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Kilkerran 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.55/100
votes
194
Whiskybase ID
WB192360
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Bourbon / 30% Sherry
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Label
New bottle shape 2021
Bottle code
25.06.21 21/116
Barcode
610854002527
Added on
24 sep 2021 2:04 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 50.66

54 × in wishlist

194 × member ratings

261 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.55 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With 70% bourbon and 30% sherry casks, Glengyle has found an optimal mixing ratio for the 12yo in my opinion. Has a certain resemblance to the cousin from over there, the Longrow Peated - you just have to think of the smoke from the Longrow ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Takes some time in the glass before it fully unfolds. If you give it the time, it rewards it with smoked peach wedges and a maritime, salty note. Lime wedges, flavored chocolate, nutmeg. A little chain fat - and also dried algae can be seen briefly.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy and soft start. Creamy caramel, toffee, heather honey, vanilla crescents. Dry wood, when I hit it on the tongue, I briefly feel that I can perceive a smoky note. Heather, bay leaves, allspice, chervil, pepper - the spicy note blends in wonderfully with the picture, the combination of caramel and toffee on the one hand, spices (+ salt) on the other hand ensures a varied interplay of aromas on the tongue.
    • Finish
      87 87
      After a note of wood gave the tongue a dry feeling in between, it finds its way back to its creaminess from the beginning. Medium length, lots of cream caramel, toffee, white chocolate.

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 89 points Super Administrator

    Some bottles tend to be sold out as soon as they hit the shelves, which in case of Kilkerran 12 should not come as a surprise. Like a chameleon, the nose ranges from citrus fruits, charcoal and hints of brine to farmland, ginger and band-aid. On the palate, the crisp and herbal arrival is followed by drying oak spices, lemon candies and just the right amount of peat, all very dense and spirit-driven. White pepper, chamomile and a dash of salt introduce the long and savory finish, lingering on with soot, tobacco and fresh mint. Load up the truck while you can!

    RATING: 4.2/5.0 stars ≙ 89 pts → FIRST-CLASS [+]
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. kevinmrn scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Good value, but without considering the price it is a top tier whisky.

    I would also note that this is a great all rounder. You get Bourbon casks, sherry (decent olorosos if I'm not mistaken), some smoke. And as a sherry on top some Campbeltown funk.

    Its not a thick oily whisky, its rather thin. Saying that after you take a sip, it is very mouth coating and full of flavour. But I wouldn't add too much water.

    Nose: Here is that funkyness, quite fruity, almost candy-like very spirit driven

    Palate: Now its just like travelling through the whisky regions, from salty coastal, to malty vanilla flavours, to some dark fruits, the sherry cask are here to greet you. Tiny bit of bitterness, but fades rather quickly

    Finish: Smoke comes through in the finish, dry wood smoke, which is quite an intense type of smoke considering its been in the background this whole while, some peppers

  4. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Malty, dirty, earthy, floral, slightly peaty. Dirtier than I remember it to be. Old books, leather, engine oil, caramel, dank tropical fruits, light orchard fruits, barley sugar, vanilla, dough, toast bread, mushrooms. Characterful, engaging, delicious.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. molpet scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow, this has to be one of the best 12y standards out there at the moment! I personally do not get much of a sherry influence, but it really does not matter here. There is a very nice balance of honey like sweetness, yellow fruits (pears, raisins, sultanas, banana), saltiness, spiciness (think ginger) and oak. Quite mineral, with good oily texture and medium finish. A hint of smoke and citrus as well. Very well done, indeed! A clear buying recommendation from me at a reasonable price (under 70 Euro).
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Another heels delivered by Slàinte Mhath.
    I wasn't too impressed with the first edition of the 12YO, but still landed on 88 points. This is a bit better than I seem to recollect the "old" one, so I can't give it less.
    A very good balance of casks for this batch.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Light sweet yellow fruits.
      Pear, mango, melon, light citrus.
      Sweet smoke with a hint of salty peat.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Here as well it arrives sweet and yellow.
      The peat develops along with quite a bit of spice.
      More spice than peat. Quite peppery spice.
      As the spice develop the yellow fruits fade and give way to more caramel sweets.
    • Finish
      88 88
      For a moment I thought it would go dry and feared it would go even further into astringent, but it was just a brief moment. An interesting twist as it remains both sweet and spicy in a quite long finish.

  7. Nyssis scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    I think the mix of bourbon and sherry works very well, here. With the sherry providing some discrete dark undercurrents under a bourbon-driven, warm and quite sunny surface.

    The whisky doesn't take much water, but a few drops can improve the nose and the finish, so might be worth trying.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Yellow fruits, such as ripe apples, sultanas and a touch of banana. Sweet, vanilla-flavoured and yeasty puff pastries, sprinkled with some icing sugar. Add to that a medium soft smokiness and some maritime notes, and you've got a warm and welcoming, yet balanced and nuanced nose. 87 points unwatered.

      A few drops of water brings out more nuances, especially in the fruit department. With water, it's 88 points, quite close to 89.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Here it's first those sweet, vanilla-flavoured and yeasty puff pastries, sprinkled with icing sugar, and second yellow fruit- Dried apples, sultanas, plums, and again a hint of banana. In the background, a nice bassy note of chocolate.

      Again the smoke is medium soft, sweet. The palette is oily, sweet and warmly inviting, but also has an herbal afterbite and some iodine. 88 points.

      The mid-palate is quite easy to overwater and doesn't seem to win much from it, so be careful
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quite long, surprisingly drying and with a fair bit of bitter herbs and idone, together with the smoke and yeastiness. Unwatered, the finish has a bit too much iodine for me, but it also makes the whisky quite more-ish, as you quickly long for that sweet oiliness of the mid-palate. 85 points.

      With a dew drops of water, the finish softens significantly, but is perhaps bit simple compared to the mid. 86 points.

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      I am now very curious to try more from Glengyle Distillery. But the twelve already makes it quite clear this sister distillery to Springbank has higher ambitions than just aping its successful, older sibling. Well worth trying!

  8. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Whiskynotes: Nose: a bit of citrus fruits at first (lemon, orange), quickly leading to liquorice, big chalky notes and moss. Some sweeter lime after a while. Then back to coastal aromas, dried seaweed, pebbles on the beach, light herbal notes and a gentle hint of gouache and peat. Clean, not too austere, really good.
    Mouth: a very oily texture, with old-style sooty notes, peppered lemons, chalk and this rounder side of apricot and subtle vanilla. Mid-palate it becomes a little more austere, on Mediterranean herbs (rosemary, bay leaves), coastal peat and brine. A touch of bitterness (grapefruit peels). Really mineral.
    Finish: long, with a hint of smoky wood, peat and subtle caramel. The mineral notes stay the longest.
    I think the 12 Years has improved. It’s a great example of this unmodern style and I think it strikes a better balance than this year’s 16 Years. Excellent value for money and warmly recommended. https://www.whiskynotes.be/2021/glengyle/kilkerran-12-years-kilkerran-16-years/

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21+ 22 21 22 86+

    Nose with a smoke, it is pleasantly charming),
    a mixture of marine and tropical undertones), maybe not very deep, thin, but quite noticeable,
    powerful taste and long albeit dry aftertaste, solid regular 12 years, another consistently good batch!

  10. Romanino scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    A beautiful dram
    N: sweet orange, vanilla, citrus fruit, caramel, oak
    T: salty, soft and peaty, fruity. in one sip you are enjoying peateness, in another one sweet fruit, yummy
    F: longer, oily, oaky spice, salty, after some time it gives you sweet and smoke feeling.

    Buy it, buy it until it is available for normal prices!

  11. Killswitch scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. just 2thetop did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88
    • Taste
      87
    • Finish
      86

  13. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  14. ZLako scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    N: peat, salt, sea breeze, malty, vanilla and toffee

    P: the vanilla and toffee are present with the salt and then some maltiness with peat

    F: long and pleasant salty and some peat

  15. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Round, pleasant dram. Easy drinkers.
    • Nose
      Fresh and mineral.
      First sweet with marzipan and vanilla.
      Then spicy-herbal with liquorice and ginger.
    • Taste
      sweet vanilla Spicy Oak. crisp dry,
      Again fresh with lemon.
    • Finish
      Medium length, warming, spicy, pleasant.

  16. Odinson scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Feorag86 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Lemon, orange blossom and cookie dough
    • Taste
      90 90
      Red apple, porridge, ginger and smoked ham
    • Finish
      89 89
      Ginger candy, cinnamon stick and peppermint

  18. Cipidos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Acetate scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  20. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  21. VanOpek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    vol. 46%
    vintage: 2021
    cask: 70% bourbon / 30% sherry
    non chill filtered
    natural color
    • Nose
      sweet-malty, full of flavour and rich, heather smoke, earthy-sweet, yeasty, bread, creamy-vanilla, light sherry in background
    • Taste
      intense and semi-sweet with maritime breakthroughs, salty water, pleasant oak, herbs, mossy, cardamom, nutmeg, rounded and pleasant
    • Finish
      a lot of oak, bitter herbs, maritime, dry, warm, very smooth and long

  22. HoneyBadgerZ scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    If you're a fan of peated whisky with a hint of bourbon/sherry taste with a mouth watering long finish look no further, this one is to go for at very affordable price for 12yo whisky form Campbeltown, this is why I have to give her 89 points

  23. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The hobby during the silent season of Springbank brought a very attractive and high quality single malt to the market: Kilkerran! An improvised name since the rights of the official distillery name ‘Glengyle’ is in the hands of another company, that don’t want to sell these rights. Luckily Glengyle is displayed on the face of the building :D although Kilkerran is a very fit name since that is the original Gaelic name for Campbeltown.
    • Nose
      Farmy, rich and bald bourbon style flavors. Mild peated flavors in the background. Orchard fruits and some bbq’ed veggies. Good balance. Friendly, sweet and thick. This will explode inside the glass with some hand warmth!
    • Taste
      Juicy and smooth! Fresh, sweet apples, unripe kiwi and sweet pear. Smoky flavors as well as in charred oak. It reminds me somehow of beech wood I use for my offset smoker bbq. Beech gives a very distinctive flavor and distinctive smoke.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Again smooth, friendly and sweet. Lovely juicy and lively orchard fruits combined with some mild licorice and honey. Very balanced and very good in what it offers! At the end some smoky oak flavors and earthy peat wrap things up, leaving me with a very addictive feeling!

      Lovely stuff! Without a doubt this is something to look out for. If you can get your hands on a bottle, you should. I’ll add it to my wishlist right now!

  24. Noname_Drinker scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    This bottle tastes very different than the old bottle. If you like the Campbeltown's unique funkiness, you might be disappointed. But if you like the Islay whiskies, you will definitely love this bottle, as the taste and the finish resemble Lagavulin 16 (subjective opinion).

    Also, it is slightly more intense than the old bottle while being even more earthier (may be subjective).
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nosing is the same as the old bottle:

      The bourbon influence is more significant than the sherry influence. It is sweet, lemon, vanilla. There are some peat smoke with some peppery notes at the back. After adding a drop of water: Earthy, grassy, caramel, toffee candy, it is even more balanced with the caramel sweetness, fruitiness and light peak smoke. Added 1 score after adding a drop of water.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Heavy oak influence. Aside from that, there are some sweetness and spiciness (not malty). Charcoal, bonfire, oily, rich, some fruitiness at the back.

      Comparing to the old bottle, it tastes like Lagavulin 16 with heavier oak influence. That's a big change for sure.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long finish. Bonfire and oaky. There is no sweetness at all. Instead, you feel like you just had a cigar.

  25. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    2022.01.16
    • Nose
      Lots of mineral notes. Chalk, limestone, but muddy not dusty. Wet rock with a fine layer of lichen. Amazing quality!
      It takes a bit of time to open up and show another layer of complexity with the fresh fruits. The trademark pineapple notes are coming forward.
    • Taste
      ANother level of oiliness....far better than anything else that I have tasted in this price/age range, from a core range bottling. Citric acid with rich and complex minerality. Fizzy fruits.
    • Finish
      Mid length, very clean, no flaws whatsoever.

  26. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  27. glen efze scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Kilkerran 12, another fabled whisky from the Mitchell's Campbeltown empire that failed WhiskyJason's Campeltown blind tasting. Unfortunately, he couldn't really convince me there either. So far I have always found the Kilkerrans to be excellent. So here, too, you have to taste it again.

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    • Nose
      The nosing is a little more convincing than with the Springbank, but also only offers very cautious impressions that do not yet suggest a mature Campbeltown whisky. Smoke is present, but remains somewhat indifferent and uncharacteristic. If it really has 30% sherry barrels, then unfortunately they were already over.
    • Taste
      Here, too, there is little taste: no fruit, no vanilla, a little smoke and leached wood. That is not enough, this whisky could do more. The Campbeltown tone comes out, which is actually characteristic of these whiskys. But here, too, he is a shadow of what has stuck in the memory of the previous versions.
    • Finish
      A finish from not so good wood and disappointed expectation.

      Here, too, the impressions in the blind tasting did not disappoint. Apparently, 2021 was not a good year for barrel selection at Springbank and Glengyle. Neither the Springbank 10 nor the Kilkerran 12 even come close to meeting expectations. Unfortunately this is disappointing. Does Glen Scotia have to save the honor of Campbeltown now?

  28. dinis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    9000 bottles only. And are abslutly good.

  29. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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