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Kilkerran 16-year-old

Overall rating
87.26/100
votes
792
Whiskybase ID
WB165933
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
05.10.2020
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
96% Bourbon / 4% Marsala
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
20/121
Barcode
0610854001353
Added on
22 sep 2020 9:04 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 177.92

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 16-year-old

113 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.26 points

  1. captain_k scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The eternally tiresome price problem ... RRP 79 €. Very fair PLV, which unfortunately is passed on from only a few to no dealers due to the limitation.

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes:

    Scent: Burlap, vanilla bean, deep cave atmosphere (I'm a speelunker), celery juice, caramel, fresh silk fabric, cement floor warehouse as well as dunnage dirt floor warehouse (casks mixed in this batch), wet muslin coastal curtains, wet sand, ocean breeze, crosshill loch. Touch of peat, really nice.

    Taste: very wide expansive vista compared to the 12; turbinado sugar icing on short bread, vanilla bean, negative ion and ozone after thunder shower, breeze over wet grass, seashells, crosshill loch water. Subtle peat that seems creamy and moorish. This dram has a creamy quality in the mouth, almost like delicious fatty globules in fresh dairy milk from a recently milked single milk cow (not homogenized batch milk).

    Finish: medium, mouthwatering, aesthetically desirable in a zen-like way. Subtle, earthy, pleasantly lacking in mass production directives such as come through in Glenmorangie products, which are overtly pleasing but artificial and therefore not full bodied and not old skool like this dram. I choose old skool. Sorry Dr. Bill even though your jokes are funny during presentations, especially live and in person.

    -------- afterward reflections and questions -----------
    I'm confused. There is some uncertainty over the smidge of sweet wood that went into this bottling, i.e. what sort of wood it is.

    The distillery statement is also vague. Is it Madeira or Marsala? It makes a difference to me. My fave sweet wood that goes well with Springers or Kilkies is Madeira.

    From Springbank's newsletter:

    "As many of you will know, in March we marked Glengyle Distillery’s 16th Anniversary. Excitingly, we are now launching our first ever Kilkerran 16 year old and it is a beauty. Our Kilkerran 16Y/O is predominantly matured in bourbon casks and continues to develop all the classic Kilkerran characteristics we know and love."

    Springbank is my favorite distillery on earth, and Glengyle is also up there. Or else I would not care a wit.

    As Depeche Mode once sang: "Everything counts in large amounts," but if the small amount is enough to tweak the large, then it's worth sorting this out. I see others have weighed in. Are there two releases? One big with marsala and one small with madeira, both at 46%? I'm lost on this one guys. And, grateful as I am for a 16 year release, I wish it was up at 48% instead. I know 46% is the standard OB level for Springbank and Glengyle, but still. A few extra percentage points could make such a difference to me. But on the bright side, 46 is better than 44 or 43, which is a bummer, or 40, gods forbid, which really sux unless the bottling is super old. Then it can still be grand.

    And I know that both distilleries are very good with special indie cask releases at cask strength, so knock on cask wood, I hope to get some in the future. There's always the auctions. Fighting the teaming hoardes for indies is not worth the bother to me. Such a buzz kill.

  3. praisethepasta scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Some say this is very much like the 12 yo expression, only more rounded. Both share the same characteristics (the grassy-earthy funk, the lemony and lemongrass notes, the subtle peat…) but where the 12 yo really shines in its combination of complexity and youthful freshness, the 16 yo does brings a substantial and noticeable depth in character and flavor to the table . A stunning dram
    • Nose
      92 92
      earthy, soft peat, herbal elements (sage, parsley) with a soft funk and some sweet cheese. But there ‘s more. Lots more! Exotic fruit (peach, pineapple, mandarin), vanilla, baking sugar & vanilla sugar, and hints of wine (marsala casks?) with at the back some lemony citrus notes almost leaning into a soapy element. And while this is very much a busy bee, it’s all in a relaxed, unobtrusive way. None of the flavours are screaming for attention, meaning that what we’ve got here is a very well rounded, complex yet accessible nose which keeps evolving and changing as you go. It’s as if there’s’ a whole parade of flavours and sensations playing leapfrog as they go back and forth.
    • Taste
      89 89
      things start of again with a bit of a dirty/earthy-grassy note. There’s something of a mineral touch here, some clay even and subtle fruit (citrus mostly) with a mild hint of peat. A drop of water highlights the earthy notes as they become more lively, bringing out a salty note as well, while the citrus notes now evolve more towards oranges, with even some grapes (again the marsala casks, perhaps?) in the mix.
    • Finish
      89 89
      dry and long, with a clay note, salty and oaky with (dried) citrus-lemony notes. A drop of water prolongs it even further, and brings out the salty note to center stage, only adding to the pleasure.

  4. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    unreduced version for malt festival tasting 49.2%. to be revised on official release. There is a 2% madeira version floating around but I think this one is the one they've bottled?

    wavering between 7 and 8/10 on first impression, leaning to the latter particularly given the price
    • Nose
      waxy, coconut macaroon with jam, tropical 'fruit leather', pencil shaving, mild ginger, slightly sooty, slightly farmy. lovely, frankly old school and reminiscent of some older springbanks.
    • Taste
      lively, I don't think the reduction to 46% will do it any harm. lemons, icing sugar, soot, dunnage floor, mineral oil, going on medium with mild barley sweetness. it's not that complex, but there's a great purity and classiness here with an old school charm.

  5. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I had already waited for this test. Thanks to the good André v. Whisky Evening.
    A campbeltown with 96% bourbon is exactly my idea. So that could only be good. And that's how it turned out. An exceptionally high standard (core range) for the future. Only the price is unfortunately (at the moment) not yet hot. This will be a bargain puzzle for the next few months, ... because I won't pay> 90 € for it. That is too much and certainly not more than 100 €. As Ralfy always says: "We make the prices". Thanks to "captain_k" for his clarification!
    • Nose
      He starts with vanilla and breakfast from the cereal box. After breakfast, go out into the fresh maritime air for a walk through the middle of the cornfield. In the distance a campfire is going out and is letting the wood smoke drift over the cornfield. If you are looking for this freedom, this is the right place for you. Except for the green apple and a hint of citrus freshness, there is hardly any fruitiness to be felt.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully full-bodied and almost lovely, the palate delivers exactly what the breakfast nose promised. It also comes across as salty, maritime, mineral and somewhat rural. It is very well balanced by the barrel management. Well done. A campletown made to the highest standard with passion for the ages. This dram deserves every award.
      Because it conveys uniquely and without errors:
      "I AM THE ORGINAL". Respect to the master!
    • Finish
      In the finish with a creamy wood sweetness I get the impression of the 96% ex-bourbon oak of all first quality. Because he is now also on the nose again and gives the overall impression of a much older age. I think there were also older barrels donated to perfection. There is more going on here than just manufacturing and selling. They wanted to set a milestone here. I must have this bottle on my shelf. A training malt with memorable value. A Campletown whisky for the connoisseur among us.

  6. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A good standard with nice Campbeltown characteristics that is more suitable for drinking rather than nasal engagement.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Maritime smoke, mineral citrus notes, quite straw-like, metallic ash barrel, with water everything merges a lot more into one another, much more harmonious, I now feel like I'm being transported to the distillery
    • Taste
      84 84
      Pleasant and citrus-heavy start, tangy, oak spice with a lot of astringency, creamy lemon cake, with water a little more harmony
    • Finish
      87 87
      Oak spice, again a lot of lemon peel, warming finish

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      First impression is fresh, even somewhat grassy. Lime, smoke, pineapple, vanilla, cummin and honey. It takes a while for the marsala to peek through, a little blueberry.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Apple, vanilla biscuit, peat, peach, grass, orange and honey. This appears much more mellow and mature than the nose.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, orange, malt, vanilla, tobacco and litchi.

  8. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite my thing.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Poster color, vanilla sugar, clay, some incense and a nice sweetness. Somewhat peculiar, but perfectly balanced.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A surprisingly thin-looking consistency at first (at 46%), but the taste is extremely spicy with tart fruit, cherry wine and slightly sweaty sports clothes.
      Welcome to Campbeltown Funk! :)
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fruity and delicate, it keeps getting sweeter. Delicious!

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Overall a very nice bottling, but I think the regular 12 yo is at least as good.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Light, clean, sweet and a little floral. Quite some (tropical) fruitiness with, peach, some pear, pineapple and sweet citrus, vanilla, light honey, sugared wafels, also coriander, a whiff of lavender and clear anise and mint. The pineapply sweetness reminds me a bit of a fruity lactose infused IPA.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A juicy fruitiness, pineapple, canned peaches, some oranges and lemon, more clear on the honey, vanilla, slightly chalky, becomes increasingly drying at the back of the mouth with some grape skins and bitter wood notes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length: immediately drying, but still keeps the fruitiness underneath (bittersweet citrus).

  10. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Mild smoky nose, nice fruit, some wax, apple, honey. Fresh in the mouth at the beginning, then sweetish. Herbs are slightly more peaty and more sweet and spicy than on the nose, not particularly strong, light acidity. Short finish, peat, paired with herbs and fruits.

    Not particularly complex, but clean, sweetly smoky bourbon, where I can only easily recognize the Marsala in the finish. Good drinking whisky and recommended for the price if you like the style. Personally, the sample is enough for me. Not 100% my style and I also prefer barrel strength :)
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I only know the 8-y-o oloroso releases so far, curious how this will be with twice the age and mostly bourbon. Note that it's a first sip from a new bottle.

    N : very bright on lemongrass and pineapple. Delicate peat note, with a buttery background. Not sweet though, feels more mineral. White pepper. You could guess the Springbank style, the little dirt but again : it's really on the bright side.
    After some times in the glass, I get more spices (ginger especially), with fruits like apricots and peaches.

    M : mineral yes, and bitter. Like sucking a stone. Light spices, wood varnish, lightly coastal character.
    Again it gets a bit rounder with time. Just a bit. Rancid butter and yellow fruits. A touch of bitter cocoa. Silky texture !

    F : Long and rather dry. Consistent with the mouth. Actually really long. There's a short but powerful kick and then it lingers for an impressive time, on bitter oak and a fresh note (mix of lemon and menthol). Rotting apple.

    Not an easy one so far, the bitterness is controlled but challenging. The 46% are very good in that regards : it feels generous, it has a nice texture and a clear direction. I'd say it's quite on the edge though.
    I'm keen to look in the direction of a few savage white rhums or mezcals, because this Kilkerran seem distillate-oriented and only lightly tamed by the barrels. I'm quite enthousiast about this. 7/10

  12. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good malt for its price. Maybe a little missing body. 22-21.5-21.5-22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very nice improvement over the already good 12yo.
    • Nose
      Floral and coastal undertones, vanilla, gentle honey, peaches, mandarins, seawater, unripe apples, some pineapple, wax, grapefruit.
    • Taste
      Honey, vanilla, apples, peaches, a little pineapple, flowers, a touch of coastal influence, wax.
    • Finish
      Fairly floral with a balance of honey, honeydew, mangos, apples, seasalt.

  14. MrDvorak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 88pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is open and fresh with notes of light peatiness, juicy lemonade, burnt apple peel, caramel and cement nuances.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is quite sour and peppery with notes of smoky pears, green apples, citrus candies and vanilla.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium to long with nice minerality and spiciness along with vanilla and smoked citruses.

  15. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    blind tasting (88)
    • Nose
      Aroma sticky, sherry… strawberry jam, rubber, peat, deeper farm, salt oil, medicine (22)
    • Taste
      Salt, iodine, oil, caramel fruits (22)
    • Finish
      Salt, ash, iodine, fruit finish (22)

  16. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    4% marsala, the rest ex-bourbon maturation. There’s another version with just 2% madeira: WB87.13[18]

    N: It’s not a shopping lister, necessarily. With a deep-set phenolic sweet oily barley coat, we’ve plenty of dense pureed [cooked apple > pear] fruitiness, salty dry/wet-ish seaweed [dryish] shellfish,.. cavallo [Italian horsemeat] > pepperoni. The [16] years, in this case, equal layers.

    T: This works amazingly well with a drop of [100%] wheatgerm oil btw [take my word for it]. The phenols integral to the whole, this is lip-smacking/chewy savoury=sweet tacky tannic honeyed [pineapple biscuit] toasty barley juice that’s ever so creamy when you trickle it in slowly. Though not quite as colourful/eventful as the Hazelburn 10, the relatively dense [relaxed yet firm] spirit-driven Mitchell-family richness and the oozing mouthful leaves you wanting for nothing. After a barley-cellulose middle, there’s a slight dryness on the turn, but it doesn’t loiter.

    F: With that inimitable homemade Mitchell DNA, this finishes with a desirable waxy-vegetal [baking fruit] sweetness that comes out from the polished dirtiness,,,, almost buttery at the end, oozy toasted > ashy/smoky/consolidated oaky hay – the stuff of childhood dreams – the spirit remaining at the core. A few more years down the line, and we may well see those irresistible dunnage-y syrupy characters developing in Kilkerran [if the phenols and dryness will allow].

    C: Watching Kilkerran’s evolution in real time is a very special privilege. As the years of maturation pass 12 years – the 12yo being a modern masterpiece [WLP1:90 WLP2:89 WLP3:90] – there will inevitably be things lost and things gained. Compared to the Kilkerran 12, this is a chunkier teenager with a leisurely swagger, one that’s ditched its analytical side. At 16 years, I’m still very much a fan.

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/04/26/bottle-polishing-spring-2021-part-4-4-ja-mitchell/

  17. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The slight dissapointment of the nose is more than made up by the palate and finish. It's has a slightly fruiter/sweeter profile compared to the regular 12 years old.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet yellow fruits (peach and pineapple) with vanilla and honey at first, followed by coastal notes (sea spray), light peat, hessian cloth and slight vegetal note. Good, but not very expressive
    • Taste
      89 89
      Develops nicely on the palate with mild peat, leather, grilled pineapple (recommended to try this on your bbq!), fennel and a non-disturbing plastic offnote. It's very juicy, and much more expressive compared to the nose.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The 'Campbeltowness' dominates in the finish, with heavier peat, leather, and mineral/briny notes. The sweetness of the palate returns on caramel, grilled pinapple and nectarines.

  18. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is so good, it’s almost easy to dismiss. Ok, maybe not Uber complex, but wow what a great drinker. Love it to bits.

  19. jay83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Again high quality as expected... Rock-solid classically handcrafted Campbeltown Whisky. Still best value for money (~75 £).

  20. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think it's pretty tasty. A muesli malt. Reminds me of LL17, luckily without the fish muffy note. The alcohol is well adjusted, but benefits from adding water.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very sweet on the nose with malt and vanilla. There is little or no fruit. Instead, there is a slight mustiness and a little charred wood. The new batch of 12 has more wood smoke.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Typical Ex-Bc taste. Creamy mouthfeel and the full pack of cereals. Wheat.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is very clean. Almost too clean for a lad from Campletown.

  21. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The first 16yo from Kilkerran - only now did I have the opportunity to open a bottle and taste it, I had its successor in November last year in the glass. The two vintages differ in taste quite clearly. While the 2021 matured in 75% ex-bourbon casks and 25% sherry casks, the 2020 is 96% ex-bourbon casks / 4% Marsala casks. I don't notice anything from the Marsala Casks. In contrast to the very creamy 16yo from 2021, this one is much drier and not creamy, which does not detract from the general quality. A nice addition to the range.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Like its successor from 2021, the 2020 edition does not have a comfortable but rather a demanding nose, which is not what you would expect from Kilkerran. A little grease, water in a harbor basin and at the same time very fresh and fruity with pineapple, grapefruit and nectarines. Vanilla crescents with powdered sugar, honey.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very dry and spicy attack, the bourbon casks seem to do a great job here. Pineapple and lemon juice, grapefruit. Just a little caramel and toffee, it lacks the creaminess of the 2020 16yo. Spicy wood, thyme, basil, oregano. Sea salt, chain fat & seaweed evoke maritime associations.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long finish, very dry, lots of wood, almost peat-smoky. A mix of herbs, basil and oregano, vanilla, honey, malt candy.

  22. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    12/07/2021:
    Nice work, good balance and consistency. Family traits are present, but arranged a little differently, with different accents. Drinking and bright!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoked peat and honey, juicy citrus, quince, mint chill, mineral (crushed stones, concrete), baked apple, vanilla, barberry, notes of tobacco leaves, salty oily chips from algae, a hint of smoke, cookies, mothballs, pineapple.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Citrus candies, tropical fruits, peat, vanilla.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Candy, citrus, tropical fruits, peat, lemon, honey notes, white grapes, dry and long.

  23. hlz30 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Much rounder than the 12YO release, and became more vividly fruity at the expense of some of the peat notes
    • Nose
      88 88
      Definetly more matured than the 12yo on the nose.It's got a lovely, vivid, temptating fruity-sour notes, reminescent of hawthorn snacks (果丹皮) and dried kiwi and figs at the beginning. Loads of heather pollen, ripen orange, some garage oil, mildly violet. The peat notes became even milder (needs time, along with which the fresh lemon became more intense).
    • Taste
      88 88
      Round, intensively sweet, oily, crispy and bright. Kept up with the nose for the ripen orange and heather pollen, almost no prickling on the palate. Umami with a little bit of espresso bitterness but just counterbalanced the sweetness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Lively, pleasantly drying (palate cleansing), smokiness surfaced after an intermediate period. Long finish in general

  24. Jabarkas scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Kilkerran 12 is a bit rougher, yet more tasteful in my opinion. 16 i an amazing dram. But diminishing results are very visible compared to the already great Kilkerran 12. Not worth the price extra in my opinion.
    • Nose
      Oh the sweet peat comes wonderfully through some citrusy notes. I sense also some maritime notes. It is very similar on the nose to its younger 12 yo brother.
    • Taste
      Very ashy and dry on the taste. Less peat than Kilkerran 12. Fruits. Citrusy. Incredibly smooth. Sweet.
    • Finish
      A hint of sweet peat at the end. Again very dry.

  25. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Part of a lineup of samples with my friend MacErik
    • Nose
      89 89
      First impression: is this really Kilkerran? Where's the typical Kilkerran peat? But you need to have patience with this dram and you will be rewarded. After some time in the glass, there is first signs of Campbelltown peat. Things get better by the minute!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Really really good. This is the much better version of the 12y OB. More subtle. Sweet friendly tropical fruit served on a plate of mild peat.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long. This would have been a stunning dram in case this was a longer finish. In the finish more of the same as described in the taste.

  26. Simon Stood scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice drinkable malt
    22/22/21/22 = 87
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose - ripe sweet apples with spicy honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is sweet enough, straight lollipops, very good. Comfortable fortress.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short aftertaste, dry herb

  27. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Good work Spring) (87)
    • Nose
      Pleasant malt, pastries, cream, lemon and a little smoke. Banana with ice cream and curd dessert (22)
    • Taste
      Smoke, fruit salad, mineral water (22)
    • Finish
      Lemon, wood, plum and cream at the finish… a little extra herbal bitterness (21)

  28. dapoinbua scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    this dram was anticipated by us campbeltown lovers for a long time, and now, finally, it is here. funny - when i took my first nose i was almost disappointed, not because i didnt like it, but because it was not what i expected. not at all.

    this is a very elegant dram. nothing in your face. not really comparable to the 12 year old, or even less the 8 year old cs. nonetheless, if you give it some time you will be rewarded with some deep oily stuff. decent and complex. unfortunately it is not easy to get your hands on this now on a normal price point. i hope that the next batch will shipped out soon so i can get another one. nicely done kilkerran!
    • Nose
      90 90
      crisp fruit, almost dusty. behind that this typical kilkerran/springbank cardboard thingy rounded with sweetness. some grainy parts here, oats and some cooked vegetable. the nose is rather reserved, especially when compared to the 12 year old. after some time it opens up more. nice.
    • Taste
      91 91
      some earthy peat in the beginning, rounded up by vanilla sweetness. great texture. verxy gentle and elegant actually. this elegance is then topped with the campbeltownstyle oily notes.
    • Finish
      91 91
      rather long. here the peat comes through the most. numbs the tongue a bit. the oil stays on your tongue for a little while. this is not a dram you get instantly. give it some time.

  29. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Slightly lactic but mostly farmyardy with some fruity and mineral touches. Notes of bung cloth, compost, lemon and hay. A whisper of roasted almonds, pears and coastal notes too. Any smoke has receded very much into the background. Just a touch of rubber in the end.
    • Taste
      Hints of charcoal and minerals with sweet fruits like peach and apricots, but also lychees. It certainly shows a higher level of complexity than the excellent Kilkerran 12 Years. Touches of earthy peat and a nice salinity as well. Somewhat spicy.
    • Finish
      Earthy peat, oranges and a gentle pepperiness. Long.

  30. Derufus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  31. Suevia scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent stuff as expected, love the choice of almost exclusively ex-bourbon casks.
    A touch less sweetness would have been even better for my taste.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  33. Thoma scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  34. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately for my wallet, I really like the Campbeltown style. The 16y is another step up from the already delicious Kilkerran 12y. The almost complete maturation in bourbon casks is an ideal match for Glengyle's New Make. In addition to the machine oil aromas, the beautiful fruit aromas and the sweetness are really convincing.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Here we have a flatterer in the nose at the beginning. The aromas are quite present, but no smell stands out clearly, all olfactory components are harmoniously woven together into a really strong nose. A dustiness of its own, minerality is omnipresent. In addition, a clear note of vanilla and a honey-sweetened lemon/pineapple sorbet with ripe yellow pears and vineyard peaches. I don't notice any smoke, but I do notice the machine-oily, light "dirtiness" that I always like with whiskys from Campbeltown. There are also impressions of the wood of the barrels, which stay in the background and round off the spectrum of smells nicely.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Viscous, almost syrupy, the malt slides into your mouth. Great mouthfeel that immediately calls for another sip. It begins very sweetly, together with a fruit combination of lemon, pineapple and now - in contrast to the nose - red pome fruit. Furthermore, a nice strong vanilla, straight from the pod. This is followed by a slightly spicy, grated ginger-like note. No sharpness in that sense, very aromatic. Then again the typical trace of machine oil and some smoke. Could also come from the wood.
    • Finish
      89 89
      This combination of wood, smoke and oil also moves towards the finish. The medium to long-lasting finish is complemented by lemon zest and a light honey sweetness.

  35. DistiLesha scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very simple and truly bourbon whisky, that's what I feel at least. When I found out that there is 4% of Marsala there, I felt dryness in the aftertaste.
    In general, no questions arise. Solid whisky with clean and clearly readable flavor components, nothing more.
    Too bad there isn't any development that was expected from a 16 year old whisky.

    22 21 21 20
    • Nose
      Very fruity and immediately reminded me of Craigellachie, some malt extract, some thinner, not complex or complex, just a little bit of yeast, lemon zest and lemon juice
    • Taste
      Fruity sweetness, very strong woody bitterness and pepperiness, lemon juice acidity, a slight touch of antiquity (raw canvas from a cask, slightly damp)
    • Finish
      Oaky and bitter.
      Dryness comes after a while.

  36. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Significantly improved in all dimensions compared to the good 12 year old.
    The play of flavors between sweet vanilla, fresh lemon, spicy ginger and some funky mash tun is fun for a long time!
    • Nose
      Oily. lemony. Fresh mash. Sweet Vanilla, Strong Ginger.
      Great nose!
    • Taste
      Oily, mild, intensely sweet, warming and spicy on the tongue. Lemon, vanilla and ginger are back.
    • Finish
      Warming, spicy, long

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This lacks flavour for me to justify it;s 87 point average.
    The nose is weak, and the palate while quite peaty has few other flavours to talk about, the finish is a tale of two themes, the spicy peat lingers at the expense of everything else.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  39. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. bankimate scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Light nose, sweet, hint of vanilla, white pepper, not very complex, short finish.

  43. hzs275 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very light body, soft flavours, unusual aftertaste

  45. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 21 85

    Well, although from memory the 12-year-old had batches and brighter ...

  46. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  47. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I do not know what's there from marsala)) The taste is clear bourbon, herbal bitterness, warming. The aroma is gentle, pleasant, lollipops, sweet sparkling water, creme brulee type.

    A good 16, but not very far away from 12, here or 12 came out very good, or 16 came out not very. Another thing is the 8-year-old barrels of Kilkeran, there were powerful Molts!

  48. PRV scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    22/21/21/21

  49. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great complexity
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  50. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  51. whisky_garage scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is open, intense. Minerality, farmyard, vanilla, peat, sweet citrus fruits, industrial theme, spicy spices, some berries, an extinct fire.
    The taste is rich and bright. Minerality, vanilla, spices, ginger, pepper, citrus, industrial notes, berry theme, pleasant bitterness.
    The finish is long. Apricot pits, ginger, industrial notes, barrel.
    Conclusion: Solid malt, with a fairly "fleshy" body, a wide palette of tastes and aromas, not deprived of individuality and personal style. In general, there is where to dig, but also where to strive.
    Not bad for the first age release in the Glengyle line.

  52. brechtvds scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      it starts of quite mineral with wet stones and the smell of when it hasn't rained in a while ( petrichor ) there is also some white fruit apples , stewed pears followed by a creamy fresh pancake batter note i also get some mint and asparagus there is not a huge amount of peat to be found it's rather tame and calm which was expected after 16years in a cask
    • Taste
      much more peat , still creamy with white fruit again apple and pears but now also white grapes followed by the same mineral note
    • Finish
      short to medium peaty/ mineral finish apple and pear and that mint note that i got on the nose is back some slight honey creaminess as well

      side note : i find this one rather boring it's very one dimensional , it's not a bad whisky but it's just boring great whisky to drink through the week after a long day at work but nothing special

  53. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  54. Apikalov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  55. Paulsen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  56. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  57. Mihaj scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

  58. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  59. Yarema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great open aroma from the very beginning, not requiring long gatherings. At first, slightly damp ash, turning into candies, and then into floral-fruity notes.
    It is very easy and pleasant to drink. He lacks a body and a finish, but that doesn't bother him. You just have to drink this whisky and enjoy it. Excellent combination of price and quality.
    Nose - 22
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 86

  60. SRB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Old smoked salmon and damp cardboard dominate the very dry nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  61. Lenart scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Good malty character with a touch of peat. Good example of a classic single malt.
    Lacks a bit of the brightness from classic 12YO

  62. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very similar profile as the 12 with more plaster, and chalk notes. However some flavors also mature down which make this less exciting than the 12.

    And where is the Kilkerran sour berries!

  63. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 21, balance 22

  64. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  65. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  66. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Like the style, well managed (predominantly) bourbon cask maturation, just lacking a bit of complexity on the finish to be classified as extraordinary
    • Nose
      90 90
      Lightly smoked lemon biscuits, sour apples, salted caramel, vanilla and a bit winey, later some honey - I have to admit you need to take your time - the nose is evolving steadily, getting better almost every couple of minutes
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spices, peppery from the beginning, creamy & earthy, medium oak, sweet, grassy evolving into lemon and later lemonade
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, some peat smoke, lemon, rather sweetish, distinct oak influence, delicious

  67. L_Gillian scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the 12 it's overall more mature, a touch less intense but way more in-depth. The layers are laid out for the drinker to explore. None of the notes stick out, yet everything is easily accessible. Truly fantastic craftmanship if you ask me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Quite dry, herbal and yellow fruits. Damp cave-y atmosphere. Quinces, celery salt, cement, subtle vegetable funk (Jamaican rum style). Ripe lemon, cloves, dry dirt.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Dry, dirty and grassy. Sweeter orange starts do develop overtime alongside peppery oak spices, more subtle fruits, minerals and a bit of peat.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium+ long and dry. Oak spice, clay, raw potato, dry grass and slightly salty. Funk and peat lingers.

  68. Kreimann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      maritime smoke, citrus note, metallic, vanilla,
    • Taste
      86 86
      Vanilla, tangy citrus, iodine, oak, smoked ham, but less smoke than the nose imagines
    • Finish
      85 85
      first sweet then spicy dry, medium length, salty, smoke

  69. ChrisE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  70. mandragoru scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  71. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky. Good approaches. Dry on the palate. A bit peppery at the back. For 60 € a purchase.

  72. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  73. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Quite multifaceted, although the malt aromas are too dominant for me. Doesn't do justice to the hype, especially when you compare it to other peers.
    • Nose
      85 85
      slightly smoky-ashy sweet malt and vanilla sugar, soft caramel, honeycomb and heather honey, black smoked ham, then the mineral chalk note so typical for Kilkerran, grilled meat marinade, ripe lime and pineapple, straw, almond flakes, hints of spicy oak and coriander, pear wedges
    • Taste
      85 85
      mineral malt, sweet toffee, smoke and ashes in a bed of straw, smoked ham, slightly astringent, honey, salty chalk, pineapple and orange, marsala notes, oily-earthy texture, vanilla, sandalwood, cocoa
    • Finish
      84 84
      Ash and caramel, smoky malt and straw, salt, earthy and oily, spicy and dry with a touch of oak and pepper, honey, cocoa, a touch of clove and hazelnuts, vanilla, a little citrus

  74. whiskybro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Hints of vanilla, oak, alcohol relatively well integrated, no smoke. Memories of when it hasn't rained for a long time in summer and then starts to rain come up.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Decent sweetness, a bit bitter but not dry, strong for 46% fills the mouth well.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Oak, mineral, light fruits. Slight aromas of smoke through the nose on exhalation. Finish rather long.

  75. bvrsky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  76. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  77. Max70 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Extremely refreshing, flowers and fruits are the its core. In my opinion is better appreciated in warm periods rather than in winter...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  78. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Initially some weird wet cardboard-like taste, but after some time it recovers. Sone dirty notes, slightly peated notes, typical style. Pretty pleasant.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A bit of sulphur, earthy notes, slightly peaty and a whiff of smoke, dirty, tar. Some citrus fruits as well.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Initially a bit of wet cardboard now, musty, and pretty some power, pepper. Later on more fruits and caramel, with still an earthy note and smoother, softer.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pretty smooth now with a smoky, peaty edge, some fruits, middle long finish.

  79. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  80. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another very good standard edition from this uprising distillery.
    I love the purity profile of Glengyle present also in this bottling.
    I not like that much the touch of sweetness coming from some sweet casks used for this edition.
    I am looking forward to tasting new releases in the next years. Eventually new editions will be better than initial ones as in the case of 8yo and 12yo.

  81. Glenladdie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  82. dapoinbua scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  83. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Super crafted. The relationship to the 12yo can be clearly seen. It is certainly not very challenging and rather made for "easy drinking".

    Definitely recommended for the issue price.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Herbs, honey, cough, lime, Alsatian Riesling.
      Mineral and harmonious.
      Light peat.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Relatively similar to the nose.
      Salt and vanilla are added.
      Round and balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Dry and medium length.

  84. KSC711 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  85. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  86. yggr scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  87. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  88. OJK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Quite an intriguing nose with rubber, fennel, marzipan, milky elderflower, and acidic citrus fruits, followed by ever growing tropical notes of kiwi and banana, alongside soft farmy smoke. More mineral and chalk on the palate, with black pepper and honey, some waxy coconut and wet soil. The finish is once again softly smokey with salt and black pepper nougat.

  89. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  90. bikenerd did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    email from Kilkerran sales team:
    We plan on bottling our Kilkerran 16Y/O once a year (hopefully around August). The first release in 2020 had around 8,600 bottles worldwide, with the hope to increase this slightly each year.

  91. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  92. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  93. Simmy1903 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Loving this whisky, Very well put together and balanced. Just a simple down to earth flavoursome dram with no fancy finishes. As a first dram of the day it takes a kot of beating.

  94. Nklto scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    What a drum! I can nose this for a long time. Very pleasant. It tastes even better. But the after taste is the best. It leaves me puzzled. Is that for real? Just sniff the empty glass after you emptied it. This in my opinion is what a scotch whisky should taste like. All well done!

  95. Sander79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  96. maxgrey993 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: intense, open, slightly prickly at first. From the very beginning, it reveals itself with very light smoky motifs, then a bright vanilla, caramel and creamy theme emerges almost immediately (my first association is a kind of creme brulee with smoke), along with it you can hear floral, fruity (peach; ripe apple; fresh lemon), sour mineral motives. A little later, the aroma is noticeably smoothed out, the causticity goes away, in parallel, a salty theme and wood appear, it becomes very delicate and fresh.

    The taste is at first sweet and sour, with fruity notes, then leaving into a spicy theme. Creamy motives; light smoke; oak; salted caramel.

    The aftertaste is fresh, intense, spicy-woody-salty, while continuing the caramel-creamy theme, with hints of lemon peel, the salty lasts for a long time. Average duration.

    A very fresh, bright release, a wonderful example of bourbon (well, almost) aging. The aroma is beautiful, while at first it did not quite impress, but soon it began to play with different colors, while several times it changed into a mineral-salty, then into a vanilla-cream theme, while somewhere nearby there was a branded delicate smoke, perfectly brightening up this picture ... The taste was a little disappointing, I involuntarily expected a little more after this aroma (although it is bright, excellent and fresh in itself), the aftertaste, in turn, somewhat straightened the situation.

    In general, an excellent malt, which seemed to me even a little older than its age. You can definitely sit with him longer. Once again I'm convinced that Campbeltown doesn't make bad whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  97. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  98. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    88.5
    Blue blind glass.
    One of the really good standards. Better to have such a great item than the umpteenth young sherrymalt in cask strength.
    • Nose
      89 89
      88.5
      Light, vanilla, fruit, flower meadow, very, very mild dirt - I wouldn't call it smoke yet.
      Widening over time, indicating its age. The 46% seem very appropriate.
    • Taste
      89 89
      89.5
      Nice, a lot comes and develops. The 46%, age and profile harmonize really well - it's fun.
      Starts light, sparkling, shows its Campbeltown side directly, less vanilla and less playful.
      Simply delicious, round, harmonious, direct and light fruit sweetness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium only. For a long time it is too light in the profile and the key data.

  99. Ninofdram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  100. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  101. Speedo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  102. birkzehn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  103. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  104. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  105. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  106. Maltimizer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Malty sweet with caramel and vanilla, restrained smoke, mineral notes, some green apple and citrus fruits
    • Taste
      85 85
      Quite tangy, citrus fruits, quite strong oak spice, muesli, red pepper
    • Finish
      85 85
      Warm and medium length, still strong oak and light freshness

  107. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    All in all this seems to me like an unsherried, mellower, more rounded and creamy version of the 12-year-old (I've actually poured a dram of the younger sibling to compare the two). I wouldn't even say that it's inherently more complex: the sherry/bourbon cask combo of the 12 y.o. may even deliver a bit more variety (on the nose at least). Yes, it's less spicy and punchy, and the - really good - ex-bourbon wood make for a lovely finish, but otherwise it's still a very comparable experience.
    • Nose
      87 87
      I'm not especially impressed with the initial nose, which strikes me as younger, more fermentary and acidic than I would've expected. I'm guessing there's a rather high proportion of refill casks involved to maintain the integrity of the peat smoke. So it appears like a rather distillate-driven bottling at first. I get smokiness (with a distant farmy aspect), lemon, saltiness, and something faintly metallic, like copper or polished steel.
      With time, it becomes more maritime and mineral (beach sand & rock pools). The lemons could now be said to shade over into green apples, and with even more breathing time, we move toward pineapple. These impressions are not very prominent, though: there really isn't that much overt (or especially sweet) fruitiness to be found. But then again, that fits the Campbeltown profile, does it not?
      After about 45 minutes in the glass, the wood rises up, and here it actually gains an extra point: there's definitely some high-quality, super-clean, spot-on ex-bourbon oak in this vatting, adding an extra layer of depth and providing a much-needed sense of age. Now it noses much more like 16-year-old, perhaps even an 18-year-old.
      However, while the nose does open up nicely and is very harmonious overall, it still doesn't strike me as sufficiently different from the 12 y.o. (which also has an 87-point nose in my estimation) to warrant spending at least twice as much money.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very convincing and intense on the palate. A refreshingly sour start (lemons and green apples again), spices and peat building up, then a late creamy sweetness from the ex-bourbon wood, with soft oak spices and mildly peppery smoke at the death. Not super complex, though. I believe on the palate I prefer the 12-year-old.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The equilibrium of the universe is restored as the finish easily beats that of the 12-year-old. Less acrid and aggressive (not using these terms negatively here), more prolonged, relaxed, self-assured, and wood-driven (in a good way, see my high praise of the cask quality above).

      [EDIT: after a couple of minutes, I get a slight sense of musty, moldy cask staves, which may be down to the Marsala wood. Since I only have a 5 cl sample, I can't go back and re-assess this impression, but if it holds up, I'd be inclined to subtract one or two points here.]

  108. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  109. Expraesi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  110. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    2020.11.10.
    • Nose
      Mellow, fruity peat, crispy, fresh fruits, green apple, heather honey. Slightly resinous. Very clean, and really quiet sweet, but without the conscious association, I would not say it has any wine influence in the vat.
    • Taste
      Initially fresh, crispy, then sweeter. The peat is a touch more herbal then on the nose, but remains rather aromatic then not. With time and water, it becames much more luscious.
    • Finish
      Luscious and sweet fresh fruits

  111. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    tried with 49.2% from Virtual Tasting Pack 2020

  112. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

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