Kilkerran Heavily Peated

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peat in Progress - Batch 4
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 May 2021 5:47 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 79.19

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Heavily Peated

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.31 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Bottled on April 6th, 2021, almost a full year later than batch # 3, which came from March 2020. The youthfulness slowly wears off, it has been hanging around for a long time in the finish. If you like the Kilkerran HP in general, you definitely can't go wrong with it here.
    • Nose
      87 87
      It wasn't that long ago that I emptied batch # 3, so I can still remember that smoky nose, which again doesn't come across as phenolic or medicinal, but rather earthy and loamy. In any case, a warm peat note that can be found here in the nose, accompanied by a good handful of caramel candies and fudge. Slightly mineral, fresh and fruity with apricots, mandarins and oranges, plus a little fresh yeast dough.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The power that he has only manifests itself in a warmth that spreads comfortably on the tongue. Warm (caramelized) smoke that does not tend towards Islay, but has its own character together with the Campbeltown minerality that hits at the same time. Salt water wetted pebbles, apricots, dried peaches. Caramel (again: a lot!), Honey, coffee with milk, marzipan.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, woody dry, slightly smoky. The caramel candy was large and still hasn't gone away in the finish. With marzipan and milk chocolate. Somehow doesn't want to say goodbye at all, like guests who want to tell one to five taunts from their life at the door when they leave. But it doesn't bother here ...

  2. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Earthy peat, vanilla and plenty of barley and oats. Caramel fudge. Unripe pears. Hay or actually it tends more to flattened festival grass on a hot summer day (if you ever been to one you know that smell!). Lemons too.
    • Taste
      Peat again and limes. Vanilla too. Caramel fudge. Barley notes. And a bit of milk chocolate. But also a hint of cabbage. Pink grapefruit. Minerals, somewhat salty and black peppercorns.
    • Finish
      Mid-long to long with quite some lingering peat. Vanilla and salted caramel. Minerals again and there is a touch of oak.

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is very earthy but fresh with notes of unripe yellow apples, peat smoke, vanilla cream and citrusy yeast dough.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is oily, very peppery and has a beautiful sweetness and spiciness with notes of smoked meat and unripe fruits.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium lenght and peppery with domination of maritime notes along with white pepper and fruity peat smoke.

  4. OJK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Meringue and raspberry on the nose, which curiously sits perfectly alongside the smoked trout, wet straw and candied seaweed. Dense and oily on the palate, with aniseed syrup, lemon cake with vanilla cream. The finish brings in citrus smoke, sweet mints and honeyed oysters. Very much a young Campbeltown rendition of heavy peat, with more funky oils than burning piles of ash. Delicious stuff, and surprisingly easy to sip even at that ABV.

  5. just 2thetop scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Well Batch 4 is a more mature whisky than Batch 3
    Certainly richer in those traditional bourbon vanilla and caramel notes.
    Great oily mouth feel!
    For me it shines brighter than the standard 12s or 8s
    Comparable with single cask/ v. small batch expressions so is more hit or miss depending on individual taste
    I have been tasting both 3 and 4 side to side for some time.
    Both are excellent in their own right
    Still I think my money is still on the younger expression
    though I suspect most would choose the Batch 4 for its natural progression

  6. Simon Stood scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not balanced. Little taste, lots of salt and youth. Balance 21. Total 83. It is not entirely clear why this malt was bottled at that age. The barrel is clearly multiple fill and did not have time to work in this case
    • Nose
      81 81
      The aroma is young enough, there is a slight mash. There is little smoke in autumn. Yeast dough, citrus-pomelo. Not attractive. twenty
    • Taste
      84 84
      Rather dense, does not match the aroma. Sun-dried fruits, salt, a little tar. 21
    • Finish
      84 84
      Average duration. White pepper, dried mint, salt. 21

  7. Malthead83 scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Absolutely awesome.
    Nose: sweet smoke ???? Maritime also fruity.
    On the palate: the sweetness then fades into smoke, then a mix of fruit and sweet and sour with maritime notes.
    The balance is for the young age would appreciate so 6-8-9 years old, unfortunately very awesome.
    Exactly my prey scheme. Alcohol super involved. The range is also called peat in progress, I don't know whether it will get much better. But if that's just the beginning I'm a new fanboy from Kilkerran. The 12 year old is not bad as a looser tongue, but this one is absolutely awesome.

  8. Maltimizer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Immediately sweet peat smoke, malt stands out, salty caramel, grapefruit, subtle oak spice and slightly herbaceous
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong start thanks to the almost 59%, oily, sweet shortbread biscuits, citrus fruits, then immediately again the peat smoke, honey, pepper, hazelnuts and aniseed
    • Finish
      88 88
      Relatively long, peat smoke, maritime and sweet, oak becomes stronger in the finish

  9. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Lovely dram, what I liked most was the finish where I first thought of allsorts. For the 65 euro I see on the side I would but myself a bottle.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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


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