Kilkerran 15-year-old

Overall rating
85.96/100
votes
27
Whiskybase ID
WB143746
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Oloroso Wood
Vintage
05.2004
Bottled
10.2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Wood
Number of bottles
280
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
15th Anniversary
Barcode
610854004095
Bottled for
Pacific Edge, California
Market
United States United States
Added on
29 nov 2019 11:44 am by lrb85
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1395.00

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran 15-year-old

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.96 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Here I am at the 11th Kilkerran 15yo of the international series.
    We end with Oloroso.
    The great strength of these traffic jams for me is the rise in power of the peat from the nose to the finish.
    Here, it is superbly done. We only regret the abundance of caramel and spices on the palate.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A good nose of simple but effective sherry.
      Leather, shoe polish cream, dried fruits (nuts, almonds, dates, figs, prunes).
      A big dose of wood, a little too pronounced.
      Black pepper, spices. The keg gave a lot.
      Light gray, barbecue. Rather similar to the profile of some young Mortlach.
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth, it is very well integrated.
      The fruits are fresher, but covered with a layer of salted caramel.
      Always a lot of wood, spices. Bitter chocolate.
      Black pepper is invasive.
      We have a light peat and cold ash. Always this barbecue side.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish on leather, chocolate, cocoa powder, filter coffee, pepper and wood.
      Light oily peat and barbecue, again and again.

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  3. the_muskox scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite a fantastic single cask, very much to my taste. The nose is so fantastic that the rest of the dram can't help but be a tiny bit of a letdown.
    • Nose
      Rich. Sort of a two-toned fruit note: there’s loads of sherry richness and flavours like dried cherries and raisin bread, but also a brighter, more tropical set of notes – guava jelly, squishy bananas, Mexican sweet hibiscus tea, and mixed Jolly Ranchers (mostly pink ones) Savoury spice – smoked paprika and oregano. Roasted hazelnuts, pistachios, and cedar planks. Strong malty notes emerged as it rested – barley sugar, buttered French bread, and some soy sauce (a bit briny too).
      A couple drops of water added some leather and an interesting edamame note.
    • Taste
      Medium-thick texture, very little heat. Lots of sweet dark cola and preserved cherries on the arrival, along with brown sugar, toffee, and milk chocolate. It develops to soft earthy smoke and a fantastic brown-sugar-roasted butternut squash note. Earthy headed into the finish, with some leather and a bit of crystallized pineapple.
      The water brings more pineapple and some peach.
    • Finish
      Medium-length. Dried raspberries, milk chocolate, pineapple fried in brown sugar and rum, and flat cola.

  4. smoked_herring scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Tried from a friend's bottle that he bought in California.

    Colour: Amber

    Nose: Bold, rich worn leather, cooking spice and dried figs followed by dried ginger, faint sulphur, mustardseed, coal smoke, orange rind and light minerality

    Palate: Rich, oily and spicy with strong cinnamon, clove, chocolate, plum sauce, strong tea tannins, vanilla cream and dried hazelnuts

    Finish: Medium to Long with potent clove spice, peppercorns, pears and roasted coffee beans

    A fantastic Kilkerran as usual! However, the dryness isn't really my preferred style and I think I may actually prefer the younger Kilkerran spirit from my last few experiences with this distillery.

    For MSRP this is absolutely worth it, but at secondary pricing hitting over $450 I'd say take a pass and grab a Heavily Peated WIP or the 8 Year CS instead...or heck even the 12 year!

  5. SFWC scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Sherrybomb. Yawn.

  6. man2392 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: cassia bark, frankincense and oud, Grapetiser and Vimto, red liquorice, bresaola and Marshmallow Fluff
    Palate: soft brown sugar and speculoos
    Finish: orange oil and baking spices

    Tasted as part of Kilkerran 15yo Single Cask Tasting with David Allen, Grant Macpherson and Nicole Lindsay, Campbeltown Malts Festival online tasting week.

  7. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry, quite simple, the sample may have been stale because it was open for a few months.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Quite dry, wood and caramel.
      Alcohol is sweet.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Astringent and woody, not very pleasant.

  8. Tastingbros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Full review here :
    https://tastingbros.com/2020/10/28/15yo-kilkerrans-for-everyone-part-1/

  9. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good nose, tasty and rich palate. Maybe a tad too rich though.
    • Nose
      Leather, dried fruits (raisins, prunes, figs), coffee, tobacco, burnt wood. After aeration, liquorice, light medicinal and resinous notes.
    • Taste
      Thick, almost syrupy but not cloying like the fino casks. Blackberries, blackcurrants. Burnt wood again. Dark chocolate, coffee, pepper.
      With water, dried fruits and more spices on the palate. Liquorice.
    • Finish
      Long, dark chocolate, coffee, pepper.

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