St. Kilian 2016

Overall rating
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Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Casks from France, Texas and Kentucky
Number of bottles
44.9 % Vol.
350 ml
Bourbon meets Sauternes
Bottle code
Los-Nr 181002
de Germany
Added on
29 sep 2018 9:01 pm by Noface83

Average value

€ 69.90

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67 × member ratings

362 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for St. Kilian 2016

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.56 points

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    So far, the best batch together with the No.4 - smoke helps to uncommonly cover missing maturity. The Sauternes barrel also brings in a good spice and some oak. The smoke aroma and the pepperiness almost make you think you have a very young Talisker in your glass.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Malt, warm aromatic smoke (it has a touch islay feeling), vanilla and some caramel, fruity New-Make character with pear, a pinch of chilli (spicy spices). Clearly still very young, but the smoke helps a lot to cover it up and the spice adds depth to the flavors.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Pfeffriger start, quite creamy with lots of malt and vanilla, citrus and only subtle smoke, subtle mineral and a hint of pecan nut. A little bit off the nose and the finish.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Goes oily down, caramel and vanilla, here is the smoke again stronger, very warm, neat pepper and a touch of oak and a little dry sweetness. Short and dry with warming smoke.

  2. magic_slim scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Color: Pale Straw

    Classsical heated whisky. Quite simple but pleasant and enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Malty and peaty at first nosing.
    • Taste
      Smooth and peaty with oak, vanilla and pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, oaky, spicy and peaty.

  3. FeydRautha scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      74 74

  4. glenrob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. glenrob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Malthead19 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    - a nice German surprise
    - The smell is very similar to Caol Ila 12, Ardbeg 10, in a blind tasting it is very likely to be a 10 to 12 year old Scottish malt
    - better than Lappi Select
    - you get really good quality
    • Nose
      pleasant sweet, soft smoke, citrus, freshness, vanilla, strongly reminiscent of an Islay malt
    • Taste
      strong, smoky onset, not as sweet as expected after the smell, cold smoke, citrus, sour, grapefruit, but soft, no burning, no unpleasant young "properties", very tasty and easy to drink
    • Finish
      short smoky finish; medium-long strong smoky aftertaste

  7. MickMatrix scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nice spirit. Very close to the distillery character due to the short storage. Superficially beautiful, but of course nothing in depth.

    For the short time it is quite acceptable!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Smoky fresh, malty and then citrus and a green apple. Very little sweetness. Wine barrels not noticeable to my nose. Except for the slight sweetness.
      Some earthiness can still be guessed at.

      After a while you can feel the Sauternes more clearly. I didn't expect it and it makes it quite complex. Great
    • Taste
      80 80
      Soft and oily. Nice mouthfeel with the beginning for a spirit. After that there is not much. Light spice, but intensified by alcohol. Here, too, a slight earthiness that can even be better guessed with the next sip. Probably a first impression of the oak barrel. Otherwise hardly any depth.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Smoke disappears. Slightly warm. However, bright fruits only remain briefly.

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I was pleasantly surprised, had him blind in the glass and my first thought was Talisker.
    The bottling is perfect for blind tasting, because some would be surprised ...

  9. niklas080690 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Salty, sweet and smoky like caramelized bacon with pear, apple fresh grapes and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Very light and creamy. First pear and caramel and relatively little smoke. Then it goes into light bitterness and the mineral smoke gets stronger.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish goes into a acidity like a gooseberry and slight bitterness. The smoke is longer than the bitterness.

  10. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke; Fruit; a malty sweetness and a nice, fresh citrus note; There is a slight "Sästliche" wine note, which is outshined by the fruity-sweet character. Smells really delicious
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet; Smoke, herbs, then comes a spicy sharpness, again beautiful smoke; it remains permanently sweet, now a bit of citrus pervades,
    • Finish
      90 90
      Smoke gets a bit drier, full load of nut (wow, really good), again fruit, but this time slightly fermented; At first I thought "almond", then "walnut", then both. I think that's great.

  11. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Blind tasting.

    I was surprised. Had typed on a rather young Islay Malt.
    • Nose
      First smoke. But then also some sweetness and fruit followed by seasoning. The fruits remind me a little of fermented, slightly rotten white grapes. Green apple. Sugar beets. Also citrus fruits come. Go in the direction of lemon. Then comes the spice that reminds me of nutmeg. Everything carried by the smoke.
    • Taste
      In the mouth first a decent sweetness and also relatively creamy. Herbal honey and caramel. Also a bit flowery. But then he starts and it comes sharpness. Chili and pepper. Salivation begins and citrus fruits return. The smoke reminds me a bit of frankincense.
    • Finish
      The sharpness is still holding. Piquant. Smoke. It gets a bit drier.

  13. Noface83 scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Description of the distillery:


    "Bourbon meets Sauternes" - Batch 6 of our "Spirit of St. Kilian" combines pithy peat notes with a tantalizing sweetness of vanilla and spicy aromas of roasted nuts. Especially for this batch, our Master Distiller Mario Rudolf has not only selected three different barrel types, but also three different New Makes - including our most smoky yet. Batch 6 matured in our barrels for at least 21 months.

    The foundation of this barrel-aged malting brand is our award-winning "Turf Dog" - a smoky new make with a fruity-fresh profile.

    The peated Spirit matured in three classic 195 gallon Bourbon Barrels from Kentucky and a particularly small 55-liter Quarter Cask from Texas Garrison Brothers craft distillery - giving it even more vanilla and honey notes.

    But for our latest creation, we put even more on it: Our "Turf Beast" - a brand of heavily-pitched Highland malt with a smoke content of 92 ppm - also matured in former bourbon barrels and brings a warm campfire flavor.

    For a harmonious integration of peaty notes and a fruity counterpoint provides untapped Spirit, matured in three French 225-liter Sauternes white wine barrels. It complements the smoke character with a delicate fruitiness and spicy nutty accents of European oak.

    With Batch 6 "Bourbon meets Sauternes" we offer our fans a true character spirit that is just like us: passionate, independent and full of surprises.

    - Turf DOG (54ppm), Turf Beast (92ppm) and untested New Make distilled in 2016
    - Matured in Ex-Bourbon Barrels, Ex-Bourbon Quarter Casks & French Sauternes White Wine Barrels
    - Bottled as barrel-stored malt brandy with 44.9% vol.
    - limited to 5,200 bottles


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