Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
08 years old
Re-charred Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Nov 2019 4:25 pm by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 82,37

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Official Springbank Notes for Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength

    The new edition of the Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength is available from tomorrow (9th November 2019). Bottled at 57.1% this new KK 8yo CS was matured in 100% Re-charred Oloroso Sherry Casks.

    Tasting Notes

    Nose: Waves of smoky bacon and sticky glazed ham are followed by dried fruit characteristics that give way to soft peat smoke.

    Palate: Rich, fruity and spicy. Notes of ginger loaf, fresh ripe cherries and sultanas. Hints of cloves, dark chocolate and a refreshing menthol note.

    Finish: A lasting finish of nostalgic buttered brown toast, espresso and ashy peat smoke. A lasting, earthy character reminiscent of the distillery’s dunnage warehousing.

  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Wow - straightforward, aromatic, powerful and tasty. Constantly damn high quality for a very good price - a real whisky monster.
    • Nose
      88 88
      BBQ sauce, slightly smoky, slightly salty and a dash of lemon juice, fresh roasted malt, sticky sweet sherry with dried fruit but also a touch of dirt / sulfur (but really just a touch), the alcohol brings a slight menthol freshness in the malt , despite dominant sherry still little oak in the nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Powerful, mentholic alcohol, huge portion of sherry - dry Oloroso and fruit cake, cherry and already here some chocolate and spicy oak. Intense and full - it almost kills you.
    • Finish
      90 90
      first oak and warm liquid chocolate then a huge fruit sweetness and again the slightly smoky BBQ sauce. At the end dry with earthy notes and oak bitterness. The medium-long finish uncompromising continues the previous aroma experience and invites you to the next sip.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not the first 8yo in cask strength that the Glengyle Distillery brings to the public, but the first to come up with such a deep, dark color - and so its predecessors, who were only allowed to slip through a bourbon barrel, are still available at a fair price, while Ms. Sherry is torn out of the shops; and partly at prices that you do not like to see on the price tag on a 8yo.
    Well then: as red as it is, it also tastes red - and that without blemish and blame on the nose and on the palate. Strong, yes, but hey, are 57.1%. Wonderfully integrated alcohol, great sherry flavors, no sulfur. I flirted with a 90 for a short time, but for that he is too impregnated in the finish. So it is very good 89 points.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The color of the whisky - deep dark red - speaks volumes - and it is not a blender: a berry mix of ripe blackberries, blueberries, black currants, juicy grapes. Next to it the same program in dried again, where one can rather speak of raisins and figs in sherry. The berry program is accompanied by a pleasant spice cupboard aroma, with pepper, cloves, cardamom and turmeric as the top note. As with the colleagues across the street with maritime touches and a mineral note (which comes through the heavy sherry impact but not very apparent to the fore). Caramel sweet, nougat, vanilla. The aroma becomes more pleasing and rounder as time progresses.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong, yet very tasty onset with the same berries as they have already announced in the nose. Alcohol very well integrated, no stinging, no burning, only cozy warmth, which spreads quickly with intense sherry aromas in the mouth. From the beginning quite dry, spicy and with a lot of dark chocolate. Marzipan bread, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and, over time, menthol. Dry wood shavings, leather, tobacco flavors. Dark chocolate, fresh cherry cake.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish menthol spreads and plays with the berries. Black cherries are pushing harder, peppers are spicing up. One wishes the departure a good deal longer, but at (only) 8 years in the barrel is then eventually closed, tomorrow is also a day, off to bed.

  4. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    All in all a beautiful Sherry Whisky with a great nose and a strong overall package. For 8 years, the alcohol is super involved and there is little to complain about. Personally, I hardly noticed any smoke, unlike other reviews. PLV top with 50-60 € (as of 11/2019), therefore a no-brainer, or must-have. In 2019 one of the best whiskys regarding PLV I could try.
    • Nose
      91 91
      strong sherry nose, combination of subtle dark fruits, Oloroso sherry and sweet herbs.
    • Taste
      90 90
      at the beginning very pleasant sweet in the mouth, then alcohol of 57.1% perceptible but very well integrated for 8 years.
    • Finish
      90 90
      quite a long finish for the age, slight woody note, remains long in the mouth or on the palate.

  5. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Thanks to Andreas from Whisky Experience for the 2cl blindsample!

    I could have sworn that it is a Bunnahabhain from the local dealer selection ...

    By the way: D
    • Nose
      88 88
      -New Sherry Style
      -Schoko raisins
      -55 abv?
      - 10-12 years?
    • Taste
      86 86
      - something menthol
      - Spicy from the barrel
      -Light dry
    • Finish
      86 86
      - short to medium
      - light nuttiness
      - draft from the barrel is increasing
      - dry

  7. theograph scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This I a really nice and intense sherry malt but not really outstanding. There is bacon, sweet smoke, pepper and salt. A lot of spice from the charred oak. It's getting bitter by time. Nice maritime aromas. Overall it is very close to Cadenheads Authentic Release of the 11yo from 2018.

  8. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    It is really a great surprise, even if we know Glengyle is putting out their first batches to make an impression. The score probably should be revised after breathing in the bottle for like 6 months to a year. It did not settle at all, as It was bottled 2 months ago.
    • Nose
      Very beefy, apart from the darkness of the liquid, it is not overly sherried at all. For me, this is what a slightly peated Mortlach would be. BBQed steak, with just a few baked dark fruits, and baking spices.
    • Taste
      It follows suit of the nose completely.

  10. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Great surprise! Very nice whisky that convinces in the nose and the finish!
    The palate is a bit short but still a very harmonious Malt.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Here we go well. Full rich smell of dark fruits. Ripe plums, rather plum jam.
      In addition juicy blackberries, blueberries.
      There are also great hints of fig dates and raisins. All the nice fine dried fruit. The alcohol is great involved. Does not bother in the nose at all. In addition, there is always lightly bacon with a sweet malt note. I also notice a touch of sulfur. I can not (yet) find smoke. Harmonizes very nicely. Where the sherry is already clearly in the foreground. Since then I miss the maritime notes something.
    • Taste
      86 86
      By the 57% alcohol comes a full voluminous start. Dark fruits have a slightly peppery pungency. But everything rather pleasant. Again, the high alcohol content is not really disturbing.
      In addition slightly dry and a little bit bitter after chocolate. There are also beautiful spices such as cloves, cinnamon. There is also some marzipan.
      The high aroma density of the nose, he can not quite go here. Possibly. Is it possible to help with some water?
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mid-length finish, chocolate, leather and some tobacco finish.
      Leaves a nice fruity sweet mouthfeel. Here I also notice the slight smoke for the first time.


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