Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
88.67/100
votes
1088
Whiskybase ID
WB142026
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
Casknumber
Batch #4
Number of bottles
15000
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
19/354
Barcode
610854004439
Added on
04 nov 2019 4:25 pm by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 408.39

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

170 users have left 177 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.67 points.

  1. migratore scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  2. Tordeaux scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    great young sherry monster, cool balance
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Nut nougat, grapes, citrus fruits, orange and the Campelton Funk (sulphur or the smell of rotten eggs)
    • Taste
      88 88
      creamy and fruity
    • Finish
      86 86
      refreshing

  5. Maltimizer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Oloroso in your face! Very dark, with raisins, orange marmalade, nut chocolate and some sulphur. Ever sweeter over time with toffee and granola. He can't deny his origins, Campbeltown at it's best!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense and slightly tart, the alcohol is clearly noticeable! Mineral, ashy and fruity with dark berries and prunes. Significant spice and pepperiness. The Oloroso is also very present here.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and intense, relatively dry and heavy. More mineral and dirty. Tobacco, walnuts and ash.

  6. VEF206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. just 2thetop scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Assertive, richly sherried, with a musty side (appearing to result from the combination of peat and oak) and a noticeable bite from the high strength.
      Pumpernickel / rye bread, cherry-flavored herbal cough lozenges, maraschino cherry, cold rubs, gravy, barbecue sauce, ashy smoke.
      Better, less cherry-centric, and more civilized with water, which adds leather, coal dust, and more distillate fatness (for lack of a better word).
    • Taste
      86 86
      Basically the nose on repeat, perhaps plus blackcurrant and a mineral side. I tend to find Kilkerran a bit tart at higher bottling strengths, and this one's no exception. It almost seems as if you can taste the ashy layer of barrel char from the re-charred Oloroso casks (but that can't be, right?).
      Water helps, though.
      Rum-raisin, condensed sherry syrup (what?), bramble jam, dark chocolate, ristretto, burnt caramel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pretty long, considering the young age (with a big assist from the smoke, obviously). Nicely tart and mineral, with the little sweetness there is seeming to come from the spirit, not the cask.

  9. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Bold and in your face, this Kilkerran brought a hefty punch of rich Oloroso-driven chocolate and dried fruit. Lovely meat and peat notes occasionally surfaced along with a not unpleasant sulfur funk. This was a young and punchy dram that hit a couple of notes really well but was otherwise not terribly complex. For such a young spirited malt, you cannot really hope for a lot more— this bottle really fits a particular mood when you just want rich flavors without a lot of complexity to distract you. This is eminently drinkable at natural cask strength, but a few drops of water can really help bring forward more fruit and dispel some of the funkier notes.

    Mental Image: Flaming Char Siu.
    • Nose
      Opens with a blast of rich oloroso: milk chocolate, fudge, raspberries, cherries, and candied oranges. Deeper meaty notes of pork, barbecue char, and cooking oil come through before new shoes, supple leather, and sulfur builds.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied with deep rich flavors and a slightly viscous mouthfeel. Chocolate-covered berries, sweet meaty char siu, and a mild burnt rubber note. On the back end sits dry cocoa powder, freeze-dried fruits, sliced kiwi, and smoke.
    • Finish
      Lingering chocolate and sulphur across the palate.

  10. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 89 points Shoplink Moderator

    I have most of the samples marked with only the Whiskybase number, so for greater objectivity I taste them three times, while the first two tastings are blind.

    I really enjoy this sample from the very beginning! Beautifully fruity, yet not particularly distinctly sweet. I guess something around 46% and maturing after red wine. Beautifully integrated alcohol - especially considering that it is an 8-year-old whisky. After the first tasting, I would rate it at 90 points, but after the other two, it is just a little less. The first tasting was by far the best in this case and also most of the tasting notes come from it.

    This is exactly the bottle one wants to have at home. Too bad the current astronomical price. Well, who hesitates ...
    (Evaluated on a sample basis.)
    • Nose
      The scent is definitely interesting and unconventional. Overripe to slightly rotten fruit, burns, lightly varnished furniture, cherry jam. Pie with cherries, red and black currants and crumbs. Cream, red grapefruit pulp and vanilla pudding with fresh wild strawberries and raspberries.

      After adding water something like rose wine.
    • Taste
      Generally light smoke with brutal fruitiness. Alcohol is familiar, but it does not sting and does not matter in taste. Black currants (very pronounced!), Overripe cherries, blackberries. After a while, as if drenched in cream or milk. Red wine. And ginger (especially initially).

      After adding water: strawberry cream, boiled beets, red peppers, light tannins, cherry ice cream, fruit candies and red grapes.
    • Finish
      Rather drier. Again black currant, then blueberries, salted caramel. And after a long time honeycombs and burnt edge of the cast bun.

      After adding water: white currants, white grapes, woody smoke, salted pickle, cumin and a little cinnamon.

  11. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Whisky Dram, Kyiv 02/19/22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  15. hzs275 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    01/22/2022:
    Quality work. Sherry monster, sherry on the border.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Restrained, roasted seeds, grinders from watercolor paints, varnish, sherry, dry peat, dessert white grapes, pickled apples, dominated by sherry (good sherry), roasted chestnuts, cake, wild berries.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherry, candied fruit, peat, varnish, oak.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sherry, candied candied fruit, long, dessert, peat, wild berries, oak, knits.

  17. bankimate scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good quality, burnt sherry cask, Kilkerran's character is alive and well

  19. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Simply great value for money. Not particularly complex, but just plain good. The alcohol is also very well integrated.

    Color: henna red
    • Nose
      Very fruity and spicy: (whale) nuts, a bit alcoholic at the beginning, dried fruits, some dirt, Campbeltown flavor
    • Taste
      Dirt, sherry, dried plums, oranges, walnuts. It becomes even more flavorful with water.
    • Finish
      Walnuts, sultanas, dried plums and a very intense finish

  20. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      A strong sherry influence for sure, lots of leather and tobacco notes, dried fruits and sour fresh fruits like cherries and red currants. With a little time the fresh fruits win the match.
      The smokiness is rather civilised, the dirtiness too. APerhaps a bit of motor oil.
      It seems ,like anybody else, I also like this nose a lot!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Despite the high ABV it´s not sharp at all. Rolls creamy over the tongue. A sweet fruitiness, lots of sherry flavors, subtle smoke. There is a faint cardboardy taste, but that´s probably just me. Hints of balsamic vinegar. Very powerful! Just great
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, slowly drying, rather clean, but still there´s a bit of cardboard (or is that wood?). I would have expected a more expressive finish after the nose and the taste. But still, this is top notch stuff.

  21. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. kamiln scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    According to whisky classified by David Wishart
    Body: 5
    Sweet: 4
    Smoky: 3
    Medical: 0
    Tobacco: 3
    Honey: 3
    Spicy: 3
    Winey: 4
    Nutty: 4
    Malty: 1
    Fruity: 4
    Floral: 2

  24. aryehf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting review.
    Felt like a young distillate that was pushed into good and active sherry cask to get 'matured' dram in short period of time.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dry sherry, damp basement, old books, clean smoke, caramel, chocolate.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoke, honey, raisins, orange peel, caramel toffee.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, walnuts, smoke, raisins, dried plums.

  25. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Intense
    While this is already batch 4 of the Kilkerran Cask Strength, it is the first I ever try. It matured on re-charred oloroso hogshead, which explains the color. And it is bottled at 57.1% ABV, they could have named it Kilkerran 100 Proof, right? Anyway, let me just get down to it.
    Oh, my, this is an intense nose! On the one hand dark and fruity notes, but those are very quickly overpowered by green garden herbs, ribs on the barbecue, curry ketchup and freshly polished leather. But beware: there is also a big whiff of sulfur in there. That’s not for everyone. Nice smokiness too.
    The alcohol let’s itself be felt on the palate. Again dark and sweet notes first, like coffee, figs, milk chocolate and fresh cherries, but turns rather umami with lots of oak. The smokiness is less outspoken than on the nose. It’s a lot sweeter than the nose promised too. This is quickly going in the right direction. The sulfur evaporates and makes room for more red fruit, honey and plum liqueur. Literally turns honeysweet.
    Even the finish is intense. Red fruit, pepper, smoke. A bitter, dry note at the death, but it does not detract in the least.
    Wow, that was an intense flavor bomb.

  26. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  27. -sAxo- scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. Apikalov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I’m not a sherry freak, so take that for what’s it worth.

    I find it a little disappointing for the hype. Personally. My take is, I’d rather have Springbank/Kilkerran/Longrow/Hazelburn in bourbon casks. Maybe it just doesn’t jive in sherry for me; or maybe Springbank is saving a few bucks with their sherry cask dealer...Hey, that’s great news for me. Should save me a few bucks.

    That said, it’s still quite enjoyable. I just wouldn’t chase it is all.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Youthful and heavy sherry. Bacon, charcoal, twizzlers, feisty spirit.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Bacon, leather, cocoa powder, chocolate strawberries and some peach syrup
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dark Smokey chocolate, molé, a little thin, spicy. Lots of cask with the char, bacon, chocolate.

  30. Benny85 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    this is really a good / great 8 yearl old whisky for around 60 € with no off-notes, nice sherry and very strong alcohol that needs some water imo.
    However, this is NOT a transcendent whisky experience that justifies secondary market prices well over 100 €. if your bottle is still closed - sell it to one of the maniacs paying these numbers!!!
    nice job Kilkerran, fair price at the retail start - no whisky to talk too much about. buy a dronach cask strenght, buy an a'bunadh...its all good.

  31. Andytka3 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    1567) Kilkerran, 8YO, Cask Strength, Glengyle Distillery, Batch 4, Bottled 2019
    • Nose
      N- Thrilled and drilled deep into the oak albeit only a 8YO. Authentic seasoned thick pine butcher's block, rubbing peat and salt onto a chilled smoked belly ham. The chocolate rises with steamed milk foam, the roasting scents in a busy barista cafe intertwined with soft Chinese herbs drifting from the traditional medicine hall located next door, angelica lurking in the air, then the savoury meat come again, spicy dried fruits and boiled green barley mashed. What else do you need? (93/23)
    • Taste
      P- Initial bold dryness laying path for the dried fruits, cola sweet peat, caramelized gula melaka and cinnamon to flow thru, a few drops of melting wax onto the compote raisins and dried apricots. Heavily waxed oak balanced with big spicy fruits. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long, burst of strength and keep going on like a grumpy old man, except that this doesn't cause any annoyance. Rock sugar, dried fruits, chewy TCM, firm grip with good depth. (91/22)

      B/B- 94/23 Mesmerizing. A dram that can take me down the memory lane. Not a golden boot that score most goals, but netted when it matter most. Not a Harry Kane, but a Diego Maradona.

      Weighted Rate- 92pt, +1 for super value.

  32. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Well done and not boring.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Hazelnuts and raisins combine with subtle and fine smoke, thick caramel and vanilla, slightly oily and salty-earthy, black smoked ham and pepper, light oak and cinnamon, BBQ, truffle cream, resinous pine needles with spicy blossom honey, marzipan, candied orange, apple, Dried dates and figs, cherries and prunes, hay and tobacco, nutmeg, slightly mineral with yeast dough, balsamic vinegar, strawberry
    • Taste
      87 87
      Caramel and fruity sherry, spicy oak with campfire smoke and smoldering ash, BBQ and honey, pepper and black smoked ham, salty and earthy with cardamom, resin and pine needles, cherry and prune, cinnamon and clove, leather and dark cocoa, almonds, bread-like yeast dough, Apricot, the alcohol is well integrated, but you can still tell how old it is
    • Finish
      87 87
      slightly metallic with malty smoke, sherry and raisins with a touch of sulfur, cocoa powder and caramel, mineral with chalk, resinous pine needles and spicy oak, BBQ and honey, almonds and hazelnuts, prunes, earthy and salty with leather, tobacco and cherry, ash

  33. SRB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. Jordanite scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The first FOMO purchase that I have made in my whisky journey. I would suggest that it was slightly overhyped at FOMO prices but definitely a bang for your buck at the generous original Campbeltown prices. The sherry casks were indeed very good and rich, with all the characteristics one would expect from actual very good casks rather than merely "the finest sherry casks" from bespoke bodegas: no sultana bomb here, rather dates, blackberries, and that special creamy quality that appears in good Oloroso casks. The peat is present but subtle, but that is how I like it. I miss the biscuit flavours that are so clear in the ex-bourbon version; the sherry cask is too loud for such subtleties. Overall very enjoyable, the only dampener being that niggling awareness that I paid 50% more than what others paid.

  35. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    a real hammer this 8 year old. One of the best young whisky I've tried so far. It looks much more mature and older than 8 years. Delicious
    • Nose
      strong sherry notes from dried fruits, plums, raisins. The whole paired with a subtle smoky note, the high alcohol content is barely noticeable here. There are spicy notes, some oak, definitely smells older than 8 years, a touch of furniture polish comes through, then herbs later. If you hold your nose deep in the glass and inhale vigorously, you can also feel the alcohol
    • Taste
      spicy in the beginning paired with rather leathery aromas, then comes a little pepper and later slightly sweet with a hint of chocolate. Rather on the dry, spicy side which merges into the bitter. The alcohol is surprisingly well integrated here too
    • Finish
      Sweet sherry-heavy finish with chocolate and lots of dried fruits and dark berries. The sweet aromas linger for a long time. Very salivary

  36. Donpistoni scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Young loud and sharp. Needs another 8 years in the barrel.

  37. Lakerfield scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Alright then! Mental image: an 8-year-old with a fully grown beard and mustache asking for a smoke. You just frown in confusion and say alright then. If you told me this was a 16-year-old I had believed you too. It's a heck of a job to make it this flavourful and complex at such age. It confirms the age-old saying of 'older isn't always better'. It starts with good distillate, and thrives with good cask selection. Surely I won't have to explain the quality control of Springbank and Glengyle.. I'll have to add this: this bottle has seen a lot of praise. And a bit too much I think, as some refer to it as the second coming of Jesus Christ himself. It's outstanding for the given age though. Good stuff from the Wee Toon.
    • Nose
      A bit muted at first, but what is coming through is promising. Oldskool style sherry! We've got orange, stewed apple, prune juice, cherry and pineapple. After that chocolate brownie, salted caramel, vanilla and honey. Furthermore almond paste, butter and some odd notes like wet gravel, bacon grease, eucalyptus and light, earthy peat. Has its parallels with the 2019 Hazelburn 14yo, and that's good. It sets itself apart from the masses with sherry casks of a quality that remind us of better times. No idea if that makes any sense..
    • Taste
      An oily, not too dry old Oloroso style. Again, a tad closed up and it needs some time. After that; yessss. We start with orange zest, cherry, raisin and cranberry. Then dark chocolate, sultana, licorice and toffee. Balsamic vinegar, bacon grease, chili, tobacco, limestone and wood polish make the picture complete. Passes the palate test flawlessly too. Nice salty tang to it, with a faint funky note if we look hard enough.
    • Finish
      Long lasting with dark chocolate, muesli, honey, strawberry and toffee.

  38. GAET59 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: it's creamy, chocolate, hazelnut and a nice presence of dried fruits, a slight winey side but not unpleasant
    Palate: It's always delicious despite the alcohol, we are still on mocha, chocolate and dried fruits. The spices are also felt in the background.
    Overall: Chocolatey, long and spicy.

  39. fradin11 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is quite good, but it needs time to open up. Not sure if I agree with the hype around this malt, but still very good.
    • Nose
      When first opened, strong aromas of rye bread and yeast. When it subsides, a mix of sherry and sea spray. Dark fruits, honey, saline, vegetal notes.
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival with saline notes. Salty and sweet. Dark honey, sea spray, sherry notes, ginger.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet with sea spray, mild sherry notes, and spice.

  41. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  42. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  43. LordBellamy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    with water: it becomes calmer, a little sweeter, but unfortunately also loses something

    Conclusion: not mine, this dry, leathery sherry with the meat note, and somehow quite unbalanced. There will be many who like it, but for me it is nothing
    • Nose
      Cocoa, nuts, fleshy, earthy, clove, tobacco, a bit restless on the nose, dates
    • Taste
      decent punch, dry sherry, cocoa, earthy, meaty, strong alcohol
    • Finish
      medium to long, again dry and earthy sherry, tobacco, leather, only subtle fruit and sweetness

  44. jeanlucky37 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Color: dark resin.

    Nose: Open, tart. Fermented fruit, dark chocolate, hibiscus tea, a bit of wet wool farmyard. With the addition of a couple of drops of water, the aroma intensifies, plus some kind of fishy smoked meat appears in the background.

    Taste: Dense, thick. Overripe plum, "ladybug" sweets, well-stale grapes.

    Finish: Long lasting, but not smooth. In the first seconds, as a whole, it repeats the taste and aroma, and then it crumbles a little and stretches with a peppery bitterness with some woody notes.

    Conclusion: A very worthy malt came out, especially considering its initially adequate cost, at the time of its appearance in Russia. I would gladly put the Central Bank in the bar and not even one.

  46. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  47. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  48. K C Wong scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  49. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  50. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  51. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    First impression from the pour: Sweaty socks, sweaty armpits, damp clothes, fermented tofu, and kimchi juice.

    I do like sulfur and dirty sherry, but this is far too filthy.

    30 minutes later: Mellowed down dirt, but still reminiscent of sweaty socks, but, this time with soil and dirt in the background.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  52. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    ***
    ????: golden brown,
    ????: strong, intense Oloroso, already quite nicely arranged, sweet, but you can also feel the power and intensity a bit, it is a bit disturbing, it is too much in the foreground, when somewhere in the distance there are sweet warm bourbon notes, and it starts to be sooooo cool!
    ????: quite smooth, tasty ... very tasty !!! Chocolate and light pepper, yum! All in ex-oloroso notes. Perfect power here! Sooooo nice !!! : D
    ????: oloroso chocolate, moderate, warming
    *
    Soooooo tasty yum !!! In addition to the typical sherry climate, a plus: nice peppery notes, quite smooth for 8yo and this bourbon sweetness ... mmmm. Very nice dram!
    *
    ????: 5/10
    ????: 88/100

  53. Dogs2 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  54. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  55. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Despite a bottle polishing review:

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/28/revisiting-kilkerran/

    ,.... it seems there’s plenty of this left. After a little {vintage Macallan and Longmorn] sherried whisky action, let’s see how this contemporary young dram holds up. Time to kill this Kilkerran.

    N: Of course, it’s useless comparing this with 1962 Macallan. It’s hardly like for like. What I learned about this one before, is to allow the lively syrup and tannins to settle for the meatier, oilier, and more agricultural/industrial notes to emerge. Tonight, the vanilla speaks clearly as does a citrusy tutti-frutti vibe, so more gelateria than macellaio [butchers] today, though is that Peperami? Could this be the ultimate meat lovers icecream! Suet creme brulee is real-life option. Let’s not leave out the suggestion of grassy creosote and the dank dunnage-y aspect that lurks underside of the keen leathery cask resins. And how about [chick] pea jus with a drizzle of pomegranate glaze? Indeed, there’ll be a chickpea gravy coming to a well-being centre near you, soon. It’s a fun nose, and everyone will come up with plenty of personal descriptors.

    T: And it’s not only on the nose that this one excels. This is a case of where an active cask and stable distillate enable each other their individual rights of way. Sherry cask it maybe, but salty > malty > citrus > fruit rye] vanillas are never far away,...

    F: ,... alongside more leathery > cereal bar [albeit soft to formidable resinous] vanillins, there’s more of that desirable saltiness at the end, with a sweet-briny < [digestive = oat cake] biscuity-ness. On subsequent sips, it’s straight to herbal toffee ice cream,... and Aftersun!? The unusualness never stops. What a fabulous whisky. No wonder this was so popular,

    C: Again, comparing to 1962 Macallan is hardly useful, except for getting some perspective on some wildly exaggerated scores for this Kilkerran. A masterpiece, this is not, yet I can imagine this ageing [in glass] like a peach in 20 years time. Put a bottle aside and you could have an Old & Rare exhibit for 2040. Until then, it’s a cracking young affordable single cask whisky.

    Easily the same excellent score as before .

  56. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  57. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    From a freshly opened bottle, and I really think it needs some serious oxidation.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Strong and full of dirty sherry notes, very rich berries and dried fruits notes. Smells sticky and sweet, but it's not too sweet as it is balanced with the rather organic earthiness. Slight hint of sulphur, which is kind of expected with modern sherry casks. Some burnt tyre and rubber, and kind of reminds me of plastic container you used to store cookies. Overall very complex, but not really coherent.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Powerful young sherried malt, lots of raisins, apricot, and dried fruits, with some bitter oakiness and tannin. Kind of jammy and leathery, and some saltiness to balance to sweetness upfront. Orange peel, very mild dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long finish, with warm oakiness and fruitiness. The rubbery and leathery is lingering together with the faint saltiness.

  58. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Need to breath to open the flavors and the initial nasty notes. The initial sulfur and rubber notes almost killed the nose.

    This need tons of breathing..
    • Nose
      87 87
      A little of sulfur, green vegetable, rubber notes, need a bit of time to breath. Then the sooty, herbal notes, Kilkerran popular dusty peat, char, dark chocolate, a little vanilla sweetness, orange (at last!), raisins, dark tea. To my surprise, very little oak. After a sip, Parmesan cheese powder?

      With water: more coal, wood smoke, dried fruits, a little zesty, too bad there is still a little rubber.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Orange concentrate, Kilkerran style of dust, leathery, brine, a faint hints of peat, quite spicy.

      With water: more leather, tobacco, coal, and oak polish. With water this taste older.

      I like this more without water.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, zesty and briny.

  59. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice and intense whisky, a lot of sherrycask influence combined with real woodfire smoke, which makes it quite irresistable. Very good dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, a lot of skai or fake leather, Scapino-effect. Also some bonfire smoke and roasted meat. And incense.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong, pepper, red fruits, plums, bonfire smoke, Honey, full taste, milkchcocolate. Very intense. Also some coffee.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still strong and powerful, pepper, some red fruits and smoke. Milkchocolate again, still very intense and a pretty long finish.

  60. OJK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Treacle, struck matches and very light sulphur (to my tastes the pleasant kind) coating the familiar Kilkerran smoked coastal butter and oily lemons and minerals. Unfortunately the inviting nose doesn't fully through to the palate and finish, which is short and becomes slightly drying and muted under the tannic sherry notes. Still an intriguing, rich and distinct dram, so very much worth spending time with, even if you prefer the bourbon matured versions of Kilkerran (as I do).

  61. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  62. red71 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  63. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  64. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  65. Gous scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  66. the_muskox scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasty stuff! The nose is just spectacular. All the depth and richness you’d ever want, with a great balance of sweet, tart, and savoury, plus that cedar note that I love! The palate and finish weren’t quite up to that admittedly very high level, as the youth of the whisky did start to come through. I think my expectations for this whisky were maybe just a bit too high. Still highly recommended!

    Nose: Not shy! Savoury, musty oloroso, with a tart fruity edge. Tart oranges, red plums, white cherries, sugared raisins, green apples, and dried pineapple. There’s a rich earthy spiciness: Rooibos tea, cinnamon-spiked honey, flamed cedar planks, burnt marshmallows, Kashmiri chili powder, star anise, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean. Loads of sweet roasted barley and toffee underneath. Perhaps some red miso as well. Wet earth and moss, slick seaside rocks, along with black pepper and more industrial notes of engine grease and old musty warehouses. Intoxicating.

    Palate: Medium-oily, fairly hot. Honey and fresh fruit up front, developing to sweet barley sugar, strawberry hard candies, and fruit leather. It gets progressively earthier through the development. Peppery peat smoke in the middle, with roasted walnuts, some tart earth, and more of that fragrant cedar wood and rooibos tea. Beef broth and caramelized onions! It sweetens back up towards the back end with peach tea and Swedish Berries.

    Finish: Sweet and fairly short. More sweet caramelized onions. Springbank-like yeasty barley funk. Orange sherbet, cinnamon, nutmeg, butterscotch, and nougat. A whole bag of trail mix: peanuts, raisins, and dried apricot, banana, apple slices. Beach sand? Distant cedar smoke and cayenne pepper. Very slightly vegetal.

  67. Captain Teague scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Coming back to this baby after half a year... bottIe half emptied. And I have to say it even improved to what I remember... sulfur notes are gone and this one is so complex and settled for an 8 yr old whisky ..Nose: Sweet Fruits ( Orange , Red Grapes) , Strong Menthol/ Eucalyptus, Woodhoney, Tannenwald, Rosemary, slight Vanilla and cinnamon ...Taste: Sweeet fruits ( raisins, plums,) and honey , menthol/eucalyptus ( other herbs but hard to get over the strong menthol note)- great oily mouthfeel, darker milk chocolate, saltiness,...long finish nice oak bitterness menthol sweetness ashiness

    Have to admit I think it's a great work and very interesting sherry style more of this Glengyle!.

  68. whisky_garage scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Intense, powerful, multifaceted. Dried fruits (dried apricots, raisins), apricot compote, fresh peach????????????, milk chocolate????????????, ripe garden berries (closer to black currants), monpacier????????????. Creamy industrial notes????????????, some mineral shades????????????. Old, oiled rags covered with a layer of dust. Tobacco shades, apricot pit, barrel.

    Taste: Concentrated, dense. Completely repeats the aroma. There are dried fruits, a lot of dried fruits, berry and fruit notes under the chocolate layer. Mineral shades, industrial grade, silky haze.

    Finish: Long lasting. Dried fruits, chocolate shades, spices, light pleasant haze.

  69. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  70. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Grilled meat smoke and sherry quite a nice combination

  71. GRARA scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    When all senses meet in a dram

  72. Collegiate scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An enjoyable experience although I didn’t quite get into this bottle as much as others have. But for an 8 year old at cask strength, it’s really quite good. If you like your whiskies young and sherry forward, this is the beast you want and you would undoubtedly score this at least a few points higher than myself. However for me, this is wondering into unintegrated Sherry soak territory and I wouldn’t take this over say a SB12.

  73. tribe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    OK rating number 667, the neighbor of the beast, .. I just had the 12 and drink this right afterwards. Just take a look.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smell sherry sweet and fine. That is something completely different from the 12 standard filling which is not bad either. There are still hazelnuts and roasted almonds and a hint of sulfur. Coffee & dark chocolate. Alcohol doesn't sting at all.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very fine. Sherry sweet Dark chocolate is at the front and mocha with hazelnut. A citrus fruit is hidden somewhere and the alcohol is not a problem here either. Great thing
    • Finish
      89 89
      Little wood otherwise ... Well .. chocolate sherry and nut with coffee. Great part

  74. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Right away, a bit of burnt rubber. Not off to a particular good start, but let's give it a fair, honest try. Sherried, of course, with cherries, bitter prunes, some chocolates. Quite strong and spirity.
    • Taste
      83 83
      I've said it before, and I'll say it again... for some reason, these modern Campbeltown distillate, which includes Springbank and Longrow, don't do particularly well with heavy sherry. The combo just don't work, and I stay away from buying full bottles of them. Ex-bourbon casks, however, are a different story.

      All over the place. Sulfur for sure. Burnt grass. Full of awkwardness. Not balanced. Funky, sweet, sherry. Not my cuppa tea. Adding water helps a bit.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Lengthy, but not the lengthy that I like.

  75. Islay1815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  76. Kawa_ZX6 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    every time I drink it straight, I get hiccups

    that's not what I like about him

  77. Pukman70 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A great whisky with a very beguiling and strong sherry note. Despite the relatively young age, the alcohol is already nicely integrated. Personally, I hardly noticed any smoke. Can of course also be due to the daily form. As before with every Kilkerran I had in a glass, I have not regretted buying here. But on the contrary . I am looking forward to future bottlings and I am excited to see how they develop with older age.

  78. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a young whisky that is not its age!
    a sherry whisky, minty, tenderly woody, with the meaty sauce that comes out of the plancha plate, a little caramelized, a little chocolatey, a treat for a "simple" 8 year old!
    to be continued!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  79. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The 8-year-old and strong 2019 bottling from Kilkerran was allowed to mature in Oloroso Sherry barrels and already captivates with a dark mahogany color. Those who got hold of a bottle at the issue price can count themselves lucky, because the prices have already doubled after 9 months. Well deserved, because with the bottling Kilkerran has made a big hit.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Despite the high content, the alcohol does not jump straight into your nose. There is a nice sherry note, raisins, dried plums, black currants, vanilla flowers, ripe figs, sandalwood. There is also a slight maritime note and fine spice can be noticed. A few drops of water intensify the fruit notes and it looks even softer overall.
    • Taste
      91 91
      A beautiful sherry note is wide, fruity in the mouth, with vanilla, cardamom, honey, cappuccino - a real explosion of flavors for such a young whisky. It ranges from whole milk chocolate to black cherries and fruit bread. A great aroma firework!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Rather long, with an oily sweetness on the palate, followed by fresh mint and warm spicy notes. It's hard to believe that such a young whisky can be so complex and mature. Great!

  80. dramspotter scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This is a bit Jekyll and Hyde; overall it works best without water or just a drop - the nose works pretty well and the finish does the job - it is just rather unsubtle in the palate but I think that is a decent payoff. Water improves the palate but you lose the rest. There have been several batches of the 8yo and I have had 2 if not 3 before this. The earliest tasting from 2018 I really didn't see the point but when it came around in 2019 it seemed a different matter - very soft and delicate and not all about the rubber. So I bought a bottle of that batch, but not this batch. However, for those who like this style, I think this bottling is good value for money and I think it is better than the Hazelburn Oloroso 14yo, but for me, this is not an essential purchase.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Petrol, then a pretty big Oloroso hit. I would not suspect these were recharred, though it reminds me of those Oloroso Hazelburns. It takes a while for the peat to come out from under that sherry. Some gunpowder as well and orange oil. With some water, it loses the petrol and becomes more like Phoenix cola with rubber
    • Taste
      79 79
      Neat this overdoes it with the sherry - it is not too tarry and tannic but it is a little brutal - some of the a'bunadh batches do that as well; with a bit of water this is more approachable - lacking a bit in oils or mouthfeel but becomes more orangey
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium+; you would think the palate would lead to a disastrous finish but it does pretty well, burnt toffee but it stays away from going bitter - a nice comeback. With water, and it starts to bring out the wood and not in a good way

  81. lovernanako scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    looks like someone’s using 3 different account to give this whisky a score of 1. must be some hater who couldn’t get their hands on any.

  82. WhiskyMonster scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    The poise and balance of this youthful and well-priced whisky is hard to beat
    • Nose
      80 80
      The smoky BBQ qualities remarked on in other tasting notes are certainly there, but so are icing sugar and lemon drops
    • Taste
      90 90
      Prickly at the fore but very balanced with it, however adding a few drops of water mutes this and enhances the bitter charred cask effect which quickly evolves into beautifully chewy meal, the BBQ returns.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Sadly all too brief, although expected in a relatively youthful spirit, there are nonetheless muted iodine-smoke echoes and the sweet glaze reappears.

  83. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wood and smoked bacon, fireplace, dried fruits: apricots, dates, figs, grapes. Rare cooked beef. Some red fruits, rather strawberry. Fat, thick and tasty sherry. Agen prunes. The typical farmer side of Kilkerran is hardly noticeable. Some cereals, however, puffed rice and barley. Meat juice. Very fleshy on the palate, still on dried fruits, but also juicy, rare, candied. The spices rise, but not too much. Fairly ripe red plum. One ounce of coarse salt. Slightly dry finish, wood and liquorice, heather earth, crunchy grapes, charcoal, pear, cherry.
    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/07/kilkerran-8-yo-cask-strength-batch-4.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  84. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  85. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    no malt for me; can't understand the hype, but the malt will have friends
    for me it is too bitter, too bitter, somehow too much
    plus the rotten eggs, if only slightly
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, a minimal smoke note, ham, dark berries become stronger, slightly mineral, moldy wood, a strange note that fits in well
      with water: sweeter, more oak and ham, light cheese
    • Taste
      full and strong on the palate with 57.1%
      Oak, neat ham, red and dark berries, the alcohol tingles a little
      later slightly rotten oak
      with water: leather, more berries, the ham gains intensity again
    • Finish
      long
      light oak, rotten oak, sulfur, old wood
      with water: oak

  86. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    balance (22)
    Good job, as at such a young age (88)
    • Nose
      The aroma is closed, strong tea, cherry, wood, minerality, light smoke ... and here it is pleasant, with notes of smoldering husk of sunflower seeds on the farm (22)
    • Taste
      Spicy, wood, leather, varnish, dried fruits and oranges (22)
    • Finish
      Spicy, lacquer, fruit and chocolate, mineral, nuts, wood and tobacco finish (22)

  87. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    great whisky, but I prefer the ex-bourbon 8 year old on most days, and the 12 year old over both. I don't find a single jot of sulphur.
    • Nose
      pretty spiky nosefeel, two teaspooner. then: marzipan, blood oranges, nutmeg, cinnamon, maple glazed gammon, and menthol.
    • Taste
      quite a lot of spices and charred notes up front and through the mid-palate with cinnamon, orange glazed gammon with cloves, soot, celery (yes), and stollen. becomes sweeter over time with cherry jam and dark chocolate joining. finish remains medium long and quite reasonably dry. Kilkerran? yeah, it's still there, a successful union.

  88. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Young, energetic, and at the same time very nice, smooth, bright and tasty. Sherry is palpable, but without overdose.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Aboriginal, smoke, farm, pine, juniper, sherry, sun-dried fruit, corn sticks, lime (whitewashed walls), apricot jam. protein cream with vanilla, a degree is felt (tickles the nose), salty brine notes, thick cherry juice, oak chips, chocolate, plums, raisins, skin.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Salty, chocolate, oak, meat, explosive (at the expense of durability), oily, smoked, sun-dried fruit, ash, peat, vanilla protein cream, sherry.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Warms, braised smoked, kumquat, long, dried fruit, oak, berry sour, spices, sherry, smoke, farm.

  89. CherryHeart scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Smell Nose: strong, full-bodied, fresh, strong, with a strong scorch and paste pot smell, Chinese herbal soup, wood chips, match head and bonfire.

    Taste Palate: a relatively monotonous and thin sugar water mixture, brown sugar, chocolate, plum soup, transition to coffee grounds, pepper, saltpeter, and pyrotechnic gas, which brings unexpected transparency, and finally comes out salty and sweet.

    After rhythm Finish: Longer, weaker boundary is obvious, slightly bitter, light and sour, coffee grounds, sea water, burnt smell of wood.

    Body: Moderately heavy on the body, with a good fat feel, strong but not irritating (regardless of the mouthpiece), monotonous but stable.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  90. penumbra scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The relationship between Genting and Kelan today makes people have to recall the grudges and grudges of Laproaig, Lagavulin and Malt Mill of the last century.
    • Nose
      Burnt walnuts, nail polish, raw wood, activated carbon powder, sulfur, and more irritating chemicals-wood adhesives and high-temperature denaturation products of proteins. Understand, Re-charred means the scene of the fire. Smoked dried beans, fennel, tobacco leaves, PX, young people, Shirley bucket really is not such a fun.
    • Taste
      The sour little Bupleurum, with a very slight jam at the beginning, then quickly turned into pepper, charcoal-grilled, and a deep, black metal with a metal texture. The slightly untamed young wine body with the gloomy oak dregs and PX does not make people feel contrasted, only endless disharmony.
      Strong, moderately low fat, not too sweet, sour, astringent, bitter.
    • Finish
      Long, afterimage of red fruit, black charred oak.

  91. Nash_013 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Wonderful molt! 8 years??? Yes, nothing like that, devotes a huge amount to much older brothers) Powerful, bright, juicy, real sherry monster.
    • Nose
      90 90
      sherry, dried fruits of all stripes, berries, fermented jam from these same berries (raspberries, strawberries, etc.), varnish, dusty bag, mineral notes, barrel.
    • Taste
      89 89
      prickly, powerful, sherry, a lot of sherry), dried fruits, again fermented berry jam, spices, light bitterness, in general - a continuation of the aroma.
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, nothing new here, everything is the same: sherry, dried fruits, spices, light bitterness, barrel.

  92. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/28/revisiting-kilkerran/

    Once again I thought I’d be the only person who wasn’t raving about this [much like the 11yo above]. Halfway down the bottle, things hadn’t changed. Then towards the heel, I got it!

    N: Sulphury sherry meets bacon Frazzles, bacon Wheat Crunchies, pub gammon > venison, and an array of BBQ/tomato sauces as well as a subtle plethora of saracha’s. It’s become much more meaty and leathery over the past few weeks though the rubberiness still resides. As well as plimsolls and burning tyres, I pick up rubbery/fire retardant chemical/silicon furniture shop vibes. Overall, smoky meaty rubbery > malt. Note the > malt, with a firm emphasis on the ‘more than/less than’.

    T: The palate follows suit. Let’s add to the descriptor list, a drop or two from a number of ‘Mexican’ sauce accompaniments, a 1/4 drop [or less] of Swarfega and a hint of English mustard=wasabi,…

    F: ,… leading to some rubbery/luscious-fruity coal > soot, action remaining a leathery=meaty > smoky > sherried-malt affair to the close.

    C: How does one judge this? Is it balanced? - not greatly. Is it cask heavy – yes. Is it sulphury – very. Is it representative of Kilkerran in general? No. Is it a singular and fascinating whisky? Yes. Is it mind-blowing? You decide. Glengyle has certainly hit a sweet spot here but I didn’t initially take to it at all. If you are sulphur-sensitive, you may struggle.

  93. CherryHeart scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Viewing Eyes: Bronze

    Smell Nose: strong, full-bodied, fresh, strong, with a strong scorch and paste pot smell, Chinese herbal soup, wood chips, match head and bonfire.

    Taste Palate: a relatively monotonous and thin sugar water mixture, brown sugar, chocolate, plum soup, transition to coffee grounds, pepper, saltpeter and pyrotechnic gas, which brings unexpected transparency, and finally comes out salty and sweet.

    After rhythm Finish: Longer, weaker boundary is obvious, slightly bitter, light and sour, coffee grounds, sea water, burnt smell of wood.

    Body: Moderately heavy on the body, with a good fat feel, strong but not irritating (regardless of mouthpiece), monotonous but stable flavor.

  94. praisethepasta scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A complete flavor bomb this one. It’s not what you’d call subtle, in fact it’s miles away from the almost understated way the standard 12 yo sibling presents itself This is a loud and impressive powerhouse of a whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sultana’s, figs, grassy notes, plums, an earthy/soft peaty note, rich and full, oily, brown sugar
      Water: more lively, the fruit really jumps out now, along with the KK signature of grass and hay.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A rich and full texture, actually a complete explosion of dried fruits, wood, earthy peat. After adding water you get even more (red) fruit (but not so much dried fruit as fresh and clean fruity notes), but at the same time a lot more of the wood and the peat shine through.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, sticky and clingy and oily before ending on a dry wood note. Water: less dry at the end, a bit shorter and nippy.

  95. greg_0277 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good peaty (light) sherry that lacks a bit of concentration but serves as excellent value for money.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Slightly meaty, peat at first and then develops on dried fruits, cocoa
    • Taste
      87 87
      The mouth is an extension of the nose on dried fruits and cocoa then comes a small smoky puff. barbecue. He betrays his youth in a certain lack of complexity and the superimposition of each aroma. I find him a slightly watery side, lack of concentration, especially the flavors typical of sherry cask.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium, mainly on smoke.

  96. Yarema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose - 21
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 86

  97. g00se scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    That's just great. That's how I like sherry barrel whisky
    • Nose
      91 91
      dark fruity, berry, juice dates, spicy, woody, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      90 90
      crispy, sherry, mouth filling, spicy
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium length, spicy, tobacco and leather, dark berries

  98. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  99. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  100. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Leather, sherry, horse saddle, light fruit
    Taste: A lot of sherry. The alcohol is well hidden. in the background quite strongly noticeable chocolate, raisins. Fairly strong aroma
    Rating: 88 | 100 A fairly long finish with a sherry flavor. I tasted this bottle blindly. So at first I didn't know what to drink. After disclosing the bottle, I was pleasantly surprised that such a young whisky may taste like this.

  101. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  102. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  103. davidloosli scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Broth, meat Sauce, honey glaze, sweet berries, very sweet smoke, light campbeltownfunk, preserved cherries, with water: fresher, menthol, a bit of lemon
    • Taste
      Mouthfilling sweetness, habanero, raspberry, chalky, plums, black forrest cake, dark chocolate frosting, with water: peppery, cassis candy, Wood berries, apricot
    • Finish
      A big hit of smoke, cold campfire, bitter wood, a dash of Maggi, very dark chocolate, coffee dregs, with water: ginger, orange

  104. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a example of good wood management and eye for taste. The prices now are rather steep. Don't sponsor the flippers!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Thick sherry nose, a sulphur note is here. Besides all the sherry influences there is some meaty note. BBQ sauce.
      With some time a hint of coal smoke shows up.
      With water: not much of a change although the sulphur note disappears.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Robust, powerfull, very sherry. Hint of sulphur.
      With water: Quite tasty, yet some metallic notes. A true burst of sherry notes and a very nice balance between sweetness and woodyness.
      The sulphur note fades away a little.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long length. The peat shows up at the back, there are some sulphur notes and hint of sawdust. A tad bitter in the end.
      With water: not much of a change a little less fatty.

  105. RobbievdB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I don’t get it what makes people go crazy about this Kilkerran. Young and fierce in my opinion can be read as ‘under matured’ and ‘bad alcohol integration’. This Kilkerran is a more dirty version of a modern day GlenSherry. It’s quite sulfurous which reveals a bad cask was used as I don’t recognize that in other Kilkerrans. Furthermore this whisky is high on burned caramel, currants, musty peat, salty aromas and quite some pepper. Not my taste of whisky.

  106. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very high quality. dram as expected from Glengyle distillery. Incredible value for those who get it for retail. A real sherry bomb but with plenty of character to it. Value (£50) : 9/10
    • Nose
      Immediate sherry bomb. Full of dark, deep dried fruits, morello cherries, dried plums and sultanas. Roasted hazelnuts and some peanuts. Dark chocolate and dried tobacco leaves. The Oloroso definitely had it's way with this one. Some baking spices as well, cinnamon mainly but also some cloves. Molasses. A savoury, meaty note shows up, roasted mushrooms intwined with a touch of peat. This makes me think more smoky honey glazed bacon. A touch of chilli heat at the end.
    • Taste
      Sweet initially, with brown sugar and burnt caramel. Then some sour cherries, orange peels and sultanas show up on the palate. Mouth coating and oily texture. A touch of salinity and then earthy peat shows up giving it more of that barbecue note. Quite mineral. A bag of roasted peanuts. Some black pepper spice and cinnamon sugar.
    • Finish
      Medium in length and drying. More oak spices and herbal notes appear here with a touch of aniseed along with cinnamon and thyme. Tannins carry the and the bitterness of dark chocolate and tobacco leaves.

  107. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Blackberry, cherry, caramel, peat and raspberry. With water: Pineapple.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Blackberry, peat and wood. More creamy when adding water.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Blackberry, caramel, mocha and peat,

  108. fdlarry scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Perfect whisky for its age. verry tasting, sweet and oily . I love it.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  109. Joint86 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    One of the best smoke and sherry combinations I've tried.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Prunes, Cocoa, Caramel, Soft Smoke
    • Taste
      90 90
      Thick, oily. Sherry sweet, spices oak barrel, smoked meats
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, oak.

  110. Matze1909 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  111. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    That was actually a big hit for the price called, I unfortunately let it pass me by.
    • Nose
      rather fresh and tangy sherry influence on the nose, slightly sour, plums, a slight sweetness lies above it, somehow dirty, caramel, a hint of liquorice, tobacco, very light smoke, intense, but not alcoholic, a little bit dark chocolate, it can be done a little bit Young people can still guess, but it does not abort, slightly floral and always tobacco, even almonds
    • Taste
      creamy, full-bodied, syrupy, plums, liquorice, also sour here, tart chocolate, dark chocolate, a little espresso, an image of the nose, very tasty, does not need water, just reminds me of a Recharred Sherry Springer
    • Finish
      sweetish, now it goes towards the raisin, now rather lovely, smooth, pleasant, salt, slightly tart, long lasting

  112. grinface scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    In a nutshell: Marvelous. I understand why it was so hyped. This is big. For the original issue price, it was virtually free. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/02/11/ein-kilkerran-doppel-zweiter-satz/

  113. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  114. Sandman23 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  115. ldcsh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    About $ 150 in Korea
    Oloroso, nuts, chocolate, weak feet
    It feels like drinking a light spring bank
    If you put the Spring Bank label, the price will be more than doubled.

  116. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  117. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A good and young sherrybomb that hits hard and without distractions. For those who like it, this is good stuff at this age.
    However I liked the previous Kilkerran 8 CS, the 12yr and the heavily peated more because you could still enjoy the spirtit/ distillate, which is great.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Beef jerky, sweet spareribs from the BBQ, leather couch and sigar boxes. The dark color makes sure you wont forget this is a sherried whisky with dark chocolate and cherries. Blueberry muffins, earthy scent
    • Taste
      85 85
      This hits hard but not with the pepper, more because of the fleeing alcohol. After that sour fruit like lemons and grapes. Hot chocolate lava cake with all that dripping and then it fades quickly
    • Finish
      82 82
      A little bit of menthol, fresh berries and lime juice.

  118. Simo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  119. Stef89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

  120. face scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me of the Dalmore King Alexander III, but with much more depth and character, which is partly due to the cask strength.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  121. Max70 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during a "vertical" event on Kilkerran ....
    The others were
    Kilkerran 12
    Kilkerran WIP 7th Release Bourbon Wood
    Kilkerran 8 Batch 3 - 55.7abv
    A fantastic set of drams, where this has been my preferred, a wonderful sherry monster extremely balanced and round.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  122. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Strange whisky this Kilkerran. Out of the blue there was the hype. Is it really that good? I bought myself a full bottle and I took a 100ml part in a bottleshare.

    First time I tasted it, I was really disappointed. But a 89+ score out of 350+ votes cannot make it a bad whisky. Can it?
    • Nose
      88 88
      This Kilkerran needs time, air and water. Not much happens here when pored. It is completely closed. More then a few drops of water open up things. Dirty, earthy, smokey sherry flavors come from the glass. It gets better by the minute. If you are in a hurry, please leave it in the bottle.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong fruity and intense sherry spices (pepper) enter the mouth. It is like a full blown attack.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long to long. Bit sharp and dry on the finish. Pepper spices till the very end.

      I wonder what this whisky would have done at 12-15y or even 18y. Maybe it would have been an instant classic. Maybe a bit milder and more complex? We will never know.

  123. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  124. Heutje scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Unbelieveble for an 8 year old whisky. Kilkerran I love it

  125. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  126. maurisso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Grenades!!!

  127. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  128. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  129. happyNess scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Sherry and cold wood smoke. A light herbal and bacon note, overall full and strong.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherry, dark fruits, black chocolate and some ginger. Herbal sweet, the smoke is almost gone.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length and spicy. Dark chocolate, coffee, some tobacco and oak.

  130. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    For me the kilkerran malt has the most to offer in a youngh age. This is an amazing whisky, normaly i like kilkerran on bourbon casks but this a winner off a dram, the best off both worlds!
    ps. I taste this in a vertical tasting after the fino 15y single cask for the Netherlands.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wow on the first nose after the fino smile on my face what a difference! This is how you do it!
      After a break...
      Sherry, but fresh, salt and soy sauce, savoury, dark fruits, berry's, wet sherry (it's not dry)
    • Taste
      93 93
      Rich dark fruits, meat, peat, nuts, umami, on the berry not the raisins. Blackberry, tobacco, Christmas cake, cloves. It's also still mineral. Full bodied, you would not say this is 8-year-old whisky, so well-integrated. Kilkerran and sherry can go very well for me!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Meat, dark chocolate, sweet marinade, nutty, menthol mineral. With water also leather and old furniture.

  131. LukeFive scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    High caliber stuff. This is high quality ,very well made and delicious.
    I have found out that I like it the most when water is added to remove the spiciness from the palate. Outstanding for 8yo whisky
    • Nose
      89 89
      Beautiful clean and full nose. CLean sherry casks, spices and a bit of the campbelltown character/peat smoke in the mix, Dark smoked meat, dark artisan chocolate, coffee beans, diesel, old tools covered in lubricants, antiseptic bandages... Full , rich, deep, clean nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Clean, full luscious arrival, perfect sweetness with the sherry, Fruits, spices, perfect amount of peatsmoke and umami like note which I personally adore at the second part of the development ( I only got that when the whisky is diluted ). Smoked bacon with rich BBQ sauce, Smoked meats,ripe redcurrants, gooseberrys, Campbelltown stuff, diesel, hydraulic oil..Its just perfect whisky at this age for me. So full, lush and satisfying.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long entertaining finish, waves of fruits, Artisan smoked sausages/hams, smoked berries, spices, espresso coffee, dark chocolate and peatsmoke the end.

  132. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very good young Oloroso stored malt in barrel strength at an issue price of just under 50 euros. For the prices that are now called for (75 euros and more), there are better ones.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  133. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  134. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Young and Bold (87)
    • Nose
      First, sharp, wine ... leather, raisins, nuts. Black chocolate, vyshnaya, strong rosehip tea and oatmeal cookies. After standing there appeared a chic halva???? (22)
    • Taste
      Spicy, spicy, explosive (22)
    • Finish
      The finish is dry, woody ... a lot of skin and dry nuts, varnish, wine stone and grass ... (22)

  135. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Price / value champion, beats the bourbon line. 88/89.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Green apple, sherry, citruses, forest fruits, earth and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful. Dry sherry, matured spicy oak, caramel, cocoa, sour cherry compote, honey and citruses.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, spicy, fruity.

  136. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A good sherry malt with a bit of smoke. Reminds me a little of Hazelburn bottlings such as B. the WID: 127171 or at a few Bruichladdich / Port Charlotte UAs with a lot of sherry influence.

    So he is not just a young sherry cracker, but also offers more thanks to the distillery character.

    So dirty notes, as you know them from Springbank. Even cheesy, herbal notes that I associate with Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte. The smoke is of course more subtle than that of a Port Charlotte.

  137. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Let stand for 15 minutes.
    Aroma: plum, fruit, dried dates and prunes, pastries with raisins, charcoal meat, cream, meringue (meringue) 23
    Taste: strong and powerful, sun-dried plums, leather, wood, seasoned Erinmore pipe tobacco, alcoholized chocolate-covered cherry, a drop of furniture polish ... 22
    Finish: long and burning ... Compote and dried fruit with lots of sugar, 21 caramelized sugar ...
    I want to get a pipe and smoke ...
    Balance: 21
    87
    Given the price / quality ratio, one of the best young sherry.

  138. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  139. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another great release from Kilkerran
    Another example of great value for money
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  140. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A little further down the bottle and I have to admit this is not my cup of tea. No I do not spit in it and no it is not a bad whisky. But I do think this is a classic example of a modern day whisky that perfectly serves the demand of the ‘modern day whisky drinker’. It’s very young (since it’s hard to wait for 18+ years in this days market), it’s bottled at cask strength (to let it have a decent body, despite of it’s age), it has got a very dark color (which still seems to be an common, and false, indicator of good quality) and it has a very outspoken taste (which is not hard to form an opinion about).
    For me it lacks finesse and subtleties. I miss the depth and integration of flavors that is being created by many more years in the cask. This is a rather rushed maturation. I tend to classify this as a typical ‘Glensherry’. It seems to be populair these days but I tend to like whisky better when many more years got the chance to work it’s part.

  141. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  142. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  143. waal scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    First impression:
    Simple presentation, rich dark color, wonderful scent from the bottle. I guess "bad" [cool]

    Nose:
    Vanilla, hashish, very dark and full for eight years. What's going on here!? Chocolate pudding. Gentle cigar smoke from three or four tables next door. The smoke from the malt can only be discerned discreetly. I expected a lot more (is now neither positive nor negative). Nose is stunning and the high alcohol content is basically unimaginable. Very exciting story. Juicy, sweet forest berries and grapes are broad and fresh in my memory. Rum chocolates make the overall picture perfect. Oh! I like that nose * grin *

    Taste:
    Heaven, ass and twine! It's great stuff! Not just because he's so young, but because he really convinces. Fruity, sweet and slightly creamy. An interplay of all kinds of berries, chocolate and a few pleasant spices. I would not speak of outstanding complexity, but of simple wonderful taste. Really great!

    Retirement / Nachschmecken:
    Very pleasant and sweet in the long finish. Vlt. getting a little watery. At the same time minimally bitter and with a hint of dryness. Here I feel the lightest smoke most. I feel the malt in the mouth, although it has long slipped down the throat.

    Conclusion / points:
    A sweet, damn fruity, extremely pleasing, minimally smoky single malt to enjoy. The bottle doesn't grow old ...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  144. Demasy scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Good value in my opinion..
    price is definately on point for quality given.
    Big plus for me is that the distillate beneath the cask influence is still very much present and holding it's own, resulting in a nice balance between a clean sherry and that Kilkerran spirit.

    edit: tasted it before buying at the Tasttoe shop

  145. Japanese_Love scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I do not really understand the hype about this bottle..

  146. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For "only" 8 years incredibly good and intense!
    Price less than 60.00 € = great!
    [Color]: dark amber
    SHORT TASTING
    • Nose
      Blackberries, figs, dates, ripe grapes, lots of sherry, sweetness, spices;
    • Taste
      with water: warming, oily, intense, sherry, cherries, sweetness, very light smoke aromas (?), spices, coffee, cocoa, spicy oak;
    • Finish
      medium length, woody, spicy;

  147. Maltlife scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    An absolute value for money! I was able to get the bottles in my collection for under € 60.
    My first association was "Dessert in a good restaurant with a fine cigar". The malt lies beautifully impregnated with sherry in the Glencairn glass. After just a few minutes (poured out of the freshly opened bottle) it unfolds the greatest aromas. Fruit and fine cigar tobacco stand out immediately.
    Replacement? Yes! As soon as I could get hold of a bottle for a reasonably humane price, I would go straight for it. In the end, the PLV can be clearly emphasized again, Bravo! I can hardly get enough of it, this whisky is 100% my taste. In a very short moment a once-tasted and very tasty longrow came to my mind, even Michel Couvreur for a short time.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediately sherry / fruit and fine tobacco notes. Some black pepper. Some cedar wood. This malt reminds me of the drawer of my humidor for the Cuban, rolled works of art. Slight hints of wood. Also some dark chocolate. After a while a seductive sweetness (caramel / brown sugar). Hence the dessert association. I can lose myself in this aroma for a long time.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The first sip hits immediately and that's a good thing. I feared that after smelling it (or maybe even hoped?). Strong tobacco notes, wow! Fruit, dark fruit and fine sherry aromas. Then some wood, wonderfully balanced hints of oak. Something peppery that immediately conquered the oral cavity. Slight sweetness. All flavors are wonderfully balanced and delight the palate hand in hand. When you try further, you will see a great, light sweetness, which lingers briefly and then gives way to the peppery aromas. Great!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Strong and long - very interesting. The pepper can be felt again, aromas of oak, slightly astringent.

  148. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  149. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  150. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  151. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  152. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
      IT: 90
      B: 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  153. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  154. IIIZIII scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.

  155. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Blind I would certainly have estimated much older. I would be interested to know how many shares of older barrels were used here.
    Surprisingly complex in taste for this age, which again points to older barrels. Here, however, the alcohol is clearly noticeable.
    Long, pleasant finish

    Drinkable without water. But with water it becomes more harmonious and better for me.
    • Nose
      90 90
      strong, sherry, light campfire smoke, malt, vanilla, smoked ham, some leather, light sulfur notes, coffee powder, raisins, dusty, old wood, cinnamon. Occasionally overripe bananas are flashing. Very interesting.
    • Taste
      87 87
      strong, light sweetness, smoke, ash, dry wood, pickled, sugared plums, spicy, raw ham, honey, alcoholic pungency
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, coffee powder, ashes, licorice

  156. Cerebral3624 scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    As good an 8 year old as you could wish to buy!

  157. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great! Bottleflippers already gone mad on this botteling. Lets destroy our own beloved market with ridiculous prices, good idea!

    Well, that being said..back to the whisky. I have high expectations when taking a look at the average and total votes. Let’s have a look!
    • Nose
      Meaty, bbq sauce, fresh tobacco, earthy, and a little sulphur note to it as well. I would almost suspect wormtubs in the proces but Kilkerran doesn’t use them. What they do have is very short stills with very short line-arms. That could be the explanation. Even without water it develops quite a bit in a short time period and gets even better after 10 minutes or so. Sweet and savory. With water it gets more rounded and balanced. More fresh fruit flavors are released as well as herbs.
    • Taste
      Buttery, creamy and soft on arrival. After that a burst of red fruit sherry influence, after that a peppery spice bomb before coming to a warm, full bodied experience. Without water it’s quite a rollercoaster, with water it gets more accessible.
    • Finish
      Long. The initial finish is good! It starts smooth and silky. Hints of sherry-soaked oak, peat, ginger and again a meaty character reveal. At the very end there is coffee and also a hint of sulphur. Finish doesn’t change a lot with water.

  158. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  159. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    good, yummy, pleasing little sulfur. A little bit of disappointment, which comes as expected therefore. On the other hand: PLV fits (issue price) and a great whisky with great flavors for the young age.
    • Nose
      A little as expected, heavy sherry, more leathery, dark, a few dried fruit, slightly sour fresh oak. Fortunately, no sulfur, or just trace elements. In the background, the powerful Kilkerran distillate works a bit on the barrel, but a little bit of vanilla, trace elements peat and a hint of orange peel you still get. With water it gets lighter, more kilograms, less sherry keg and I like it really well.
    • Taste
      Very hot. With a little water, the mouth does not lose strength, oak and sherry dominate, a little freshness from the distillate.
    • Finish
      Peppery, sweet, a lot of sherry, a touch of sulfur, over time oak, some peat, a little fresher with time. Before you end up with peaty notes and sherry. Maybe a bit harsh towards the end.

  160. 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.

  161. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  162. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  163. 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.

  164. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  165. Bam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is really class. On the palate then for me right disappointing. If the great Kilkerran character in the nose is still nice to see, it is completely covered on the palate by the sherry.
    • Nose
      Strong sherry aromas, raisins, black cherries, dates. Behind it comes the Kilkerran character but still beautiful, citrus, sawdust and a salty sea breeze. Forest honey and malt sweets. A few toasted aromas, I can not say if that's a bit of smoke, or the barrels.
    • Taste
      Medium onset, oily / dry mouthfeel. Again, the dates and raisins. Oranges. Caramel, a little vanilla.
    • Finish
      Short finish. Red fruits, oranges, some nougat. White coffee.

  166. 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

  167. Chesterfield scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I first diluted the whisky to about 50% alcohol by volume.
    • Nose
      95 95
      The light smoke gives this whisky a particularly complex nose. The typical Oloroso flavors are thereby ingeniously changed, which gives this drop a unique selling point. The distinct fruitiness is for me a mixture of cherries, strawberries and blackberries mixed with sweet yet raw cookie dough. I can also make out fine, spicy tobacco and oak flavors. Everything well balanced, no junk notes. A really outstanding nose for an 8-year-old whisky, which could be estimated in the blind tasting easily to double the age. Undiluted I have an intense sour cherry aroma in the nose.
    • Taste
      93 93
      On the palate, it is initially fruity sweet, then it gets tart and the typical soft chocolate and espresso notes come to light in conjunction with a fine oak. In the taste I find the whisky undiluted better, because the sweetness and fruitiness come to full advantage. Since I find the whisky to 50 vol.% Diluted slightly watery and he can not keep up with the full nose.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish is medium in my opinion. The fruitiness, the sweetness and the tart notes initially go back evenly. Virtually no bitterness at the end. A pleasant mouthfeel remains. I think this whisky in the taste and finish undiluted best. Diluted, more aromas appear in the nose. Surely the best, under 10 year old whisky, which I had so far in the glass. Congratulations to Glengyle for this "so young" masterpiece!

  168. 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.

  169. odyssey0815 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Gorgeous dark color.
    • Nose
      Dark fruits, very light smoke.
    • Taste
      Again fruit and chocolate. Totally intense.
    • Finish
      Long finish, intense, coffee and smoke.

  170. odyssey0815 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Gorgeous dark color.
    • Nose
      Dark fruits, very light smoke.
    • Taste
      Again fruit and chocolate. Totally intense.
    • Finish
      Long finish, intense, coffee and smoke.

  171. 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.

  172. 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.

  173. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  174. 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.

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