Kilkerran Heavily Peated

Overall rating
86.48/100
votes
229
Whiskybase ID
WB183436
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peat in Progress - Batch 4
Bottled
06.04.2021
Casktype
80% ex-bourbon and 20% ex-sherry casks
Strength
58.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
21/59
Barcode
610854001513
Added on
14 may 2021 5:47 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 110.41

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran Heavily Peated

54 users have left 55 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.48 points.

  1. megakerstin scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A young malt that lacks complexity to warrant the price.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Soot, lemons, industrial greas
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sharp, forceful, dirty. Not much complexity but powerful.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Stays for quite some time on pumpkins and grease.

  2. JJKATED scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  3. thebonewolf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Fried dough, campfire smoke. Sweet, mineral, floral.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Fried dough. Pepper. Oily. Herbal.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Some coffee-like malt with a bit of spice. Medium.

  4. Kawauso scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  5. sarthur71 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Too young, too fast, too expensive... Why?
    • Nose
      84 84
      some alco, some wood, some peat. no more...
    • Taste
      82 82
      strong bitterness
    • Finish
      81 81
      very short

  6. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 08-11-2022. 83-85

  7. Larry411 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Salted peanuts and their shells, bitter ash, lemon poppy seed bread, cajun spices, fresh dirty strawberries, raspberry and blueberry tea, plastic toys, menthol cigarettes, and caramel Crème Brûlée.

    At first crack, this was wild, too ashy, and the alcohol wasn't well integrated (85/100). After letting it breathe after first opening and oxidizing more in the bottle (after just one day), it is much better: the peat and alcohol has now integrated with the flavours (88/100), though it still needs to sit some 30-40 minutes after opening.

  8. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  9. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sample
    • Nose
      Sulphur, dirt and mold in a healthy dose.
      Slightly sweet and mineral. Subtly floral. And some smoke with subtle ash.
    • Taste
      Sweet, smoky ash...citrus subtle. Salty caramel.
    • Finish
      Dry spicy...slightly sweet.

  10. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I like it.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Quite a simple nose with a focus on soft, weighty peat that’s on the chalky, slightly medicinal side. I also get orange sherbet, subtle orchard fruit.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Still really peaty, also peppery and a bit hot - youthful. Vanilla, grapefruit, chalk, grapes.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A bit fruitier, with the peat leaning on its medicinal and brackish aspects. Still simple and young, but good.

  11. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    If the new Ardbeg Committees are ranked so high, I can't understand why this one should get less than 88 points.

    A very clean, heavily smoky cask strength malt that doesn't need an overdone finish. If it's young cask strength, please do so.
    • Nose
      89 89
      88.5
      The smoke hits you as you pour. Dried ham, restrained sweetness, dry straw, distinctly fudge. Just clean and the alcohol super well integrated in the Glencairn.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Slight sweetness, dry hay, not sharp at all for the age and percentage. Not particularly complex, but what is there is very well made for a young cask strength. Slightly oily and well balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, sweetish dry with lots of dry battens.

  12. Thoma scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Overall this is a good batch. Separated and differentiated aromas
    • Nose
      87 87
      One of the best noses of 2021 for me. Buttery biscuits at first, then honey, lemon and green tea. With water it brings chamomile (!) and accentuated green tea leaves. Well integrated peat on the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Great balance with green tea, sweet aromas and smoke. Then straw and lemon..but it shows its potential with water.
    • Finish
      87 87
      as good as the nose

  13. Finn2206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice balance of peat and a light Campbeltown funk. Looping forward to next batches.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Kilkerran Heavily Peated 58.6%.

    Sample at home, Dec 2021.

    Golden dark yellow, faded.

    Aroma is citric yet burnt, big on the grapefruit, sort of milky/yoghurty, apricot yoghurt. Young but I quite like the big grapefruit note. ‘Fresh’! Over time the fresh grapefruit fades and it becomes more milky, soggy sponge cake, raspberry ice cream.

    Taste is easy up-front, just slightly biscuity, again the big grapefruit vibes then the smoke quickly takes over. Becoming big.

    I do enjoy the interplay between the grapefruit and the big peaty punch.

    A mixed bag. I'm not loving the aroma. The taste is not complex. But that grapefruit is unique and the smoke is potent, and they just work together. That little touch of biscuity oak in behind, maybe some fatty gammon soaked in citrus. That grapefruit flavour really makes it. A solid whisky overall. 3.525/84

  15. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    15.01.2022:
    Uncommon whisky. Young and kicking. Whisky born to evoke polar emotions. I have these emotions with a "+" sign. Phenomenal.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very smoky, malt and peat, grill, stewed vegetables, salty, straw, industrial notes, smoke, lemon, dichlorvos, smokiness permeates the aroma, vanilla, cake, hint of yeasty notes, heaps of raspberries, grain on the elevator.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Salty, oily, grill, burst of sweet fruit, smoke, raspberry, ash.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Smoky ashy, buttery, juicy, sweet, date, raspberry, lingering, BBQ.

  17. Spoerkel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A solid peaty malt. I don't understand why he's called "heavily peated". Despite the peat, you can taste that it's not an Islay malt. This is not meant to be judgmental, but purely descriptive. The bourbon cask shimmers through in a pleasant way. When I drink, I keep thinking about rice paper. Solid.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. DannyHill scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      creamy, vanilla, creme brulee, nutty
    • Taste
      89 89
      stone fruit, vanilla, lightly spicy, gently funky
    • Finish
      89 89
      long & fruity

  19. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Young and wild - in progress is the program, needs a few more years in the barrel to be ready to drink
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sharp alcohol, clear smoke, caramel and nougat - the typical components of young fabric - slightly maritime notes
    • Taste
      83 83
      A reflection of the impressions in the nose
    • Finish
      84 84
      Smoky and already a hint of wood

  20. Tjosten scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. KB201 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    With the 'Peat In Progress' series, Campbeltown Distillery Kilkerran is breaking new ground. Batch 4 matured 80% in bourbon casks and 20% in ex-sherry casks. Limited bottling!
    • Nose
      Maritime with sea salt and sweet peat smoke. Roasted marshmallows and campfire with floral earthy notes of heather.
    • Taste
      Complex and mature with peat smoke and malt biscuits. Sweeter notes of honey and some liquorice follow.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky with malty grain notes, maritime tones and oak.

  22. besar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  23. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I like Kilkerran very much. So far I like the "normal" Kilkerrans better. For me, this Heavily Peated is more solid to good. Somehow I still miss a bit of age. But with a little more maturity, it's definitely more fun. The special Kilkerran character and smoke paired with a little age can be good. So the malt is not quite ready for me.

  24. Izzino scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Very strong malt, rather mineral than smoky, also bourbon, earthy with tones of vanilla, almonds, vegetables,
    Taste: it is peat whisky, but I would not call it Heavily peated, again perhaps more mineral, stout, sweet, but at the same time slightly salty. Feel the taste: honey, citrus, apricot, peach and dried fruit. I really wouldn't guess so much alcohol, but as a result my feeling is positive and I have to say that whisky is very good to drink.

  25. jegerinho scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Sander79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  29. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What a positive surprise. Kilkerran is developing into one of my favorite ... "brands" you have to say here. Sorry, dear "Springer-Disciples", but for me Glengyle is not only the more modern, but the better Springbank.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Great nose, a lot of bourbon barrel influence noticeable - vanilla, caramel, peach, apricot are not hiding behind the peat at all, but are leading aromas. A little water then releases more of the - typically Campbeltown - mineral.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite sweet start, which becomes a little clearer with water. Add some cookie dough to the apricot. The mineral peat carries the other aromas. When undiluted, the filling with E. an excellent swimmer.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The fruit turns even more towards the citrus. It then fades away minerally. Medium length

  30. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    No time for tasting notes. I will say that this one has more maturity than the last two. I disagree with some reviewers on this point. I do think it might have an extra year over last year's release. It's still relatively young.

    Kilkerran seems to store many of its casks on concrete floors, as opposed to Dunnage. This gives them more of a mescal note but it is not always due to the age being young. I prefer Springbank's dunnage aging when they do not use concrete floored warehouses. It's not the end of the world if casks are stacked on concrete but it's not the best.

    Let this be a declaration to Mitchell: dunnage matters, tradition matters. Storing casks on concrete like Kilchoman is not the ticket to excellence.

    Kilchoman uses fantastic Buffalo Trace casks and then throws away the advantage through poor warehouse aging practices.

    I've seen what's his face, the owner of Kilchoman, talk. I paid for a nice dinner and tasting featuring him as the speaker. He is a very nice English windbag. Quite a boring speaker.

    The fact remains that he is not aging many of his casks to advantage. Nice guy though.

    It's too bad that Springbank never offers tastings and dinners in other countries. That would be cool. But I guess it's unnecessary because the product is moving so well these days.

    Still, sending a guy from Campbeltown, like Peter, the young guy Ralf Mitchell interviewed, would be great.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffIDf_WtKpk

    Send him around the world on speaking tours. Charge a lot for the dinners and tastings. People would pay handsomely. I know I would. I these times of covid when folks aren't traveling to Campeltown, especially from outside the UK, that would be very cool of Springbank to do.

    As I've long said, introducing a Springbank or Kilkerran whisky with the name Crosshill Loch would be cool. The whole take of that loch and the royal whatever who dug it out is good theater for a whisky. Come out with a nice funky offering that features the loch. Call it Crosshill Loch and play it up. People would LOVE it.

    I also think an offering with the weird mermaid cross in Campbeltown would be good. Your guys' cross filled with all sorts of carved very interesting weirdness beats Kildalton, hand over fist. And look how much mileage Ardbeg got out of that.

  31. jazzvilly scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  32. 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.

  33. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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

  34. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  35. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 74 points Shoplink Moderator

    I tried to taste it yesterday because there was a possibility. And especially because Batch 1 was a really scary experience for me. Well, to cut a long story short, Batch 4 is not much better.

    And a little longer version: Maybe Batch 4 is a little nicer on the nose, but still very unpleasant in taste. Too young, rough, hard, astringent and for me practically without any pleasing taste sensations. And even the proper addition of water won't help much. All in all, still closer to new make than to any proper single malt. An almost insurmountable affair for me. More precisely, I drink it, but I don't enjoy it extra.

    By the way, I can't shake the impression that this is such a bottle for the bottle itself. I wouldn't even want it for free. And I don't understand the high rating here at all.

  36. Yarema scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This is a delicious hooch - moonshine, but not a very good whisky. I'm trying to understand the purpose of these releases. Somehow everything is not balanced and falls apart in the mouth. Maybe this is the style ))
    Nose - 20
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 20
    Rating - 82

  37. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. holborndrinker scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A decent dram - will put hairs on your chest
    • Nose
      80 80
      Gentle smoke notes - the alcohol behaves itself.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The smoke comes through pleasantly on the palate, quite sweet and fruity
    • Finish
      82 82
      Some spice lingers - slight bitterness.

  39. 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.

  40. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Seems younger than the previous batch. A splash of water is recommended to mellow down the raw edge.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pastry, peat, tangerine and fig. Water makes it more subtle with some chocolate-covered gingerbread and apple.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Peat, orange, fig and bread.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Peat, orange, fig and dough.

  41. 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.

  42. besar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  43. just 2thetop scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  44. olegborgol scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Scarab, is that you ?!) In fact, expectations were higher ..

  45. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  46. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    In short: pretty OK on the palate, definitely not that much on the nose and not in the finish
    • Nose
      81 81
      Toffee, vanilla, caramelized pears, seabreeze, iodine, little kippery, little smoky and peaty, wet hay, little honey, medicinal, little citric
    • Taste
      85 85
      Punchy, oily, even little creamy, subtle sweetness, quite citric, vanilla, more medicinal, iodine, peaty, smoky, spices, little herbal, hints of cardboard
    • Finish
      79 79
      Long, warm, spicy, more peaty and smoky, more kippery, vegetative, cabbage, coal gas, probably also yeasty

  47. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    All in all, certainly not the most complex Heavily Peated Single Malt. But for me it was a pleasant experience. I bump into a subtle rubber note alone. Otherwise, this Kilkerran offers me an association that I like: Sweet Smoked Summer Barbeque. I think the current price of around 60 € is just ok, because after adding water, this bottle comes out for me well over 70 cl.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Smoke, clear, but no trace of disinfectant or the like, but a touch of rubber, but not too intrusive. An underlying acidity and something slightly metallic surround a sweetness that only spreads over time. I add water on the second run and am rewarded: The whisky is now less strong in the nose and the gummy note takes a back seat.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The 58.6% vol. do not hide. A brisk start without water. The smoke, which looks a bit colder in the nose, is now warmer, giving space to the unobtrusive sweetness that spreads on my tongue. The spiciness of the oak barrels complements this appropriately and the only downer is not the slight bitterness that plays around it all, but the gummy note that is also present in the taste, but at least very restrained. With water: significantly more balanced. The alcohol seems so much better integrated, the sweetness and the smoke get along even better and here too the gummy note disappears a bit.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to long finish. In my opinion the strongest aspect of this batch is 4. Why? The not-too-loving rubber note disappears quickly and makes room for something that I really like: barbeque with smoker smoke. The sweetness disappears after a short time and leaves a lot of space for this impression, which I associate with relaxed summer weekends. With water: The finish doesn't change that much for me, but it also looks a bit more balanced for me.

  48. Derufus scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  49. 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

  50. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Bottled on April 6th, 2021, almost a full year later than batch # 3, which dates 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
      88 88
      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 he has only manifests itself in a warmth that spreads comfortably on the tongue. Warm (caramelized) smoke that doesn’t tend towards Islay, but rather has its very own character together with the Campbeltown minerality that hits it 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 ...

  51. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  52. Whiskynerding 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.

  53. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fruity with heavy peat, interesting style not unpleasant

  54. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very warm, warming, suitable for wet weather, release.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Through the smoke rise the aromas of fruits and dried fruits, sweetness. The smoke is warm, which is good.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is sweet, very smoky, which is why some other notes are inferior.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The aftertaste is tart, smoky, sweet.

  55. Maltimizer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • 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

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