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.