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Kilkerran Heavily Peated

Overall rating
85.12/100
votes
130
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

€ 67.52

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Heavily Peated

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.12 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. erwinnlim scored this whisky 83 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. 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.
    • 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

  3. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    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)

  4. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. vgrin2001 scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    young peat nose is very intense

  7. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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

  9. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  10. 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

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