Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
08 years old
Bourbon Casks
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
20 Nov 2018 10:51 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 54.21

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.80 points

  1. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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 nuts 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.

  2. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    One of the best 8-year ex-bourbon bottlings for the price (between 45 and 50 euros 2019). Pure or with water, depending on your mood.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Subtle, dry peat smoke. Slightly maritime: salt, seaweed, sea breeze, mineral, shell limestone. Citrus, mint and vanilla, malt, bread dough, boiled fruits.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and light peat smoke. Malt, vanilla, light fruits, citrus, salt, mint, white pepper. Round and easy to drink
    • Finish
      89 89
      Remains for a long time. Is slowly becoming drier, but the smoke is never present too much.

  3. Gilles_V scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    "Value does not await the number of years", Corneille in Le Cid.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Alcohol jumps to the nose (youth of whisky).
      Very clean, precise. Influence of cereals.
      Pleasant without being complex.

      Obvious family resemblance with Springbank.

      After 5-6 minutes, overripe fruit (banana), oil, traces of algae. Interesting.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Salty, vigorous. Spices.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very long. Fire, salt, some spices.

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  5. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Appearance: Straw gold. Viscous.

    Nose: Ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, malt sugar, apple, smells young indeed. Maybe a bit salty but not really smoky, oh, just a touch of campfire is coming out now. grilled pineapple. Something herbal too.

    Palate: Sweet, barley sugar, oak, light smoke, cinnamon, pineapple, apple, sweet orange and marmalade. Alcohol is strong. Young, fruity, sweet. Needs water.

    Finish: Sweet barley sugar, alcohol burn, light tannic wood and some spices.

    With Water: Sweeter, spices emerge more, fruity. Absolutely necessary at cask strength. More smoke comes out too, but not huge at all. Less than Springbank. Sherry comes out a bit too. Raisins.

    Overall: Young but rather big and full-bodied.

  7. Derufus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. aksm_be scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    I like at least a couple teaspoons of water with this. Can't go wrong with these, I prefer the 12 but I like to have this around too. earmarked one to bottle age for a few decades, and this is such a character than it'll no doubt bring me right back to now.
    • Nose
      time and water ... yes! victoria sponge w raspberry jam, vanilla cream & icing sugar, wet concrete, putty, lemon drizzle cake and salted kumquat, lovely smoke wisps towards a medicinal side
    • Taste
      youthful and zesty arrival. more sponge, crackers, part baked baguette, putty, raspberry vinegar, aniseed balls (my favourite, after salt liquorice). smoke comes in in the finish, hot coals, ashy twigs and smoked putty (ok, that's not a thing)

  10. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Room temperature when drinking: 15 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: Gold

    Smell Nose: At first it was smoked bacon, charcoal, cooking smoke. Green apples, vanilla, nectar, and fragrant pears slowly appeared. At the same time, there are European buns and white toast. Then turn to oak barrels, lemon peel. At the end, citrus jam, orange-flavored lollipop, and green arrow original chewing gum appeared. A little alcohol.

    Taste Palate: sweet and sour lemon juice, a flash of smoked bacon, a campfire, a drop of ash and dirt, a little bit of ginger spicy, back to the sweet, oak barrel, peach mousse, vanilla, Cream cake, the cream of figs and wood together, a bit like bushmills 16, dry

    Finishing: Medium and short, orange syrup, sweet orange, light figs, residual bitter bottom, earth, bacon

    Body: lighter and smoother

    Nose: 83.5 / 100

    Palate: 83.5 / 100

    Finish: 84/100

    Body: 84/100

    Overall: 84/100

    Overall: Smell is more restrained and clear. The smoky feeling is very weak, and it is fleeting when drinking.


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