Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Open Day 2018
Stated Age
08 years old
Recharred sherry cask
Number of bottles
58.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Glengyle Open Day
Added on
23 May 2018 10:08 am by miz
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 117.24

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.53 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Well, I really liked it now. Very balanced and complex, which I think is relatively young, 10-12 years maybe. Especially the finish ensures that you really keep it in a positive memory. The alcohol is also well integrated, no thought of water.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At the beginning Kahlua with roasted yeast, a lot of dunnage and old cask. Has he corked? After a while he seems quite different. At first completely smooth, creamy, tiramisu, the dirty one from before is still there, but everything is now well integrated. In the Kahlua are now also a few prunes inserted, citrus flavors float over it, very interesting. Warmed, there is now a sweet Maoam added, so with light fruit acid. Add some disinfectant and burnt car tires. He may have seen a few ppm of peat smoke.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Appropriately commensurate with the alcohol content, much more harmonious in the mouth than in the nose, yet not unsettling. It has a slightly creamy taste, here is the taste of caramel, before the oak with tannins and a very delicate hint of licorice. Then go in the direction of coffee and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is relatively long, oak and sweetness harmoniously go hand in hand, it also warms beautifully from the chest to the stomach.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dirty smoke, rustic malt, burnt woody, somewhat drunken. Some citrus fruits. Driftwood, in the style of some Bowmore, finesse less.
      There is a lot going on! After, we like this style or not.
    • Taste
      More greedy than advertised, with sherry very noticeable, but without excess. Moderate smoke. It's soft. And driftwood, always.
    • Finish
      A bit austere, varied spices.
      It's pleasant, well executed.

      Enthusiasm 3/5

      Whisky n ° 1992

  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What you can get out of a whisky matured in sherry barrel for 8 years. The nose is wonderfully varied, on the tongue he also celebrates a party and in the finish, he hardly lets up. Class.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Meaty with prunes, figs, raisins and crushed grapes. The sherry barrel is very present. Moist forest floor, Kellermuff, some shoe polish. Almonds and pecans in the background. Over time, the muff and meaty flies off and it gets more fruity with blackberries and blueberries. Now comes notes of creme brulee, beet syrup and caramel sweets.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet grapes with eraser flakes. Smoked ham and fresh wood. On the tongue lies something that makes one think of peat smoke. Fermented and dried fruits shake hands. Old coffee grounds, damp forest soil, deadwood with lichens. All flavors are close together.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long and only slightly dry. A sweetish fruit note, interspersed with muff and moder. Oak shavings, coffee powder, dried figs.

  4. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite closed at first nosing, after that, wine notes. Good wine notes.
    • Taste
      Thick. Wet wool, wallnut peel, dry red wine and dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Winey and woody. Rather constructed but not bad at all.

      More going on than the regular 8yo, but less focussed and a warmer profile. Big and chewey.

  5. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  6. whiskyinstitut did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great malt with great PLV.
    • Nose
      Charcoal, wood smoke, with oak spicy sweetness, light sulfur, quite noticeable pungent alcohol, mineral peat smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet and woody onset, peppery and mineral notes, light citrus notes, with salty chocolate and sea breeze, sweet orange peel very creamy behind
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter and chocolaty, warming oak and orange chocolate

  7. Owidram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: good sherry, no sulfur, very balanced. Farmy aromas. complex for the age.

    Potent mouth needs a splatch of water, swims very well. very nice christmas cake and vanilla aromas, still earthy as if a hint of peat was in there. Red fruits. 

    Finish is quite long with that campbeltown salt and freshness inside. Sherry is there but not dominant.

    Tremendous effort, very well done guys. I wish I bought 2 or 3 but had no more place in the luggage...

  8. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Definitely needs a drop of water to subdue this one.
    It's a good example of Killkerran, its not pretty but it does the distillery justice.
    • Nose
      Very smoky, smells like a campfire burning away in the deep of the woods. Citrus notes begin to evolve, its all a basket full of oranges at this point. Now there's a sweeter side making an appearance; raisins, plums and even a touch of marzipan.
      Its all very restrained, that Kilkerran spirit is chirping away in the background, notes of tar and rubber are also to be found. After time the smokiness takes a backseat and a shellfish aroma comes to the forefront.
      With water the mineral elements jump out, limestone overpowering the nose.
    • Taste
      Burning hot on arrival, very prickly and alcohol packed, WOW! To hold this bad boy on the palate takes a heart of steel.
      If you do manage to hold it, it slowly progresses from smoke and minerals to delicious dried fruit. It's as if the spirit has managed to hold back the cask.
      With water, much better! The overly powerful alcohol sting has leveled off. But now we are getting a lot more of the minerals and the sulphur elements are more prominent.
    • Finish
      It's mineral filled and backed up by sulphur and burning tyres.
      Medium to short with those rubbery notes lingering.
      With water the finish adds some over-ripe pineapple, the kind thats turning brown and soggy.

  9. yggr scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, still a bit wild in the mouth, but very tasty
    • Nose
      Pleasantly fruity, more strawberry than dark fruit, creamy, clearly almonds, slightly grassy, there is also a slight sweetness above it, like a sweetened tea, somehow also has something of a mixture of fruit and herbal tea, some chocolate with pieces of fruit, minimal iodine
    • Taste
      oily, floral approach, grassy, also vanilla, creamy and dry, dark chocolate, sour, raisins, tart, grapefruit, intense, still quite impetuous
    • Finish
      really dry, orange, almonds, somehow quickly gone, oh now mint, very light chocolate on the palate, but now it's more whole milk, a little tobacco and liquorice, so longer than expected, somehow it is fighting its way up its throat again


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