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Kilkerran 15-year-old

Overall rating
88.87/100
votes
47
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Fino Wood
Vintage
05.2004
Bottled
18.09.2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Fino Sherry, Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
222
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
19/367
Barcode
610854004231
Bottled for
The Nectar, Belgium
Added on
16 Oct 2019 2:21 pm by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.95

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47 × member ratings

93 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 15-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.87 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    6th in the series. Tasted just after the version for the Netherlands which is also in Fino. The Dutch version was particularly missed (and sulfurized) for me.
    Here it is still much better, even if we find sulfur in the mouth. Full of sherry aromas that follow on without much conviction.
    • Nose
      86 86
      We recognize the influences of the fino on the nose.
      Nuts, rancio, leather, dried fruits. Almonds, cashews.
      Plums, dates, honey, liquorice, star anise, currants.
      Dark chocolate that evolves into the undergrowth. Coffee.
      It lacks a je ne sais quoi to make this nose really interesting.
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth, it is much more addictive. Like his Dutch colleague, we start here on sulfur. But luckily here, it doesn't end there.
      Oily leather, dried fruit. Dates, figs, prunes.
      Almonds, nuts, raisins. Cocoa cream, chocolate powder.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish on wood, liquorice, camphor. Red fruits and dried fruits. Slight barbecue smoke. A little peat. Mint chocolate. Much more subtle and precise than the rest of the dram.

  2. praisethepasta scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Similar to the 8 yo, this is most definitely a powerhouse of a whisky. On the neckpour it was even all about the wood, but fortunately with a bit of air in the bottle, it started to open up nicely. Which brings me to the bourbon finish. Little theory: this was initially put into a very active Fino sherry cask, so active in fact that a bit of toning down in a refill bourbon cask was necessary to prevent the whisky from being completely overwhelmed by the sherry and wood influence. While the bourbon cask did help to restore some balance, it still is a beast of a whisky. If I were to put it head to head with the 8 yo, I think I might give it to the younger sibling (by a margin, but still) which is a bit more versatile in my opinion. Nonetheless, a brilliant, bold, badass whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      This isn’t what you would call subtle. A rather overwhelming sense of wood and deep notes of dry sherry. That’s all there was the first 15 or so minutes after pouring. Luckily, giving it some time, and after your nose has come to terms with this attack on the olfactory system, it really started to shine, with sultanas, raisins, plums, chocolate and a bit of a nutty element.
      A drop of water (or two, or three) really helps. It’s more ‘lively’ (less dried fruit, fresher on the wood), and while the fruit and sherry still jump out, there are also some faint hints of grassy/herbal notes I’ve come to associate with the Kilkerran signature that I couldn’t pick up before.
    • Taste
      88 88
      It still remains an explosion of wood and sherry, and while this is ‘only’ 52.1% ABV, it still does some of the talking with a bit of a sting at first. So again, after giving it more time, the nuts, chocolate and dried red fruits emerged to put some balance into this beast. Here, the added water delivers a more prominent funk note to help accentuate the nuts and chocolate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, dry, woody with a hint of chocolate and the added water helps to soften things out a bit. Like on the nose, it becomes less dry and the dominant woodnote is subdued somewhat to allow the nuts and chocolate to come forth.

  3. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. STL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    But how well done! Oh that's good !
    Lots of finesse and no less sweetness. The mouth is slightly different from the nose (more raw). We're getting closer to a Springbank.
    Nice selection of The Nectar (thanks Mario).
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

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