St. Kilian 2016/2017

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Signature Edition - Five
Calculated age
03 years old
Virgin Oak
Number of bottles
52.5 % Vol.
50 ml 500 ml
Germany Germany
Added on
21 may 2020 11:12 pm by Noface83

Average value

€ 40.02

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Whisky reviews for St. Kilian 2016/2017

16 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.40 points.

  1. glenrob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    St. Kilian dares an interesting and quite successful experiment with the fresh oak barrels. This gives the malt enormous intensity and spice for its young age. However, you should leave it in the glass for a while so that the aroma can develop properly. It gets even better with a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      At first I find the typical aromas of American oak like caramel and vanilla. The different European oak barrels are noticeable almost immediately. These bring a strong spiciness with notes of wood, roasted notes, leather and herbal sweets. A hint of nail polish remover hovers over everything. Fresh green apples and citrus fruits linger in the background. After a few minutes the fruits become more intense, I can then also find apricots and dried fruits. There is also a slightly floral touch.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, the attack is very powerful with a clear sharpness. As in the nose, you get a mixture of sweet fruits and strong oak. Initially, the sweet notes of honey, caramel and red apples stand out, then the oak intensifies and brings a slight bitterness even before the finish.
    • Finish
      The bitterness increases, as do the spicy oak notes. Coffee notes are added. The sweetness can keep up at first, but then becomes much weaker. The finish is medium-long and towards the end delicate caramel notes emerge again.

      With water:
      Sweet fruits now clearly predominate on the nose. The oak doesn't look so overwhelming, but much better integrated. The sharpness disappears on the tongue and the different aromas seem much better balanced. That makes him a lot more comfortable.

  3. redsnapper scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Not yet enough to really break the 80s mark. Not my case. I hope for better in the next few years.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity, Berentzen green apple, some caramel
    • Taste
      78 78
      Ginger, spicy, again Berentzen.
    • Finish
      77 77

  4. face scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      74 74

  5. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review:
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. Don Cassi scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very reminiscent of a bourbon: cherries, orange peel, caramel, reminds me of Woodford Reserve.

    Mouth and finish continue these impressions linearly, blindly I would actually have located it overseas.
    Length: 3/10

    Grade: 3+

  7. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lots of fruit, vanilla, honey, apricots, peaches, fruit
    • Taste
      Vanilla, fruit, oak, pepper
    • Finish
      Long with spices and vanilla

  8. SpiritWulf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose (28/30): Sweet, almost vinous dark fruits (cherry?), Vanilla, liquorice, caramel, orange peel, alcohol well integrated
    Mouth (34/40): sweet, caramel with a slight spiciness, dried plums, slightly woody and spicy with clear herbs
    Finish (25/30): unspectacular, but beautifully intense. Vanilla, caramel, a little peppery with cinnamon

    Conclusion: very successful and quite complex for his young age. Suitable for both intensive tasting and as a cozy dram in between.

  9. webturtle scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    So this is the 5th St. Kilian.
    After the smoky three and four, the mild mixture again.
    Unfortunately, he is a bit behind then. The two was just brilliant and I think St. Kilian looks very good on the smoke.

    Maybe too many different types of wood were used here, so that I can't handle it.

    Nevertheless: it belongs on the shelf.

    Color: amber
    • Nose
      83 83
      Apple, pear as in my opinion is the character of St. Kilian.
      In addition, a lot of vanilla and some cedar wood.
      Somewhat malty and very minimal leather.

      Too long in the glass is not so good for him.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Very creamy.
      Almonds, a little sweet (unsure whether honey or fruity), malty and a little bitter.
    • Finish
      79 79
      medium length, still very creamy.

  10. jan.berg scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Color: copper
    Viscosity: oily
    Dram: undiluted and diluted

    His predecessors sometimes knocked me off my feet. Nevertheless, I think the still is great and I always look forward to having a St. Kilian in my glass. I think there is a lot of potential in the distillery. So now the number five matured in Virgin Oak. The name says it all and there are massive wood notes that are reminiscent of grandma's wall unit. If you give it time in the glass, many delicate, fine fruity notes emerge behind the wood load, which clearly come from the distillery character. The alcohol is astonishingly well integrated and from my point of view it doesn't necessarily do you good in water. This malt fits perfectly in the run-up to Christmas. Unfortunately, the complexity is missing, but you can't expect that at that age either. Still well done and I'm looking forward to future bottlings of St. Kilian.

    My rating system:
    100-95: Exceptional whiskys
    80-94: top whisky
    50-79: standard whisky
    0-49: flops
    • Nose
      The first impression is characterized by a load of wood, shoe polish, leather, furniture polish, grandma’s wall unit, freshly broken oak twig, liquorice sweets, cinnamon rolls, freshly cut oak, apricots and mirabelle plum jam, spicy gingerbread, caramel pudding, melted butter, milk chocolate and lemon zest notes, some lemon zest , light herbal moments, some shortbread, rice pudding with water, cinnamon and sugar
    • Taste
      Slightly alcoholic start, which carries the following aromas well, liquorice sweets, vanilla pudding, toffee sweets, honey sweets, apricots, mirabelle jam, caramel pudding, creme brûlée, slightly woody like cinnamon and nutmeg, sugared popcorn, light rye bread moments, forest berries, oranges, dark light herbal moments, with water more bitter moments, espresso and dark chocolate, crushed bananas, cherry Haribo
    • Finish
      Relatively short finish, but quite fruity and with some wood notes, here too the liquorice candy, cinnamon, spicy gingerbread, light milk chocolate moments, almond chips, banana chips

  11. CIB914 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Toffee, dark fruits, leather, furniture polish, woody
    • Taste
      84 84
      dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, light citrus fruits, sweet and chocolatey at the end
    • Finish
      82 82
      dark chocolate remains in the mouth. Finish rather short

  12. Expraesi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  13. zaphod155 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Another nice bottling from Rüdenau. A beautiful, multi-layered sweetness is the main impression that I particularly like about this whisky.

  14. zaphod155 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Another nice bottling from Rüdenau. A beautiful, multi-layered sweetness is the main impression that I particularly like about this whisky.
    • Nose
      Nice chocolate notes with distinct vanilla. Malt sugar with forest honey, overripe oranges. Overall very sweet, but accompanied by a noticeable chilli spiciness. As the temperature rises, leather and a few dark berries appear.
    • Taste
      It starts with the oranges and the malt. The vanilla is also at the front. Everything is highlighted. Then comes a slightly bitter, spiced forest honey. The sharpness becomes clearer and gradually covers the sweetness. There is also a slightly bitter impact. The mouthfeel is mildly creamy and yet very light. After a while there is a certain astringency. With a little water there are still citrus notes and the spiciness becomes a little milder.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is of the medium length variety. The sweet flavors are quite quick to escape. The slight bitter note and sharpness last the longest. In addition, a few winter-like spices appear at the farewell.

  15. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

    This strong, oak-wood accented single malt was love at second sight. For me personally, the predominant scent and taste of fresh oak was too superficial, but over time this young malt developed a complex fruit and herbal aroma spectrum that makes you want to spend more time with it. Not an easy dram, but still worthwhile. Exciting and multi-layered.

    I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample!
    • Nose
      Fresh on the nose with lots of vanilla sauce and toffee. This is joined by notes of light fruit, apricot and a little citrus. Besides various herbs that are hard to describe, there is a good portion of oak mixed with cedar wood. Aromatic and appealing!
    • Taste
      Sweet start on the palate with fruit sweetness, apricot, peach and lots of vanilla cream. Then strongly warming and peppery with oak spice. Notes of plum jam mixed with herbs. All in all creamy, remaining sweet and slightly drying towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long-lasting, creamy sweet and gradually dries out with oak spice, subtle nutty aromas, some dark chocolate and a light note of herbal candy with a touch of grapefruit.

      With water: Significantly fresher on the nose after adding a little water. Vanilla, toffee and noticeably more oak wood, with sawdust and a subtle herbal note. Only a slight vanilla sweetness on the palate, which is immediately replaced by a strongly warming and on the tongue prickling spiciness. Very peppery and dry with oak spice and sawdust. The finish is somewhat shorter and clearly dry with spiced oak, allspice, some herbs and hardly any sweetness.

  17. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    The St. Kilian Signature Edition FIVE matured over 3 years in 5 different "virgin" fresh oak barrels

    • 34% American white oak 190l / barrel
    • 26% European oak 190l / barrel
    • 20% hybrid: America & France 200l / barrel (barrel head FE)
    • 13% Palatine oak 50l / barrel
    • 7% Hungarian oak 100l / barrel

    • Distilled from 100% pure barley malt between October 2016 and April 2017
    • bottled: March 2020 with 52.5% vol.

    The "FIVE" will be published on the day of the German whisky on June 27, 2020.


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