Kilkerran Heavily Peated

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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peat in Progress - Batch 3
80% Ex-Bourbon & 20% Ex-Sherry
59.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
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Added on
24 Mar 2020 10:32 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 93.94

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Heavily Peated

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.33 points

  1. praisethepasta scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I’m not all too sure what I was expecting from this, but pretty sure it wasn’t this. Yes, the peat is there, but it sort of leads the way for a fantastic parade of flavours. It’s accessible and easy drinking (relatively speaking, obviously) and really nuanced and complex at the same time. Very more-ish, a paradox in a glass, and nothing short of superb.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Soft and sweet peat notes accompany a wide range of sensations and aromas: coconut chips, chocolate, honey, citrus and underneath it all there ‘s the signature Campbeltown funk. I get grassy-earthy notes as well, alongside vanilla and a slight lemony sourness. Although the high ABV isn’t aggressive in any way, this baby does even better with just a few drops of water. The sweeter notes really jump out now in a lovely combo with the peat, with a brilliant oily-citrus-y aroma.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The palate again starts with a soft arrival. Yes the peat is obvious, but never becomes overly dominant. On the contrary it’s a bit of a ‘fille rouge’ throughout the whole experience. A soft wood note gives it a bit of a dry mouthfeel, and the dirty /earthy notes are more prominent, but after the added water the fruit notes (citrus, tropical fruit like mango) come forward against an ashy undertone.
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, dry, ashy and peaty and it needs the water to bring out the citrus, some nuts and a dry oaky/woody note.

  2. Captain Teague scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Neat: Rhubarb definitely hits, together with lemon notes Vanilla / sweetness (melted caramel)...smoke comes through when you add some water or (time) get used to the intense rhubarb...Taste: Smoke is very present now ((bonfire) again the rhubarb (strong) and vanilla / smoked rhubarb cake if you want :) ..some saltiness and menthol notes. Finish(Medium): Cold smoke/ ashtrayslight oak lemon

    Can't hide its youth, alcohol is quite well integrated though agreed that it doesn't swim well ... - i'm sure this stuff will be great when it's close to teenage :) /// I go a bit higher for the fun factor after some weeks of having it open -- still facinated how it is so intense for the low age.. it's getting better and better maybe we reach the 90 soon..

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Definitely better than batch 2. Its buttery texture and fruitiness make it appear more mature.
    • Nose
      Remarkably buttery. Oatmeal, pear, peat, hay and papaya. with water it moves from the buttery to the fruity side.
    • Taste
      Peat, orange, apple, pepper, malt and butter. Water adds peach.
    • Finish
      Peat, pear, gingerbread and butter.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    He is only half a year older than Batch # 2, but this half year more maturity has already given him a lot of good things. And the fact that 80% ex-bourbon barrels have now been used should also have played its part in making him a good leap forward.
    The undeniable youth no longer shows itself through green twigs or pear notes, but at best manifests itself through a not too long finish. Very nice development!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Immediately comes up with a clear smoky note, which you don't even need to hold your nose over the glass to perceive. No phenolic or medicinal smoky note, but rather warm - earthy - loamy.
      Salt particles from sea spray, warm caramel, cocoa beans, marzipan, vanilla. Doesn't hold back with flavors despite its high alcohol content. Roasted and dried orange peel, apricot jam. Although the aromas can be filtered out well, it has a pleasant vanilla, fruity and smoky effect at the same time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      As expected, a very powerful start, but - like its predecessors: it doesn't burn, not a bit, but only warms the oral cavity (which is quite impressive) Slightly dry, voluminous smoky. On the tongue, too, this feeling of warm earth, burnt clay - a very special smoke note. Vanilla, caramel (a lot!), White coffee, coffee beans. Here and there salt water breaks through, and more and more that Campbeltown feeling emerges, which you can already have in the nose or on the tongue at Springbank (at least with the original bottlings) at the beginning of the tasting: mineral aroma, stones wetted with salt water.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Leaves a lasting - almost medium-length - impression. Not only due to the still pronounced smoky note, in which a little Black Forest ham is now waving, but also due to the fact that the whisky remains on the tongue for a long time as it was in the nose and on the tongue: he Doesn't fall apart into its individual parts or just leaves a trail of smoke, everything stays nicely together and leaves the party closed when the time comes.
      The fact that the departure does not last (any longer) is ultimately due to the youth.

  5. Collegiate scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a refreshingly different take on peated whisky! Probably my favourite Kilkerran so far as well, as the sharp and elemental distillate of Kk really works so well with the peating here. It starts with rhubarb notes and then falls into the hay and barnyard type of peat, closing with some Campbeltown funk and an eye-opening bite. Great whisky and because of the high proof, a fun one to try different levels of water with it.

  6. SAND scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    NOSE: Lovely sweet smoke. Diesel, mescal and some creosote. Generally it stays on the lighter side of the engine room spectre. Fat and rich. Could this be Longrow? Anyway, it’s heavenly. (93p)
    TASTE: Mescal, smoked agave, a touch of dry chilli, lots of creosote and tar. Salty. Liquorice, aniseed. This is rough and powerful but lovely.(91p)
    FINISH: Dry chilli, salt, diesel and agave oil. (89-90p)
    OVERALL: This noses older, rounder and more elegant than it tastes. But it’s lovely though. Takes water well. Total score 91 points .

  7. Niftywhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      earthy, cold smoke, stable, hay
      Salty lemon and unripe stone fruit,
      Butter sprinkles
    • Taste
      Taste: Very sweet, pepper, butter cake, lemon balm, warm earthy smoke, burnt rusks
      despite 59.7% vol. no alcohol noticeable and easy to drink
    • Finish
      Finish: some compote, delicate smoke, salt remains on the palate, the finish is medium-long

  8. switzyuk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose - Sweet medicinal. Singed pineapple slices. Toffee and honrycomb crunch. Sweet barley mash. Some farmyard notes.

    Palate - Honeyed cereals. Candied lemon slices. With a sweet smokiness.

    Finish - Quite long on lemon bon bons with a mellow farmyard bonfire in the background.

  9. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    To be enjoyed pure. The alcohol is well integrated, so it is not estimated at almost 60%. The rating refers to the pure whisky.

    Water makes it less intense without releasing new aromas. The peat smoke then overlaps more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First: earthy campfire smoke on the coast and citrus aromas. Followed by vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb, malt sweetness, roasted marshmallow. Sea-salt.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful in the beginning. Salted caramel, the sweetness of marshmallows and brown sugar, peat smoke, grilled light fruits. Peppermint.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Peat smoke with fruity notes and salt, pastries. Medium length.

  10. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another warm and autumnal release.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Aromas of fruits and dried fruits, making their way through the smoke, caramel sweetness. The smoke is warm and bright.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is sweet, very smoky, full of dried fruits.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The aftertaste is tart, smoky, sweet.


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