Kilkerran Heavily Peated

Overall rating
84.98/100
votes
216
Whiskybase ID
WB140262
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peat in Progress - Batch 2
Bottled
24.09.2019
Casktype
55% Ex-Bourbon & 45% Ex-Sherry
Strength
60.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 24 09 19 19/374
Barcode
610854003999
Added on
08 oct 2019 4:38 pm by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 196.30

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran Heavily Peated

42 users have left 43 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.98 points.

  1. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  3. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

  4. ARRANOVERLORD scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Doughy, malty, vanilla-tinged funk, like uncooked cake batter. Slight salinity. Miso.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, salty custard, pencil shavings (oak), raw dough, savory pastries. Malty. Very, very resilient in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Biting salinity and bitterness (oak), sweet malt, more vanilla. Considerably more maritime, lightly smoked fish, hams.

  5. Maltimizer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Too alcoholic for my taste.
    In the HP row 1-4 the "worst" for me
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla and nougat, reminds me a lot of dulce de leche, juicy oranges and dried apricots, muesli, mild spices and salt, relatively little alcoholic spiciness on the nose
    • Taste
      83 83
      Strong start and sparkling alcohol, intense black pepper, almost chilli, sweet vanilla and orange zest, further fruit muesli and light oak spice, youth can be clearly felt
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long and sweet, grassy to floral, lots of pepper and citrus fruits, cappuccino and salt and caramel

  6. MonkeChef scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Its young and Sharp but the nose is incredible.
    • Nose
      Sweet, extremely multi-layered, dried plum, smoke, marzipan, vanilla, toffee, red grapes, peach, apple, pear, coffee candies, chocolate.
    • Taste
      Nuts, sea notes, smoke, orange peel, vanilla, barley malt, chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium length, smoke, ripe peach, pear, peach seeds, coffee, pepper.

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      70 70

  10. thebonewolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Another great release by Kilkerran still leaving me as eager if not moreso to jump ahead to the time this becomes regular with a good amount of age.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Mouthwatering buttery shortbread type cookie very big at first. Getting past that there’s a funk that’s of a swirling nature, going between smoky, salty, chocolatey, and cheesy, and various combinations thereof.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Taste of funnel cake (without or with very little powdered sugar), smoke, hot feel, think.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Spicy, salty, oaky. Medium-long to long.

  11. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] Why the f... every distillery experiments with heavily peated distillations these days? Glengyle uses the former Ben Wyvis stills which offer a perfect Highland style profile and I doubt this will improve through adding heavy peaty flavours...

    ...and exactly this happened. This is another dram the world does not need (and my taste buds do not appreciate) - the delicate Glengyle (Ben Wyvis) profile is simply not capable to match the powerful peaty flavours, so why did you try this at all? Dear folks at Campbeltown, please stay with the traditional Glengyle style which I like very much - if I want a heavily peated dram I go for a different distillery anyway.
    • Nose
      78 78
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers an immature and unbalanced profile of heavily peated young spirits. Nothing in it my olfactory cells do like, so I skip nosing...
    • Taste
      80 80
      The taste is about the same - rather immature with mashy-bready notes beside the peat. I am not sure why I should drink such stuff, so I skip drinking...
    • Finish
      83 83
      The mouthfeel is hot (60.9% abv) and coating with bitter moments of heavy peat. The finish is long and adds some sweeter flavours, finally. Actually, this is the best about this underwhelming dram. Some water turns the nose punchier and the taste even more immature while a second big splash smooths the dram without really improving it. If at all, I like this dram reduced to usual drinking strength at about 43% abv.

  13. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  15. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A still young, but powerful Kilkerran.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoky, vanilla, malty, menthol.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smoky, vanilla, malty, bacon. The alcohol is quite present. In the background you have tones of oak
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is fair, smoke, grass, chocolate, nuts.

  16. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice spirit but clearly still quite young.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat, malt, apple and grappa.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Peat, malt, orange, apple, fig, cardboard and straw.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Peat, chocolate, almond and straw.

  17. Cyril31 scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Nose : Vanilla, wood, lightly smoked.
    Taste : Very strong (too much). spicy,

  18. DennisV scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. McMoulis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Kingalein scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  21. jazzvilly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  22. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      A dense smoke of burnt twigs, clearly vegetal, caramel, brown sugar, buttery chocolate, nougat, some fruity sweetness of apple and pear, dusty wood spices.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy and oily, thick wood smoke, charcoal bitterness, toffee, cocoa butter, dark chocolate, chili peppers and a faint note of pear in the background.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium in length: quite dry, bitter ashes, charcoal, more chili peppers, some salty liquorice.

  23. erwinnlim scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Compared to other young NAS cask strength whiskies that have been released recently, this is quite a steal. Value (£38) : 9/10. It is definitely big and bold and stands up to it's 'Heavily Peated' name. However it does show its youth with some rough edges. Overall though, I am excited to see how this develops over time and what future releases may hold once this reaches maturity.
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke from the moment the cork is removed, no need to search for this one. It. is definitely rich and ashy smoke with some. soot as well. Quite sweet with vanilla and creme caramels. Milk chocolate and some apple sauce. Honey roasted peanuts. It lacks the maritime notes I usually associate with Campbeltown but does have some minerality to it. Some sharp metallic notes showing its youth. Black pepper heat along with light alcohol burn.
    • Taste
      A similar story on the palate. Very sweet and spirit-like. Even more ashtray-like. Fresh fruits with green apples and pears. More vanilla and peanuts. Black pepper heat. Some dirty farmyard notes in the background. Quite herbal. Then heavy, rich earthy peat and more alcohol heat.
    • Finish
      The finish is spicy and dominated by that earthy rich peat note. More ash and a touch of caramel. Not overly complex and short to medium in length

  24. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  26. vgrin2001 scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    young peat nose is very intense

  27. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  28. 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

  29. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  30. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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

  31. FedeL scored this whisky 71 points Member Junior

    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

  32. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  33. 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

  34. 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/

  35. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  36. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Taste
      IT: 88
      B: 87

  37. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Glass of Spigelau Whisky Dram.
    Fragrance: wine and sour, malleable ... This is all unpleasant in the foreground, behind it there is peat and burnt matches ... A drop of water saves the situation somewhat ... 20
    Taste: bitterness, sour peat, damp earth, bee venom (ointment), rotted sweet fruits ... Hmm, not much fun 20
    Finish: long enough, but still too squeamish 20
    Balance 20. It remains a mystery, why was it released?
    80

  38. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Balance (18)
    No miracle happened ... we say goodbye to the age release (72)
    • Nose
      Well ... sweet, naughty ... ripe fruits, raw bread, sour peat ... vanilla caramel (18)
    • Taste
      Fruits, salt, ashes ... young but juicy (19)
    • Finish
      Finish dry, naughty ... almost naked cleric (17)

  39. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  40. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  42. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Such a young age, its reasonable, I have less green feeling than batch 1.
    • Nose
      Smoke and peat, bacon, vanilla and salted caramel.
    • Taste
      Palinka, honey, malt, caramelized apple, smoke and peat.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, spicy.

  43. 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.

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