Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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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56 × member ratings

119 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.07 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. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Whizkas scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    An excellently made whisky from this new distillery, next to its neighbour Springbank
    • Nose
      92 92
      Beautiful lingering nose, with great depth of high quality casks being used
    • Taste
      90 90
      With a drop of water: complex, very full flavoured. Honey, citrus, apricot, some salt and a touch of smoke
    • Finish
      91 91
      A great prolonged finish

  5. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Warm, vinous bouquet, notes of red fruit, raisins and custard, a little banana, elegant but smokeless peat.
    • Taste
      On the palate I feel pepper and a dense and oily malt, not very sweet, less peaty in taste than in smell
    • Finish
      Good ending

  7. 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

  8. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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

  9. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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