Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whisky Druid (WhDr)
Stated Age
03 years old
1st Fill Amarone della Valpolicella Butt
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 may 2020 9:09 pm by niskat
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 54.51

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72 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for St. Kilian 2016 WhDr

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.49 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2022] I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting and did not like it at all. Malt and sherry are not integrated at all, both taste paedophilic and the wine cask was heavily sulphur-spoiled. I call this a triple turn down, one for the spittoon - sorry folks.

  2. RollOff scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A German whisky, plus an honest age of only 3 years, can that be something?
    On the other hand, we know that the whisky from the St. Kilian distillery in Rüdenau, Lower Franconia, cannot be much older than these three years, since the distillery released its first 3-year-old whisky in 2019.

    To the marketing frills: the whisky comes in a very nice, heavy bottle, which we only know from the several hundred Euro Glendronach Grandeur Batches.
    In addition, the Amarone barrel used is exactly named here: "1st Fill Amarone della Valpolicella Butt", that sounds at least high quality.
    The color is in any case a dark red-brown and promises a full Amarone load.

    The distillery has already brought out a special bottling, the spirit of which was also allowed to mature in said Amarone red wine barrels from the northern Italian wine region of Valpolicella for at least 27 months. Since this spirit was not yet 3 years old, the term "whisky" was dispensed with (price: approx. € 27 for the 0.35l bottle).

    The issue price for this single malt is around 55 euros.

    Undiluted: An intense and spicy nose, thick dry red wine with some acidity, spicy oak, a minimal smoke note is also present. The aroma reminds me of a Port Charlotte (eg MRC: 01) with less smoke. In addition dark, ripe cherries and blackberries. The alcohol is very well integrated for the 3 years. With the addition of water, it becomes a little more fruity and sherry.

    You can use it undiluted despite the almost 60% vol. drink relatively well, very spicy and strong, very nutty. Overall, however, it gives off little flavors in the mouth and is anything but "creamy and oily".
    With water it becomes significantly creamier, but also bitter. A lot of oak wort and tannins.

    Dry, a slight bitterness spreads in the mouth. There is no persistent aroma load. The finish is not very long.

    I like it for a 3 year old whisky, the Amarone red wine barrel gets through very well and the alcohol is well integrated.
    It is not very complex, but it is still well crafted. The taste could be a little thicker and more oily for me.
    For people who like oak, woody bitterness and intense red wine finishes in whisky, the whisky can be interesting. It is not noticeable that the whisky comes from Germany, it could just as well be a Scot.
    Recommended for the price of 55 euros.

  3. Lorion scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    The nose is interesting and shows that the whisky could have been good. But then he's still missing a few things. 69 points.
    • Nose
      Grain. Pretty much grain. Oats. Behind that comes the Amarone wine, which slowly becomes more dominant. Berry, semi-dry.
    • Taste
      Uff, here you can still tell that the whisky is not yet fully mature. Yes, the vinous and partly nutty nuances are there. But the whisky comes across as unbalanced and a bit sharp. The grain here goes in a bitter direction.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. The wine stays in the mouth for a long time.

  4. Black Grouse scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Today I have this St. Kilian in the glass for the fourth time and for a long time I was undecided how to evaluate this drop. It does not have much to do with the previous bottlings from St. Kilian.
    Very intense influence of the barrel and for many the notes should already be over it. A wet piece of wood or an old leather couch with a certain light fruity and sweet note.
    In advertising it would say again: everything except ordinary.

  5. fnk scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is very, very unusual and interesting. Notes of champagne, beer, sour berries. There is also this shampoo in the taste, which is already annoying a little, this brewiness, sweet confectionery and perfume notes can also be traced. At the time of all sorts of extracts / extras, I think this malt has the right to exist)

  6. KjellRolandson scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    For me a round 2.
    Fantastic nose.
    Unfortunately tangy in the mouth and finish
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      72 72

  7. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. ThorstenH scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    After a long time in the glass you have pure sulfur ...
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I personally think that this snotty and fruity characterizes this whisky. I like it very much. :Top:
    • Nose
      Red gold

      First of all ... it smells young, impetuous, but nice and fruity. I like it.
      I discover plums and sour cherries first. The alcohol keeps cheating vigorously in between. I'll let it go…
      With a little time in the glass, the alcohol switches back significantly. Now the colleague looks creamier. And the sweetness also appears. In the form of brown sugar. With nougat and marzipan. Hints of leather and a touch of licorice. Red apple, sour berries and menthol. Hints of tobacco and a spicy spice. So go in the direction of nutmeg.
      I would never have guessed blindly on German whisky.
    • Taste
      Strong start. First spicy, followed by sugary sweetness. The young age also prevails in taste. Then again the disorderly impetus. But find it here in combination with the fruitiness and the slight alcoholic spiciness, quite tasty.
      Dark chocolate, raspberries and some almonds. Dry wood, sour cherries and the taste of spicy tobacco. Combined with yeast dough and raisins.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Only slight alcoholic sharpness, which disappears more and more. Then creamy fruit sweetness, peppered with metallic hints. Which don't bother me here at all.

  10. Michael Schmulder scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Wow, thats a crazy stuff. One of the "Dirties" Whisky i have had a long time. Very great though!

  11. Chrizzz84 scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Since I am actually a friend of St. Kilian, I was really looking forward to this combination of a strong Kilian from this special barrel, since Amarone was stored for 7 whole years. The fact that the winery was communicated so clearly made me even more curious. It can only be good, but ...
    • Nose
      Tried from the Glencairn and also the large-scale Spiellau Snifter.
      First cutting alcohol on the nose. Well, we're knocking on around 60% here. After a few minutes the alcohol stops and fine rose notes emerge. Everything discreet. The nose promises more ...
    • Taste
      Sharp on the tongue and slightly strawberry-like but what comes there, I taste what reminds me of sulfur. My guess was confirmed. The full load of sulfur, which I didn't expect at all and I was surprised in a negative, very negative way. The same with water. The sulfur was also increased. I was a bit shocked and could hardly believe what the wrong notes would roll over there.
    • Finish
      The sulfur overwhelms everything. The first fine notes that I read hardly applied to me.
      Maybe I had a bad day. Tried again the next day.
      This time from the snifter. The result was the same. Too bad that was nothing.


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