Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
70% Bourbon / 30% Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
21 Mar 2018 2:05 pm by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 42.90

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48 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    Comprised of 75% bourbon & 25% sherry cask maturation.

    N: This possesses a wonderfully fresh/crips yet relaxed [apple cider, pineapple cubes, melon, all sorts really] fruitiness. A super well rounded nose with a hint of peat.
    T: To taste, very much the distillery character David Allen described with the perfect ppm level. A little water brings out the best in body, mouthfeel and form.
    F: Finishes to form. Impeccable.
    C: What a start it’s been for Kilkerran.

    Scores a B+

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A strange malt and I mean that in a positive sense. At first, the nose is extremely closed and reserved, gradually opens the nose and releases a variety of flavors. The taste shows a similar picture. First closed and then full throttle, it dominate salty citrus aromas and spicy tart oak flavors. The longer I have this filling in the glass and in the mouth the better I like it ...

    21/22/22/21 (86P)
    • Nose
      Bright honey-colored amber shines in the glass. The nose is amazingly restrained at the moment. Slowly dissolve citrus and subtle smoke flavors, sweet vanilla rises. Slightly menthol-like freshness is created, and the morello cherries and sour cherries give the nose a fruity base note. The nose has gained significantly in volume and aromas, do I smell bitter almond here? Slightly earthy peat penetrates through dried berries and grapes, the nose I like now very well.
    • Taste
      The malt runs relatively thin over the tongue. Slowly, a bitter, slightly smoky aroma sets in, yet the Kilkerrane seems somehow weak on the chest. The second sip does not change my opinion, even though the spicy sharpness on the tongue is more intense and sharper this time. Appearances of lemons and vanilla, sugar and butter cake show up after some time. With the next sip of sugar and a touch of cinnamon is noticeable, butter biscuits or butter cake with icing dissolves under the tongue.
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter and yet sweet. The reverberation is relatively short and weak. After a few moments, the reverberation starts in the second round. A pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon juice spread their sour and salty aroma, spicy wood tones and hints of licorice follow.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    What a fabulously bold opening gambit, to lead a tasting with your flagship model, arguably the best affordable 12yo currently on the market.

    N: Beautiful nose. Bits of everything at just the right amounts and ratios. Sometimes the oils show more, other times it’s a hint of freshly cut green apple, a waft of peat, or a wave of meatiness,…. Expect to see these bottles at O&R festivals in 20-30 years when they are likely to be even more tremendous, properly stored after a few decades in glass.

    T: The arrival brings ‘dad noises’ every time. Is Glengyle, Springbank refined? This 12yo is decidedly more savoury than the rest of the pack [to follow], and with complexity by the bucketload, but a subtle read that requires some diligence to pick out the best. Refined for sure.

    F: What’s left is the slowing of the fans, the cooling of the engines,… and the spirit – Glengyle’s lovely coppery spirit.

    C: Beautiful whisky that displays numerous impressions from the spirits tree. Today, it scores 89 points


    N: My brain knows this, but can the ‘me’, get past ‘myself’ to the ‘I’? I snipe a guess that it’s Springbank. as this has J. & A. Mitchell written all over it. I can’t think of too many distilleries that present barley spirit with so many organic layers, so naturally.

    T: Again, this has the hallmarks of Springbank all over it, reminding me most of ‘caged’ Cadenhead bottlings.

    F: I could write a shopping list of descriptors, but as this Glengyle distillery bottling is revealed, I’ve nothing further to add from previous detailed reviews [WLP190 WLP289].

    C: Still, a great whisky at a great price. We discuss Glengyle in the respect that without its reopening – making it Campbeltown’s third distillery and maintaining Campbeltown as a region – Springbank and Glen Scotia would have been re-classified into the lowlands.

    Scores 90 points

  4. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Kilkerran 12
    Nose: gooseberries, raspberries and sweet manure soil

    Palate: ripe Gooseberries, white flower perfume - gardenia? , some pine resin? a wave of bacon fat smoke, guava juice

    Finish: Sweet lemons and guava

  5. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This certainly is a Campbeltown creature, a Springbank-but-different experience. I like the balance it has, that it doesn't get too sandy or chalky, like I feel the work in progress bourbon bottles I've tried had a tendency to. I guess the sherry balances it out, and the mix is obviously better than the sherry-only work in progress releases.
    This isn't a style I'm greatly fond of, but I do recognize the quality, and would go so far as to say this bottle and Talisker 10 represent the best bang for your buck OBs in the entire industry.

  7. LukeFive scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I had this sample from Springbank distillery I visited couple of months ago so I don't know the batch number. It seems like the sample didnt benefit of the time I waited for it to try, while Springbank 10 was much better and showed no fatigue
    • Nose
      85 85
      Closed and muted after 10 minutes in glass. No fruits whatsoever but gravel, whetstone and touch of lime, putty all subtle, hints of oak. Its still nice though
    • Taste
      87 87
      Slightly bitter and sweet, lemony with a touch of oak wood, white pepper, more on savory note after while, earthy, dunnage warehouses, the spices from oak are very gentle on the palate. interesting no easy dram to understand...now I got touch of Perdo Bubblegum ( From Czechoslovakia ) I think I need full bottle of this
    • Finish
      88 88
      Nice change into finish, pepper, lemon, candy, lime, touch of oak, earthiness, moss, long

  8. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Arquebus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Poised and well balanced. Old style. The bourbon casks haven’t been overworked and the sherry casks tuck in nicely. Youth of the fresh spirit tamed and more aged effects balance this out well.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Complex rich dynamic nose. Upfront sweetness with a decent lick of well-mannered peat, some linseed oiliness. Classy fresh oak spices, with some older very restrained damp wood. Some banana, some overripe stone fruits, burnt cake, balsamic notes, some almost farmy/ fusil notes which are whipped back into line by the peat.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Taste: Drier perhaps than the nose suggests, some central tongue heat (may be just my mouth), bitter edges, all manner of malty mash tun aromas start to play out on the palate
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finish actually quite long and again - dynamic – maltiness, peat, sherry, oak, hints of apples


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