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Kilkerran Heavily Peated

Overall rating
85.00/100
votes
189
Whiskybase ID
WB140262
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peat in Progress - Batch 2
Bottled
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

€ 109.99

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Heavily Peated

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.00 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. erwinnlim scored this whisky 84 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

  5. 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)

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

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

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

  10. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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