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Kilkerran 15-year-old

Overall rating
87.03/100
votes
78
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Open Day 2019
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
630
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
07/05/19 19/186
Added on
13 May 2019 8:43 am by birkzehn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 227,97

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 15-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.03 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice effort. I really hope that Kilkerran releases more older cask strength offerings. This one is a nice start but I still think the distillery is capable of much more than this. I will post my tasting notes when the bottle gets more broken in with air and time. . . . I would like to congratulate Kilkerran on releasing this. I've been waiting for just such an opportunity. I will keep waiting for more releases from better casks.

    I think one of the casks in this small 2-3 cask batch got past quality control. I'm thinking maybe three fairly small casks? Anyone, one was just a bit off. Not the end of the world or anything. I'm guessing there weren't a lot of casks at this age to work with, so the distillery had to use what it had in order to release this offering.

    I'm not a fan of triple distillation. Any time I see that, I tend to shy away.

    Hopefully, as Kilkerran got better established around fourteen or thirteen years ago, it invested in some better wood in which to age its very good whisky for special releases in future.

    No need to obsess on sweet woods from France. Just good strong American bourbon would do quite well. Buffalo Trace wood? Something better than average. Even good cask ends from quality distilleries in America would provide a nice way around the obstacles for using staves from great barrels. Go for it, Kilkerran! I'm a huge proponent of first fill and second fill mixed small batches in Campbeltown from Kilkerran, Springbank, and Glen Scotia.

    No need to worry so much about the finishes in sweet wood. But hey, that's just me. I wince at all of the missed opportunities with Longrows wasted in so much "red" wood. Ugh. Just release some batches of 9,000 bottles at cask strength up around 14-17 years old. Experiment with finishing in char barrels that are third fill, along the same order as Ardbeg's Alligator offering. That would be really fun. And a great way to still use those old casks that are almost ready to throw away.

    Single casks in the 15-18 year range at cask strength would be quite nice to see more of. I always keep an eye out for Signatories and other IB's with this whisky.

    No backup bottles of this in my "bunker." But thanks to management at Kilkerran for moving into the realm of older, cask strength offerings. This said, my sister's name is Karin and so I don't like the ring of the title of this whisky but oh well. It's another language. I can deal with it, ha.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Rarely seen that the nose changes again. Without tasting beforehand, it looks young and green in the nose and not at all as one would expect after a 15-year maturation. After tasting, the picture fits again in the nose and you have a great whisky that does not hide his Bourbon Fassreifung big.
    • Nose
      86 86
      With grapefruit, kiwi, lemon and mangosteen it starts fresh and sour. Despite his at least 15 years, he seems "green" in the nose. Fresh peeled branches, bitter honey, herbal mixture.
      (Once the malt was on the tongue and one sniffs again, the picture turns, the nose looks much more mature, the "green" is non-existent, chocolate notes and honey are coming, as well as caramel and vanilla).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy and almost mild with a nice mix of tropical fruits (papaya, mango, passion fruit, orange). Brown sugar, honey, milk chocolate, coffee beans. Krasser Contrary to the nose (which now, as the taste spreads on the tongue, is very different and much closer to the taste than before, without the previous tongue contact). Caramel, vanilla, sugar beet syrup.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, slightly dry, with a good dose of honey, vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose started very promising, but then it petered out a little bit.
    • Nose
      Oi, this is next level stuff. Great waxiness, subtle farminess and soft peat. Touches of honey, banana and nectarines, as well as just a bit of licorice, pine needles, and shoe polish. Superbly balanced.
    • Taste
      Somewhat salty and savory, and there's a little more discernable peat as well. Some licorice root chew sticks, a bit of cloves and pepper. Having a hard time picking up the subtle fruitiness I experienced on the nose. A hint of lemon curd maybe.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices. Some chocolate. Earthy.

  4. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great stuff, touching 90, liked this one best among the 2019 open day bottlings beating Springbank 8 (too much Sherry) and longrow 15 (nice but not as nice as this kilkerran)

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. blackjacob scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Closed one, not too deep and not too Kilkerran, and the 15 years old maturing don't felt.
    • Nose
      Floral. Peat, citruses, herbals, yellow fruits and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Oily and creamy. Dry wood, honey, salted caramel, vanilla, tropical fruits and touch of peat.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, spicy.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

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