Kilkerran Heavily Peated

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peat in Progress - Batch 2
55% Ex-Bourbon & 45% Ex-Sherry
60.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 24 09 19 19/374
Added on
08 Oct 2019 4:38 pm by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 64.03

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Heavily Peated

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.18 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    As a summary, a comparison with the previous batch # 1:
    Batch # 1 59.3% bottled 02/20/2019 vs. Batch # 2 60.9% bottled 09/24/2019
    They both have a clear vanilla / caramel note on the nose, but # 1 looks more aggressive overall. The smoke note is surprisingly more pronounced in # 2 than in # 1.
    On the tongue, # 1 has stronger pear notes than # 2. Pear (going towards a Williams brandy) is always a sure indicator of a young whisky / spirit for me. # 2 actually looks a little further than # 1, although it is only about seven months that separate the two in the bottling. In the finish, # 2 looks a bit more pleasant and softer than # 1 - but not necessarily longer.
    A (further) development can definitely be determined - and it is going in the right direction. It will be interesting to see how the next maturity level tastes.
    • Nose
      84 84
      A strong smoky note that - mixed with a lot of vanilla - looks almost sweet. Nougat, marzipan, toffee, milk coffee, caramel candy. A slightly metallic note lurks in the background, which is not intrusive, but reveals youthfulness. Apricot puree and orange peel provide a fruity component.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dry start with an intense chocolate and cocoa aroma. Honey, malt, toffee, Werther's real, freshly brewed coffee, custard. Fresh wood, spicy smoke. The bare number - 60.9% - cries for water, but is actually not necessary. Green bark, lettuce water. Green apple and crushed ripe pears. It shows its youth more clearly on the tongue than in the nose.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short and dry, smoke with increasing intensity. Apple slices peppered with cloves.

  2. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Kaleva scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Quite interesting release from Kilkerran. Punchy on the full strength, it better serves diluted. The balance is good but the young nature is very obvious. Sherry influence can barely be noticed. The bottomline: simple young whisky with good potential to develop.
    • Nose
      Smoke, creamy barley, some fusel oils, pears, menthol, vanilla, metallic notes, caramel. With water smoke turns to soot, farmyard notes appear too in addition to fruit candies
    • Taste
      Neat: Sweet, oily, oaky, peppers and apple mash, “unhidden” alcohol. Diluted: more fruits (apples, pears), smoked bacon, bitter herbal cough medicine, gooseberry jam, oaky notes
    • Finish
      Long, sweetish, sooty and tad peppery, rather astringent

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Heavy is doing quite well here. A little too strong and intense for me, more out-of-round aromas and slightly acrid smoke.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. FedeL scored this whisky 71 points Newbie

    It has no flaws but is not enthusiastic
    • Nose
      74 74
      on feels the youth of the distillate. notes mainly of vanilla not very present the sherry component. It has no particular flaws but is not enthusiastic
    • Taste
      70 70
      the alcoholic note is very present unlike other spirits which, even having the same alcoholic strength, "hide" it better. quite simple in taste.
    • Finish
      69 69
      short. It has no obvious flaws but as a kilkerran I loved myself much more

  7. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Today I try another Kilkerran. After having Batch #1, I was looking forward to Batch #2. Let's see how it tastes.

    Nose is reminiscent of a mid 1980's bottled black label Springbank I had, with an obvious uptick in ABV - but not enough that turns it unpleasant. Notes of brine, seasalt, wool sweaters, lemon juice, light smoke.

    Palate continues with lemon juice, saltwater taffy, light smoke, and a touch of spice.

    Finishes continues on from the palate and adds a touch of pepper, a nice smoky oiliness, and a sweet and salty lingering feel.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. grinface scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is an upgrade to Batch 1, but not in the league of the current 8 year old. Interesting, considering that no age statement is given here and the original price was remarkably higher price. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/02/11/ein-kilkerran-doppel-zweiter-satz/

  10. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    side by side with batch 1. they are very similar but batch 2 edges it, a little rounder. both very good, but immature in the sense that the peat is just a bit too loud for my tastes. this will likely be stunning when the peat starts to quiet down.
    • Nose
      smoked lemon meringue pie, with lots of zest, lemon curd, sour candy. bladey as they say but not too aggressive. quite some charcoal too.
    • Taste
      ooh very punchy, quite oily, billowing smoke as the cadenhead notes like to say, very limey and salty, a touch newmake-y, cinnamon sticks, long finish with lots of charcoal. bracing stuff and the combination works well.


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