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Overall rating
85.37/100
votes
86
Whiskybase ID
WB135159
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
07.06.2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% bourbon, 30% sherry
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
19/228
Barcode
610854002527
Added on
16 Jul 2019 4:31 pm by Tijmen
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 50.79

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.37 points

  1. tribe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Interesting and good for a standard bottling, it has taste.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sherry comes through and some cinnamon and something like wet wood. It has some smoke and some gingerbread.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smoky and gingerbread actually. This Campbeltown Whisky really sometimes have such a style of its own. But good and different. Sugar beet and another lemon fruit. Jam with berries
    • Finish
      84 84
      Again there is pepper or some ginger and jam with berries.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part of a bfyb set with all whiskies that are tend to be overlooked by us ‘snobs’ because of we are being more busy buying expensive bottles, lol. Tonight I am having a Springbank night. This is number four, the last one of this night.
    • Nose
      Sugared cream butter cookies with orchard fruits like pear and tropical fruits like apricot and some banana candy. I also get whiffs of cooked pasta.
    • Taste
      Oily and gentle. Licorice and chalk are coming to me first. I get minerals like in wet stones. This is definitely better than another batch I’ve had some months ago.
    • Finish
      The medium long finish gives chalky an mineral like. Anise and tropical fruits. Subtle but very mature for a 12yo statement. It ends with a big basket of vanilla driven sensations.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  4. DharmaDrifter scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    This whisky is challenging, engaging, unique and characterful. It tastes old school and was a great price.
    • Nose
      Hay, both fresh and slightly moldy (good).
      Dark meat of a cooked chicken or turkey.
      Sour apples, rhubarb, sage and tarragon with soft wisps of peat and coastal brine.
      Vanilla, slight bit of a mechanics shop and rather sooty.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour arrival with some luscious honey and a light meat broth (chicken).
      Rhubarb and cereal grains, brine, sour apple and savoury herbs.
      Light Vanilla building in the background with some chalk and pepper with a creaminess and soot.
    • Finish
      Tangy mouthfeel, toast, drying and salty.
      Finishes out like a full bodied dry white wine with a winter green cooling sensation.
      Very enjoyable.

  5. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Un Kilkerran loin des standards habituels au niveau de la qualité selon moi. A boire à l'apéro entre amis mais pas un drame d'exception.
    • Nose
      Fruits frais avec quelques notes d'exotisme. Le tout accompagné d'une fine tourbe minérale sur la coquille d'oeuf. Il y a aussi une pointe d'agrume.
    • Taste
      On sent la réduction à ma grande tristesse. (Aqueux...) Sinon on perçoit cette légère tourbe minérale accompagnée d'épices. Il y a un côté astringent.
    • Finish
      Clou de girofle avec d'autres épices, chocolat, cuir et fine tourbe très légère. Belle longueur malgré tout.

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky for a good price
    • Nose
      85 85
      aromas of oak, dried fruit, cherries, marzipan and a light peat smoke.
    • Taste
      86 86
      citrus, vanilla, butterscotch, honey, biscuits.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Soft finish, honey, salty, oak.

  8. sascuas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Falang scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Great product, a whisky containing 70% Kilkerran on bourbon and 30% sherry cask matured. Great product for a crazy price. Really beautiful day to day drinking whisky with a unique body and a very recognisable taste. The general bouquet is stoney, sweet and has juniper elements. Lovely!
    • Nose
      79 79
      A sweet nose packed with dryness and hay. Some sweet toffee and honey, bouquet of green apples at the back. There are some mineral tones. Nothing out of the ordinary, but very pleasing :-)
    • Taste
      84 84
      This whisky has character and therefor a personal touch. There is something distinguished and unique in the taste. This drink starts rather dry in the mouth with tones of gin (or Jenever-like), followed by citrus fruit, red apples (Pink Lady or Granny Smith?), hint of Turkish dried fruits (abricots, prumes?) and a bit of wax. I also find some cookies and some dried grapes. Mouthfeeling is kind of oily and full! And at the back I taste a bit of green tea! Lovely :-)
    • Finish
      83 83
      Rather short finish (shorter then expected) with a hint of drop, muskus, rubber and chewing gum. And a hidden touch of peat? Some sweetness too.

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Modern Old School
    The first 12 years old Kilkerran was presented in June 2019. It’s a vatting of 70% Kilkerran on bourbon and the remaining 30% is sherry cask matured. It was reduced to 46% and can be purchased for only 40 to 50 EUR. A very affordable entry level malt. What am I saying? Enty level? It’s the oldest malt from the young Glengyle distillery to date!
    Boy, this is good! I have only just put my nose in the glass and am greeted immediately by a wonderful combination of citrus fruit, crispy Granny Smith apples, dried apricots, vanilla, beeswax, pebbles on the beach and the crust of a dark bread smothered in farmer’s butter. But of course there is also a nice hint of peat, a salty element and soft, sweet smoke. Arbroath Smokies in the distance. It will have to tasted pretty bad to ruin my day.
    Nicely oily, almost waxy on the palate. Lots of mineral notes now, making me think of Springbank – well, they are related, right? More peat than expected. Nice development. Salt and sweet go head-to-head, but it is mostly the maritime character of the malt that dominates. The fruity note are reduced to candied orange peel. It is less complex than I had hoped – especially after the lovely nose – but it is certainly very tasty.
    The finish is nicely long with a lovely, smoky death.
    Bang for your buck, to be sure. Lovers of Campbeltown malts: rejoice! This is modern and old school at the same time. That’s craftmanship.

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