Kilkerran 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Bourbon Wood
Stated Age
15 years old
Bourbon Wood
53.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Gold Medal Marketing, Canada
Added on
26 Feb 2020 2:50 pm by LarsW
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 15-year-old

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. WhiskyFan2112 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Split cask between Austria, South Korea, and Canada.

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This (Canadian) single cask bourbon wood is among my favorite whiskies of 2020 for sure. Here are my tasting notes:

    Scent: the pit of a nectarine, beeswax note that reminds me of the old Clynelishes, orange pekoe tea, hint of peat and the ensuing smoke that goes with it, medjool date, lingonberry, and the cement floor of a mechanic's shop, complete with a few unidentified puddles of some sort of black, tarry lifeblood that came out of a 1930's truck engine.

    Palate: there are those coastal notes, along with brine and a hint of Campbeltown kelp. There's also buttery croissant, forest loam from an oak forest in autumn, Chinese pepper, and some granola. In addition, I'm getting a fruit compote thing going on that reminds me of a desert that my fiance's Slovenian mother used to make. Also, rain-kissed sea shells, tarpaulin, and homemade Scottish toffee with chopped almonds and kosher salt. The complexity is really quite amazing for a 15 year old, and gives Springbank a run for its money.

    Finish: long it is, beckoning with a breath of the sea, a lick of Crosshill Loch, and some really nice spice that mingles with black tea and the general (medicinal) atmosphere of a 19th century apothecary, or, a modern day warlock's study.

    Hey, here's an idea:

    It's high time for Kilkerran to up its cask strength offering from 8 year to 10 year. The extra two years would really help to distinguish it and I suspect the distillery has enough barrels now to do it. I'm holding up my glass of 15 year old single cask bourbon wood to toast the idea of a ten year cask strength offering from Kilkerran, a great distillery indeed that has certain come into its own with these lovely single cask offerings.


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