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Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
86.63/100
votes
213
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
17/573
Barcode
610854002701
Added on
30 Nov 2017 9:05 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 57,57

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.63 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    From the nose to the finish: very consistent whisky. You hardly notice that it only has 8 years on its back. Varied nose and nice and rich aroma change on the tongue. Top.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet red fruits, over which a pleasant malting note hovers. Mineral. Very fresh, with sea spray. Vanilla and some caramel. Reminds in places to the 12 CS of neighbors from Springbank. After a while come loamy soil, espresso beans, nougat chocolate, marzipan. Nice fat nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong and spicy start with malt, marzipan, nougat and caramel sweets. Heather honey provides sweetness, as does the tangerines and orange slices. Almonds, hazelnuts. Nice mineral. You can literally chew the marzipan and the nougat pieces. Mild oak flavor. Raisins, gingerbread spice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long and slightly dry. Oak wort is gaining momentum, fine-bitter herbs are mixing in. Nevertheless, a remainder of honey, which absorbs the herbs and the oak.

  2. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Sweet malty nose. There is a hint of smoke, but not really peat. There is the obvious citrus and some orchard notes. The nose indicates clearly a high alcohol content.

    Taste:
    Clearly from the Springbank stable! Love it. This is young, but quite mature in its own way. There is a sweet note, a nutty side and a clear citrus note.

    Body:
    Full and creamy

    Finish:
    Long lenght. Here comes the bourbon cask influence. There is toffee, vanilla and a touch of ginger. There is also a thick creamy smokey undertone (wow that must sound weird though).

    Price:
    around €40-€45 is reasonable

    Presentation:
    Don't know this was a sample
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Seems more mature than last year's batch, less of that young Campbeltown rawness and most of all considerably less peaty.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly unpeated at first. A very soft maltiness combined with mellow citrus notes, almost like a weizen beer. Only in second instance there's a smokiness, but more like barbecued pork and a whiff of cigar smoke than full-on peat. A peachy fruitiness as well. A little moss. Later vanilla and a sweetness like red Skittles. Even a grain-like touch of raspberry. Great nose for an 8-year-old.
    • Taste
      Malty, then spicy and peaty. Dried apricot, sweet lime, vanilla, caramel, cherry and honey.
    • Finish
      Now there's the peat blast. Cookie-like malt and still a bit of dried apricot.

  4. schero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a dram to what a prize? Good!
    • Nose
      Wood smoke, ash, mineral notes, a lot of vanilla, including orange juice, wet stones on the beach, apple juice comes in the end too
    • Taste
      Strong vanilla on the nose, slightly peppery, citrus notes, creamy, at the same time it is always mineral and saltier, oaky spicy, very light bitterness
    • Finish
      High pressure, Campbeltown in its purest form, creamy and vanilla oak, lots of warmth, the finish lasts forever

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A powerful and well-balanced malt. Peat and smoke, sweet pastries, tart and sour fruits like lemon and green apple. This malt offers a lot and is dominated by its complex and powerful nature. Powerful and tasty, I like it!

    22/22/22/22 (88P)
    • Nose
      Shining and straw money, the malt rests in the glass. While thick drops stick to the glass wall, a maritime fragrance blows out of the glass. When Nosing then dark peat flavors rise and mix with a cold smoke, sweet vanilla and cereal flavors end in slightly caramelized sugar. Green apple and popcorn, no, rather cotton candy, form a nice flavors mix. Sweet pastries, maybe shortbread biscuits or biscuits with hail sugar, its wonderful aroma after freshly extracted from the oven biscuits, the peaty touch is still discreet in the background. The slightly mineral peat harmonizes perfectly with the sweet aromas, and from time to time, tart fruit flares up. Again and again I smell slightly burnt wood and a hint of ash.
    • Taste
      Powerful yet sweet, the first sip flows over the tongue. Black pepper spreads suddenly over the tongue and dresses the entire palate with sharpness. Again lightly burned wood flavors and some ashes accentuate, citrus fruits rise from the slowly resounding sharpness. My salivation is stimulated, a pinch of salt and a little bit of ash end in a smoky peat note. Freshly grated lemon zest and dark walnuts give the taste a tart touch, spicy wood notes sparkle again and again through the harsh base note of the taste. I fancy a bit of the creamy butter biscuit and the sweet vanilla from the nose in the taste perceive.
    • Finish
      Tart wood elements and mineral peat start the reverberation. The tart aromas have become darker and more intense, the citrus flavors mingle with the subtle smoke and ash aromas. Liquorice? I'm not sure. Earthy and "dirty", the malt sounds long after, the old walnuts are slowly getting rancid, a hint of wet leaves. Creamy, the various flavors rest on the palate, a subtle hint of butter slowly finishes the aftertaste.

  6. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great value for money on Campbeltown. Less peat, but matured than prevoius batches.
    • Nose
      Refined. Citruses, vanilla, red apple, orange peel and salted minerals. Over time peat and mint.
    • Taste
      Wood smoke and peat. Slightly tannic oak and pepper. Honey, caramel, lemon peel, vanilla and salted minerals.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, smoky, spicy.

  7. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N- Meaty, coastal and malt candy, biting citrus with hearty mineral and liquorice, bright with layer of thick muddy boots, then exotic sharp soya knocking, along with peat, exhaust fume and just as it get peatier, sweet notes emerged again with notable lemon sorbet with browned nut oil, or was it a tar? Peppery sphere, complex, high strength but just wee light to be bolder. (92/23)

    P- Absolutely peach-y, brown caramel, lots of liquorice, nut oil, olive brine, fume, pepper and anise, complex but harmonized. Gentle spicy coat, savoury creme biscuit. (90/22)

    F- Long, smooth as silk, peach, peat, brine and liquorice. Mouth watering spicy vanilla and spicy honey. Follow up with a sip of hot coffee, perfect! (91/22)

    B/B- 91/22

    Cr- 3, Fr- 3, Fl- 1, Pt- 2, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd- 1, Wn-2, Sc- 1

    Weighted Rate- 89pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Meaty, coastal and malt candy, biting citrus with hearty mineral and liquorice, bright with layer of thick muddy boots, then exotic sharp soya knocking, along with peat, exhaust fume and just as it get peatier, sweet notes emerged again with notable lemon sorbet with browned nut oil, or was it a tar? Peppery sphere, complex, high strength but just wee light to be bolder. (92/23)
    • Taste
      P- Absolutely peach-y, brown caramel, lots of liquorice, nut oil, olive brine, fume, pepper and anise, complex but harmonized. Gentle spicy coat, savoury creme biscuit. (90/22)
    • Finish
      F- Long, smooth as silk, peach, peat, brine and liquorice. Mouth watering spicy vanilla and spicy honey. Follow up with a sip of hot coffee, perfect! (91/22)

      B/B- 91/22

      Cr- 3, Fr- 3, Fl- 1, Pt- 2, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd- 1, Wn-2, Sc- 1

      Weighted Rate- 89pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  8. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with friends in a session including three Kilkerran 08 year old Cask Strength.

    1.- 56.2% bottled 2017. Quite clean and compact. Some smoke. Nice solid dram. 85

    2. - 55.7% bottled 2017. Smoke and dirtiness are more present, providing a more complex and rounded sensation. 87

    3. - 56.5% bottled 2018. Very smooth. Smoked mixed with sweet nts and whipped cream. Richer than the others. The winner of the session. 88

    It seems the longer Kilkerran works, the better quality we will get. Hope they continue like this.

  9. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Characterful malt from Campbeltown. It needs patience. But the you will be rewarded.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Premium barley, mineral, a hint of smoke, musty and dusty (typical for this region), fruity (citrus, peach, grapefruit), gras, floral, mint, white chocolate. A very busy nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, salty, earty, Toffee, Chocolate, Pepper, Ginger, Vanilla, Oak Wood and the fruits again.
    • Finish
      88 88
      First sweet with malt and nuts. Later dry bacause of the tannins. Quite long. It's a cask strength.

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