Kilkerran 08-year-old

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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
08 years old
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks
Batch #5
56.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 Feb 2021 11:25 am by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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£ 88.49

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.50 points

  1. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Batch 5 of the 8-year-old cask strength and we have another winner on our hands. Very intense, heavy coastal spirit with a wonderfully integrated Oloroso influence. Compared to the re-charred Oloroso batch 4, I find this has slightly less wood influence and a touch more coastal character to it. Value (£48) : 9/10
    • Nose
      Initially nutty Oloroso sherry hits. Roasted salty peanuts. Tart dried cherries, plums, red dates. Green musty grapes. Demerara sugar and thick molasses. Then a wafting salty honey BBQ note. Loads of umami with roasted meats and mushrooms. The peat makes itself known. It is earthy and mineral with damp rocks and ocean air. Vegetal damp dunnage notes. Some black pepper warmth comes through with oak spices as well. Really enjoying the nose on this one it keeps improving with time.
    • Taste
      Very oily. Brown sugar and maple syrup. More tart dried red fruits reappear with morello cherries, dried plums and sour grape. Orange peel and cocoa nibs bring some bitter depth. Again that umami note comes forward. Honey-glazed smoked ham. more vegetal dunnage and less peat here on the palate though still plenty of salt and minerality. Salted peanuts. Then the oak spice hits. Chilli and candied ginger with some cinnamon and cloves. Drying tobacco and new leather.
    • Finish
      Medium to long in length. It is initially mouthwatering and spicy with that chilli hit continuing from the palate. Then it develops into a salted caramel mocha note. By the end just the salt remains and that remains on the palate for ages.

  2. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A lot has been said about this whisky, and a lot of it negative, which really baffles me. It reminds you just how confusingly subjective certain flavours can be. For me this is a gem with so much individual personality, and like most subjective opinions, it's hard to understand how anyone could think otherwise. But I guess that's the beauty of it all. Getting down to the whisky itself, it's pure Campbeltown funk, it's dirty and lactose, with an oily grease coating a rich forest fruits and chocolate mousse. A healthy dose of mocha on the finish, with an earthy smoke just starting to creep up. Reminds me of some Springbank 12's (from the 2016-2018 70% sherry batches) and a Ben Nevis 10 on steroids.

  3. JohnnyTheSmoker did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The prices in Germany are insane! Shot in Switzerland for 74.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In the beginning a little bastard, but that only turns out to be a teenage poser. Not an easy dram, it's challenging and a bit stubborn at first. But patience with him will ultimately be rewarded.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Even as a freshly poured Dram it delivers a nice musty, musty note, which initially disguises itself as a damp cellar with musty wooden shelves and fermented wake-up fruit, but then quickly comes out of cover and presses on the sulfur tube. First of all you think: Shit! It's probably only for the bin if you could have used the bills to light the fireplace. But no, time works wonders, as does oxygen: after standing still for a while, it has let off steam in terms of sulfur and the initial disappointment turns out to be a storm in the whisky glass.
      So now: raisins, dried figs and dates, fermented grapes, chocolate with a rum-grape-nut flavor. Espresso beans, nice flavoring of rosemary and lovage.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy start, pleasant and not biting despite proper ABV. Dry, directly with raisins and grapes (no longer fermented here). As if the standing time had also had an effect on the taste, it hardly shows any sulfur on the tongue. If I hadn't already had it in my nose, I would certainly not have noticed it here on the palate. Caramel candy, sugar beet syrup, malt. A little marzipan and peppered chocolate. A touch of rose petals.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, slightly dry. Fresh raisin bread, malt, almond chocolate, Christmas chocolate with cinnamon & coriander as a farewell.

  5. cfosterk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    First pour and the nose is very rubbery/sulphured. Needs time but still very evident in the nose and continues on the palate. If you're sulphur sensitive might be one to sample rather than buy a bottle. Quite fruity with leather and tobacco notes. Some smoke and peat. On the palate the initially sweet and fruity then some more rubber, oak, smoke and peat. A sensation close to popping candy with tingles and sensations all over the mouth, palate and tongue. Gains volume in the mouth if quite a bit thinner than the 57.1 release. Finish feels quite short initially but then the palate and sensations linger and leave you wanting more. Only part of the official tasting notes I recognise is sandalwood - certainly an exotic wood on the palate and finish. A pretty dirty profile that some will love??

  6. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Cocoa, coffee, dry leather, hazelnut, Kilkerran-typical wood smoke comes through, hot chocolate, thick raisins
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, hot chocolate, deep and aromatic oak spice, extremely creamy, light but increasing dryness, a lot of heat in the mouth
    • Finish
      90 90
      Creamy oak flavor, sweet and thick chocolate, Nutella, nice and smacky

  7. Whiskybilly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I am pleasantly surprised!

    At first I thought this bottling probably couldn't compete with the last Sherry Kilkerran 8Y bombshell. But it's doing very well and a bargain at the issue price.

    The fragrant, rubbery, dirty sulphurous nose turns into a play of aromas of cinnamon, maple syrup, nutty funky sherry with a little tobacco smoke after a few minutes. Very nicely integrated.
    On the palate, the whole thing unfolds from the front, as in the nose. From a little dirt to spices and the alcohol shows up with an impulse and ends with a little tingling.

    The finish looks a bit short at the beginning, but then the pleasant sherry sweetness sets in with a subtle dryness and ends for a long time.

    If you liked the first 8Y Sherry Kilkerran and you can enjoy a little dirt and sulfur, you will also enjoy this bottling!

  8. Captain Teague scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    After the recent comments I was afraid to try let's see...

    I tried it alone first / No head to head with the infamous 2019.

    Nose: Yes there is a sulfur note but it's not a sulphur bomb... a lot of smoke with time and water the sulphur settles and it turns into a great Campbeltown rabbit hole note (funky, Landluft) ;) besides that old school sherry flavour roasted nuts, spices a sweetness some fruits orange, maybe red fruits to discover...with water soapy notes..

    M: Nice mouthfeel(some water added today)...turns more 'coastal' still peat , sweetness ( caramel), more sour oranges, red fruits (Johannisbeeren) saltiness (....), nuts, amonds, some burnt matches..

    F: Sweet, interesting oak taste (they say it's Sandelholz I have to check my eau de toilette), some pepper, Landluft... (medium)

    Not as accessable as it's predecessor but much more Campbeltown/ Springbank CS batch 15 I think pops up in memory.. it's very demanding not an 'every day dram'. If you liked the work in progress sherry s that's what you can compare it to. Sure this will develop in the bottle. So rates may go up. I hope this batch helps of keeping the sherry bomb folks a bit away from kk ( the 2019 was just took pleasant)so prices will get back to normal..maybe another bourbon cask next year ;) / up to 70 EUR a no brainer. Definitely overpriced in Germany today.m Bought a bundle so it was ok. I go up after another tasting..this is Campbeltown.

  9. maximus208 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Very different whisky from the old buttling , taste much more of new make, smell much more of new make, not as much sherry as old one, it is worth 48 pounds but not more :(
    Compared to the old one it is much much younger whisky

  10. daverdaz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Mega good nose! Unfortunately an acid in the key that doesn't work ...!


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