St. Kilian Bud Spencer - The Legend

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
ex-Bourbon & ex-Amarone
Batch 01
49.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Los-Nr. 210215
Added on
17 feb 2021 1:59 pm by Vassago Clynelish

Average value

€ 50.82

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83 × member ratings

424 × in collection

Whisky reviews for St. Kilian Bud Spencer - The Legend

18 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.81 points.

  1. KEngelaar scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Very interesting. A good competition for Islay single malts aged 10-12 years. A bit pricey, but scottish whisky enthusiasts are welcomed to try it. The ex-Amarone cask really harmonizes with the smoke. I am deeply impressed.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet, caramel, vanilla and smoky, but the smoke reminds me of pine tar. It is relatively volatile on the smoke note in the nose. This reveals pears and a red wine note. The caramel remains.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Again rather pine tar instead of peat smoke. Herbs and intense spices. Two shots into a bean stew à la Bud would be a really great addition.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Spicy, intense smoke. When the smoke fades, it reveals pears and gentle oak. Then the smoke and the red wine notes remain.

  2. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, it wasn't really my thing. It was probably the order… I hope. Will answer noma another time to be on the safe side. Everything for science! Naturally …
    • Nose
      Shiny gold

      OK…. Error on my part. Previously had Talisker and Caol Ila. Wrong order.
      Smells more like a slightly smoky gin to me right now. Significantly juniper and a note of fruit tart. Hints of raspberry and caraway. No, that's not going to happen today in the order.
      With a little time in the glass damp wood And somehow potatoy. Food starch. A pleasant sweetness lies behind the Obstler. Now more sour plums sprinkled with a bit of sugar. Subtly malty.
    • Taste
      Watery start. Some chamomile and again the juniper. The smoke is there, but holds back.
      Surprisingly sweeter and creamier on the second sip. Some melted chocolate and slivers of almonds. Now the plums and unripe sour cherries again. Subtle saltiness.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Surprisingly bitter and tart. Then sweet with a pleasant smoky note.

  3. notesofmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    St. Kilian Bud Spencer Whisky, smoky, 49% alc. Original bottling. Expansion: Italian Amarone red wine barrels and American bourbon barrels.

    Nose: The smoke dominates the nose. Burned leaves, brown coal and solvents, the smell of workshop and used oil. Subtle fruit aromas emerge behind this. Some banana and unripe pear, lightly burnt caramel.

    Palate: Slightly oily character, the peat smoke retains the aromas described in the nose, the caramel becomes stronger, fudge and pear compote are added, supplemented by pepper and ginger.

    Finish: Rather short to medium length, ash and peat smoke, slightly tart sweetness.

    Conclusion: young and smoky, especially the nose is wonderful. As a rule, I don't compare whisky from Germany to Scottish single malts, but this one here can keep up wonderfully with the peat bombs of the Isle of Islay. Really well done, should be tried. 85/100 points (2021). I thank the distillery for the sample.

  4. Hemdl scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Fits Bud Spencer a bit like Carlo Pedersoli in his best days for figure skating.
    Surprisingly sweet, the smoke rather moderately pronounced and, due to the reduced alcohol strength, neither strong nor particularly direct. In the finish one notices the youth that was previously whitewashed.
    If you want to pay homage to a certain film hero, why not create a whisky that goes with him? With Bud Spencer that would be a strong, rough and strong malt with character. Not a sweet fabric softener mixture that more embodies the Charmin Bear.
    Overall not a catastrophic, albeit not a particularly good malt. But doesn’t fit at all with the distinctive man that you had to put on the label.

  5. RJKrueger scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Yes, well, he's not a complexity monster and a real smokey, but also a rock solid, really smoky whisky. You can even have a drink there.
    He doesn't have to hide from other young smokers from Scotland.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke ! The woody kind. Sweet vanilla and light fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Decent start that you can slow down a bit with water. Then it becomes a little rounder. The taste keeps what the nose promises with a lot of sweetness and adds a nice flavor.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is not bad, but it is simply too short for a better rating.

  6. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I'm surprised! I definitely should have bought 2 bottles.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A good start. Very delicious. Reminiscent of Kilchoman or Laphroaig. Does not bite at all at 49%. Impressive.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Wow! Initial notes of some semi-heavy smoke! Can easily compete with the likes of Ardbeg and Kilchoman. Taste profile very much like a Kilchoman. Meaty and citrusy with a proper burst of smoke.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Nice and long. Charred wood and citrus. A very good finish.

  7. glenrob scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

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

    A sweet, fruity and spicy single malt with a good dose of smoke. The flavours harmonise very well with each other, whereby the influence of the ex-Amarone casks is also very subtle here. Similar to the non-smoky version of the Bud Spencer whisky, only this case with a smoky punch. Pleasantly drinkable!

    I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample!
    • Nose
      Immediately, ashy smoke is on the nose. Behind it, sweet notes of vanilla and toffee emerge, accompanied by fruity pears as well as tropical fruits, mainly banana and pineapple. The cold smoke hovers discreetly above everything.
    • Taste
      On the palate, the smoke mingles with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel and honey. Pleasantly warming with a subtle peppery spiciness. Towards the finish more caramel tones and some toasted bread.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and warming, with caramel and a subtle ash note, and increasingly dry tannins.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water, the fruit notes are pushed into the background. What remains is vanilla, caramel and ashy smoke. Sweet on the palate with vanilla, toffee and honey, plus some banana, pepper and spicy smoke. The finish is still medium long with caramel, some banana, discreet smoke and dry tannins.

  9. craide scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Smooth, easy-to-drink malt. The Amarone barrel was possibly only used for coloring, in terms of taste I can't say that it was there.
    All in all, it's okay.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Slightly cooling smoke that looks like ash. Subtle smell of bacon. With some fruity pears with vanilla.
      Slightly sweet, makes the impression as if the smoke dissipates quite quickly.
      Then a somewhat bland-looking fruity-sweet component remains.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Relatively soft, oily start. Slightly tingling, spicy with pleasantly integrated alcohol and this nice, slightly cooling smoke. But I find the intensity of the smoke to be rather low. The fruitiness tends to decrease on the palate. Vanilla, oak spice and malt are a bit in the foreground here.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Short finish, ash, cooling, some pepper,

  10. whisky_invest_at scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Price / performance is just right here. I ordered the whisky on because it is / was the cheapest there in Austria. For € 50 you can't go wrong here.

  11. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      not very smoky, hints of pear, slightly sweet, vanilla
    • Taste
      82 82
      Caramel, slightly smoky
    • Finish
      81 81
      strange finish (probably due to the wine barrel finish)

  12. domani scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    For me, the smoky variant is rather easy drinking and clearly the better of the two Bud Spencer releases. In any case, it is more harmonious and well thought-out - 04/10/2021
    • Nose
      82 82
      Cold smoke, ash, mechanical oil, grassy, with a good will a bit of bacon flavor, alcohol is well integrated, it is very mild and aromatic
    • Taste
      85 85
      Malt sweetness, smoke, soft, mild aroma, very oily with a bit of ginger heat, reminds me of peppers in oil
    • Finish
      84 84
      Oily, slight barrel tingling in the mouth, phenolic smoke

  13. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  14. 2ndSip scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    sweet on the nose, spicy and smoky in taste.
    The only thing that bothers me is the transition from sweet smoke to a sulphurous component - it's not mine; for just under 50 euros then quite expensive.
    There may be good material in the near future, but the price is quite steep - we are almost in the price spheres of a Lagavulin 16 and it has probably 13 years more under its belt.
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky -> but do I need a (second) bottle?]
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sweet smoke, a bit peaty, sometimes a bit phenolic, a bit ashy campfire.
      light fruits (apricot, yellow apple), powdered sugar sweetness. Red fruits (tart cherries) also appear in the background - but regulated very far down.
      over time: wet hay, but becomes less ...
      The alcohol always sticks out, but is largely well integrated.
    • Taste
      81 81
      soft start, but flavor is added at the same time; peaty smoke is also immediately present.
      Sweet fruits are there, tingling on the tongue - ok, the youthful spiciness can be clearly felt here. Some oak and spicy tannins stick on the tongue.
    • Finish
      76 76
      ashy campfire smoke stays quite a long time. Slight acidity and some fruit.
      the smoke at the back becomes more and more sulphurous (gunpowder flakes).

  15. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. fradin11 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  17. MHFFMNN scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet, smooth smoke, vanilla, lemon, some orange, refreshing grassy notes.
    • Taste
      very refreshing, just light smoke that is slightly sweet. Plus some peppery spice, honey, rounded off by red wine flavours.
    • Finish
      the red wine lingers long and warm, again with some pepper which is quickly replaced by citrus notes. The whisky continues to water very nicely in the mouth.

  18. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    official description:

    Our Bud Spencer - Single Malt Whisky goes into the second round. For all tough boys and even tougher girls there is now the Smoky Bud Spencer Whisky.

    The popular composition of Italian Amarone red wine barrels and Bourbon barrels from the USA is also on the agenda here. This time, our barley malt comes from the Scottish Highlands and, in keeping with Bud Spencer's idea, is strongly smoky.

    Cheers - your fists are smoking!
    Bud Spencer - the legend

    ~ Single malt whisky - Made in Germany
    ~ Made from peated barley malt from the Scottish Highlands
    ~ Double distilled in our original Scottish pot still stills
    ~ distinct sweetness that goes hand in hand with the dominant smoke aromas
    ~ light caramel note followed by spice and a pleasant dryness
    ~ Natural color and not cold filtered
    ~ Bottled with 49% vol.
    ~ In a high quality bottle with a distinctive look and a real wooden cork closure
    ~ Item number: DJ000189-001
    ~ 700ml
    ~ € 49.90


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