Bought – Amazon, 31st December 2013
Originally founded in 1872, Glengyle distillery was revived in 2000 and whisky production restarted in 2004. Guess what that means? 2014/15 could see the release of the first 10-year-old! But it’s not as if the good folk of Glengyle distillery have been twiddling their thumbs waiting for this magical year. Because the name ‘Glengyle’ is already registered for a blend, the distillery have been issuing single malts under the name ‘Kilkerran’. Several ‘work in progress’ releases have been issued but No.5 is the first that Ralfy has considered worthy of review. He gives the ‘Bourbon Wood’ version (matured in bourbon casks) 84/100 and the ‘Sherry Wood’ version 83/100. On his 1 point preference I went for the bourbon casks version and it is delicious! I toasted in the New Year with it and it was an excellent choice.
Update (Feb 2015). Added the rating from the Whisky Bible 2015, which has been newly included for this year. The good news is that, like Ralfy, Jim Murray (Bible author) ranks the bourbon finish above the sherry, which scores 86/100. But he also includes the scores for ‘Work in Progress 6’ with the bourbon wood scoring 92.5/100 and sherry wood scoring 88.5/100. Both seem to be improving with age.