unfortunately there wasn’t much dancing had on the distillery yard. We had the local school pipe band as usual and there was a brilliant musical, dance play performed by the Footnotes – they expressed the story of whisky making through dance, from barley to bottle.
The day finished at 21.30 and as far as I understand, the partying continued in local pubs, hotel rooms and other places.
Friday the 23rd of May was our Golf tournament day. The weather was good for golf, the tournament was held at Machrihanish Golf course, visitors and staff mixed teams. Campbeltown was still buzzing with visitors from all over the world, the whisky shop was busier than ever!
A great event we felt, and we’ve had some lovely feedback from our friends on social media. Do like our facebook page when you get a chance.
Open Day 2013
This years Open Day was held at Springbank Distillery, and it was a great success! We had visitors from every corner of the world present. On the Wednesday night, 22nd May there was a very exclusive dinner held in the Kiln at Springbank. The dinner was hosted by Frank McHardy (Director of Production) and Gavin McLachlan (Distillery manager of Springbank and Mitchell’s Glengyle). Wine, champagne and very special whisky was drunk and a delicious meal with Scottish delicatessen was consumed. Everybody left the kiln with a smile on their face.
The Open day started at 11am on the 23rd of May, there was a market on the bottling hall carpark with local businesses displaying their goods, a beer tent serving Loch Fyne Ales and a special Brew called Fynebank, beer brewed using Springbank malted barley! We had live music, Alan Anderson (the Whisky Stand up comedian), tours of both distilleries and a huge BBQ.
On the Friday, for the brave, there was the annual golf competition at Machrihanish golfcourse. There were some sore heads, but the fresh air did them all the good!
Follow Kilkerran and Springbank on Social Media
Social Media is the fastest and most convenient way for you to follow the news, developments, announcements and product launches from Kilkerran. You can follow Kilkerran on Facebook and we also make appearances on our Springbank Distillery’s Twitter and Instagram accounts too!