St. Kilian 2016

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Signature Edition - Three
Calculated age
03 years old
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
50 ml 500 ml
de Germany
Added on
13 nov 2019 12:34 pm by Noface83

Average value

€ 59.50

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83 × member ratings

530 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for St. Kilian 2016

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.83 points

  1. BrunsWhisky scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Hard in order.

    Typically Peated Ex-ASB we have minimal sour, but otherwise beautiful peat smoke, plus good vanilla, pleasant "sweetness", some coconut, minimal caramel and that's it. Stop, in the background, very far back, in the next house quasi a little mango and banana. But that can also be the cake of the afternoon ...

    For me, St. Kilian is at least one of the three that floats on top of the soup called "German Whisky", next to Glen Els (yes, ElsBurn) and one, two smaller ones like the Wismar and Moose.

    This is solid material from the American Standard Barrel unfortunately (but typical) rather one-dimensional.

    Price, solala, even if now certainly the fanboys come and say: Yes, 43 Euronen for a bottle is cheap, almost nothing in comparison.

    However, it is because the bottling itself (especially for old age) is "only" solid to good, but in that it is completely exhausted. There's nothing to say where I say WOW, it's worth it now.

    The Three ranks somewhere between Laphi Select (which is laxer), Laphi Quarter (the old 48s), Bowmore No 1 or 12y.o ..

    Do not get me wrong, that's great for a "German Whisky", only slowly but surely this is no longer an exoticism and then friends, then you reduce the whisky to what it is: unspectacular and comparatively cost-intensive, because the above patients you get for a maximum of 30 euros per liter and not only for 86 euros per liter.

    This may be the current royal route for German whisky and I certainly do not want to say that the guys are doing something wrong, because St. Kilian does a lot of things really right, where others fail crashing.

    But the Kaiserweg go the Harzer, whose Peated is directly really expensive with over 150 euros per liter, but the stuff has character. I do not want to decline that here.

    Who nevertheless attacks the St. Kilian (apart from the extra charge) definitely does not do anything wrong, at least not with the Three.

    I am happy that you are there :)

  2. Don Cassi scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts out very light, citrus-fruity with sweet pears and vanilla with a light dusty malt note in the background. The young character is clearly recognizable but not badly done.

    A similar picture in the mouth: relatively unspectacular but well made. In the finish, the smoke finally fights its way forward and underlines slightly ashy subtle wood notes. Overall, however, it remains relatively bright.
    Length: 4/10

    Quite an interchangeable malt, which looks relatively boring, but transports the few flavors well and combines them in a rather drinkable manner.

    Grade: 2-

  3. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Playing with a few drops of water is definitely worth it.
    The flavors come out much stronger and the whisky becomes much softer.
    • Nose
      Smoke, vanilla, pear, spices (sage)
    • Taste
      Smoke with notes of citrus, herbs, vanilla, caramel, oak
    • Finish
      Medium long and spicy with smoke

  4. JBKwb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  5. babewatsch scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  6. Saltmark scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Maltimizer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity, sweet peat smoke, sweet malt - caramel, subtle floral notes and citrus fruits
    • Taste
      82 82
      First peat smoke, pleasant fruitiness, citrus fruits, a little oak spice
    • Finish
      80 80
      Mild, persistent peat smoke, otherwise quickly gone

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. 2ndSip scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The 3 Series surprises with (tropical) fruits on the nose, which is promising. It has a slight drop in taste, but is still good to drink. For me personally, it gets better and more pleasant with a few drops of water. It's worth experimenting with water here.
    Otherwise a successful whisky, which is particularly convincing in the nose.
    • Nose
      87 87
      minimal smoke first, followed by something fruity. The smoke evaporates quickly, but remains subtly in the background. The fruity goes towards light stone fruit (apricots, plums) and green, slightly sour apple. There are also tropical fruits such as bananas and pineapple. The longer he can breathe, the sweeter the fruity becomes. The bananas then go in the direction of overripe bananas, which is meant positively. A little vanilla is added. The 50 vol% are well integrated and rarely sting the nose. Something floral and minty is still far in the background, which turns into a certain flavor (anise) in the course. In general, there is always a green, sour note that is well integrated. The aromas of summery freshness and tropical fruits can whet your mood.
      With a few drops of water: it becomes even more fruity and the vanilla aroma appears more clearly.
    • Taste
      81 81
      first very gently, then push the 50 vol% properly, which leads to a creamy-oily texture in the mouth. The fruits are present, but not quite as clearly distinguishable as in the nose.
      With a few drops of water: significantly more fruity, even with a little water it is not so bitter out the back. So I personally like him better.
    • Finish
      78 78
      The finish is retained for a long time with a certain spice and a slightly bitter aftertaste (like a bitter walnut skin).
      With a few drops of water: an oak wort is preserved for a long time, and a black pepper breeze is added. This slight sharpness did not appear without water. Very late I still have the feeling of smoke / ash - but is somehow difficult to grasp.
      Also interesting: the smoke or a cold, wet ash can be seen best in the empty glass. The longer you smell it, the more it swings into burned-in plastic.

  10. praisethepasta did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It’s nice enough, but here the young age implies a rather obvious presence of peat, which somewhat prevents some of other flavours to shine through
    • Nose
      sweet, peat (reminding me a bit of Lagavulin, perhaps), floral and fruity. After 20 or so minutes, the peat becomes less prominent.
    • Taste
      On the palate, the peat does much of the talking, but there is also a very pleasant fruity sweetness present with hints of melon.
    • Finish
      medium and rather sweet, the peat is there, but contrary to the palate, it’s more ‘polite’.

  11. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Dark chocolate jelly bananas with Gorgonzola.
    Crazy mix, but very tasty!

  12. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Echnaton scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  14. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The third single malt bottling from the St. Kilian Distillers matured for at least three years to a very large extent in selected Tennessie Whisky barrels and a small percentage in Texan quarter casks. The phenol content of 38 ppm of the malt used is noticeable in the bottling with a smooth and lingering peat smoke note, which underlines the wonderfully creamy sweetness as well as fruity flavours. The Bourbon barrels contribute a great deal of tropical fruit notes and peppery spice, with the 6% quarter cask content being mainly noticeable in the caramel sweetness and spicy oak notes. All in all a successful bottling of this still young German distillery.


    I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample.
    • Nose
      A sweet and fruity start on the nose with vanilla and clear fruit aromas. Citrus, pears and tropical fruits of apricot and pineapple are very noticeable. The whole is accompanied by a perceptible but nevertheless subtle smoke and peat note, with hints of anise and cold ash in the background.
    • Taste
      On the palate a similar picture with a lot of sweetness of vanilla and caramel at first, accompanied by creamy tropical fruit notes. Then it gets very warm and spicy in the mouth with a strong pinch of black pepper, anise and some oak spice, wrapped in warm peat smoke.
    • Finish
      The finish is warming and shows a medium length with subtle, creamy fruity notes, followed by some smoke and a touch of bitter green, unripe walnuts.

      With water: The addition of a few drops of water makes the "Three" slightly fresher and more prickling on the nose with a little more spice, while the sweet and fruity notes as well as peat smoke are slightly pushed into the background. On the palate the reduction of the alcohol content is clearly noticeable by less warmth and spiciness. The creamy vanilla and caramel sweetness comes to the fore with the tropical fruit aromas, while the peat smoke remains discreetly in the background. The finish remains medium long, mouth warming with a creamy sweetness and discreet oak spice.


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