St. Kilian 2016

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Cask
Calculated age
04 years old
ex-Bunnahabhain Staoisha casks
Number of bottles
63.3 % Vol.
500 ml
Ambassador's Choice (Mario Rudolf & Gavin Ryan Thomson)
Bottle code
Los-Nr. 210808
de Germany
Added on
27 jun 2021 11:24 pm by VersteckterBenutzer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 79.76

3 × in wishlist

15 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky reviews for St. Kilian 2016

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.55 points.

  1. Official tasting note

    Together with our Honorary Brand Ambassador Gavin Ryan Thomson, Master Distiller Mario Rudolf has created a special bottling: Our mild recipe meets ex-Bunnahabhain Staoisha barrels. This special special bottling is strictly limited and a complex single malt whisky that impresses with its fruitiness, followed by nuts and light smoky notes.

    ~ Single malt whisky
    ~ not smoky
    ~ Bottled with 63.3% vol.
    ~ Matured for over 4 years in ex- Bunnahabhain Staoisha barrels
    ~ Double distilled in our original Scottish pot still stills
    ~ A sweet fruitiness of lemon sorbet with light oak notes and a certain nuttiness. Light smoke makes the single malt even more complex.
    ~ Natural color
    ~ not cool-filtered
    ~ In the St. Kilian pot still bottle with high-quality gift packaging
    ~ Item number: DJ000193-001
    ~ 69.90 € including VAT

  2. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    There's some immaturity on the palate that might be exacerbated by the high abv, but adding water makes a big difference. The nose is relatively mature and nicely balanced.
    • Nose
      Some very subtle vegetal peat on the nose, as well as sauerkraut (and I'm not just saying that because this is German whisky). But it's mainly the notes of vanilla custard, barley husks, warm milk and mint that stand out. There's also a hint of baked apples and orange peel. Extremely inviting.
    • Taste
      It comes in a bit hot (the abv is massively high after all) with white pepper and ashy notes from the Staoisha cask. Water is no luxury and brings out vanilla notes, smoked barley husks, peanut skins, as well as green tobacco and aniseed. There's a touch of charred lemon peel as well.
    • Finish
      Some chalk, a touch of smoke and apple sauce. Medium in length.

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

    I really enjoyed this third bottling from St Kilian's Ambassasord's Choice range. The smoke from the ex-Bunnahabhain Staoisha casks imparted wonderfully subtle smoky notes to the unpeated new make after over four years of maturation, which complemented the citrus freshness, sweet vanilla notes and pear flavours perfectly to create a harmonious single malt. The strong 63.3% abv are noticeable, but not unpleasant, and also allow to play with water. Water makes this dram even fresher and smoother. A well chosen bottling!

    I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample!
    • Nose
      At first discreet peat smoke on the nose, which leaves plenty of room for vanilla, a malty sweetness, citrus notes and green pears. This is joined by notes of barley, toffee and fresh menthol.
    • Taste
      An intense and warming start on the palate, accompanied by sweet vanilla, toffee and lemon balm. The alcoholic spiciness is noticeable peppery, followed by pears, barley notes and subtle smoke that hovers over everything.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long with a malty sweetness and lightly salted caramel, accompanied by a touch of smoke.

      With water: After the addition of water, very fresh with noticeably more lime on the nose, accompanied by vanilla, barley, a touch of pepper and subtle smoke. Clearly tamer on the palate with a yummy sweetness of vanilla, toffee and caramel. This is accompanied by juicy pears and fine citrus notes. The finish is medium long, slightly warming with a malty sweetness and a hint of smoke.

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


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