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Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
89.02/100
votes
450
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
10.10.2019
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Re-charred Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
15000
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
19/354
Barcode
610854004439
Added on
04 Nov 2019 4:25 pm by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 120,18

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.02 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not the first 8yo in barrel strength that the Glengyle Distillery brings to the people, but the first one that comes up with such a deep dark color - and so its predecessors, which were only allowed to slip through a bourbon barrel, are still available everywhere at a fairly reasonable price, while Ms. Sherry is ripped out of the hands of the shops; and sometimes at prices that you don't like to see on an 8yo on the price tag.
    Well then: as red as it is, it also tastes red - and that without flaw or blame on the nose and on the palate. Strong, yes, but hey, are 57.1%. Wonderfully integrated alcohol, great sherry flavors, no sulfur whatsoever.
    • Nose
      89 89
      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 and juicy grapes. In addition, the same program in dried again, although one can speak of raisins and figs marinated in sherry. The berry program is accompanied by a pleasant spice cabinet aroma, with pepper, cloves, cardamom and turmeric as a top note. As with the colleagues across the street with maritime notes and a mineral note (which is not very apparent due to the violent sherry impact). Caramel candy, nougat, vanilla. As time goes on, the aroma becomes more pleasing and rounder.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong, yet very tasty start with the same berries as they have announced in the nose. Alcohol very well integrated, no stinging, no burning, just cozy warmth, which spreads quickly in the mouth with intense sherry aromas. Quite dry from the start, spicy and with a lot of dark chocolate. Marzipan bread, cinnamon, cardamom, increasingly pepper and, over time, cooling menthol. Dry wood shavings, leather, tobacco flavors. Dark chocolate, fresh cherry cake.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish menthol continues to spread and play with the berries. Black cherries are pushing in even more, pepper gives a lot of flavor. You want the finish a little longer, but with (only) 8 years in the barrel it will be over at some point, tomorrow is another day, off to bed.

  5. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice deep burnished red color, natural, no E150a, no chill filtering.

    Legs: thin but substantial for only 8 years. proximal beading, large beads.

    Nose: Campbeltown peat, nice oceanic malt, char, toasted quince, faint sulfur, mint leaf, cinnamon, all spice, old leather. Herb bitters like the Swiss take for colds, and just a hint of wood, which is surprising.

    Mouth: Beautiful hit of fruit and smoke, mixing with the char. Pork ribs but not inside the meat, just burnt BBQ sauce on the top with a hint of grilled fat. Yes, umami. More leather, Christmas cake (I hate saying that, so cliche) and what I mean is the icing, the slivered almonds, the apricot jam, the currants and golden raisins, and some figs perhaps. These oloroso casks are quite good to impart so many flavors. Love the char. Just right Dialed in perfectly with the Campeltown peat and the magical waters of Crosshill Loch. That loch is not to be underestimated, and it gives a unique flavor to all whiskies made from it, so close as it is to Campeltown Loch and the sea. I say that Crosshill Loch is to Campeltown whiskies as the peaty water from Highland Park is to that distillery's special flavor. Very nice and perfectly at home with a meaty, Oloroso char barrel. A marriage made in heaven or hell, take your pick, but perfect. Either fallen saints or risen red devils.

    Finish: powerful but medium and not long. It's long for being an 8 year however. Still the tongue is reeling in a pleasant manner. Last flavor to die: the oloroso coming across as dried orchard fruits.

    Parting observations: Well, for an eight year, I think this is pretty much as good as it gets for me at such an incredible price. There is no sulfur in the mouth that i can detect yet. With water, it moves in that direction but not all the way there. The sulfur is only a faint hint on the nose, thank goodness. There's nothing that spoils a good Campeltown malt for me like sulfur. I hate sulfur and so I am grateful there is none to taste here. For me, the devil's perfume is never pleasant. And I don't look nostalgically back on a licking my burnt fingers after playing with cap guns as a boy, but I did love playing with toy guns and I think boys should be given them for fun today.

    There is that so awful to admit? Back when cap guns, suction cup guns, and potato guns were commonplace in the hands of happy boys, there was far less gun violence in society at large. That is, before American society went widdershins, head over tea kettle, and began sending 18 year olds off to die like clockwork in the largest military ever to exist on planet earth for twenty consecutive years running, but then on the other hand America's media and its psychology industry can't bear to see toy guns in the hands of boys playing happily with mock weaponry as boys have done since the beginning of time . . . even while films and tv shows glorify gun violence in the most gratuitous way imaginable as if that's supposed to be all well and fine, when it's not at all, and neither are video games that are too realistic in the hands of boys, girls, (and adults) with a kind of violence that is not normal and very different from time immemorial in an unhealthy way.

    Ha, this whisky seems to bring out intellectual flights of fancy? Yes, and so much the better. It's a good conversation starter I think. I'm changing my score from an 88 to an 89 just based on that alone. Some whisky is magical. This one is that for me and it doesn't dull the mind at all with the delightful buzz it provides rather quickly I should say. A perfect holiday sitting around chatting after dinner whisky.

    Good cigar optional but not out of place. Blow me a smoke ring if you light one. And if you are Gandalf then please do blow an entire smoking boat out of thin air with your pipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAZpjWZRNAc. This whisky can help to create . . . a night to remember.

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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
      -Islay?
      -Maritime
      -Salty
      -Schoko raisins
      -Amaretto
      -Almonds
      -Honey
      -55 abv?
      -Bunnahabhain?
      - 10-12 years?
    • Taste
      86 86
      -Sweet
      -Plaumenmus
      - something menthol
      - Spicy from the barrel
      -Light dry
      -Herrenschokolade
    • Finish
      86 86
      - short to medium
      - light nuttiness
      - draft from the barrel is increasing
      - dry

  8. 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.

  9. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  10. Stef89 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I've now learned to let a hypewhisky pass me by - like this one too. Actually, I drive quite well with it, so the consequence was to buy in anyway, because it is just incredibly good.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Great, thick nose with dry and nutty Oloroso Sherry. Very dense and pleasant. The alcohol cools the nose but is not stinging. Raisins and red dried fruits, slightly sulphurized. But this note is excellent. Ine breeze menthol and a slight accusation of smoke. But that could also come from the barrel.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A strong but not intrusive sweet comes first. The alcohol is well integrated but water is good. Cherries in alcohol come through and dark chocolate. Has something of Mon Cherie. Delicious!
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish reflects everything and does not bring much new, but supports the previous tastes and carries the whole. Because of the sweetness it lasts relatively long.
      The weakest part of it all but still tasty.

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