Kilkerran 16-year-old

Overall rating
87.38/100
votes
306
Whiskybase ID
WB192398
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
15.09.2021
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
75% Bourbon / 25% Sherry
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
15.09.21 21/134
Barcode
610854001353
Added on
24 sep 2021 9:21 pm by crouly
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 109.12

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran 16-year-old

83 users have left 85 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.38 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Immediately before Kilkerran 16 I had Kilkerran 12 for a tasting by the glass. The 12yo already has a lot to offer for its age, but the 16yo really puts a lot on it.
    • Nose
      Oh yeah, that's a kick-ass nose, right from the start. Absolutely no trendy nose, but old-fashioned, demanding, bulky, but at the same time wonderfully fruity and fresh. Apple, nectarines, peaches in a wooden bowl, the old oil stove thuds heavily. Warm chain fat, spicy honey, fig jam and grated ginger.
    • Taste
      Creamy start, Kilkerran can do that. It's as creamy as hell, you can't put it any other way. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, nectarines and peaches, nicely garnished with basil leaves. Caramel, honey, warm vanilla pudding, strawberry-cream candies.
    • Finish
      Makes around for a long time, doesn't really like to say goodbye. The coat is already on, but there are still big speeches going on in the hallway. As a farewell, once again the old oil stove, which adds that great olle note.

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  3. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Campbeltown and more, entry-level: 2022.10.28.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/67261/glencadam-15-year-old
    87-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/189581/ben-nevis-10-year-old
    86+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/205096/campbeltown-loch-blended-malt-scotch-whisky
    84-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/165224/kilkerran-12-year-old
    85+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/192398/kilkerran-16-year-old
    87-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/197550/hazelburn-10-year-old
    88-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/6297/springbank-cv
    84+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/180670/springbank-10-year-old
    88-
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Foamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Gweddry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      kiwi, weak coals and corruption, boiled apples, grape juice, sour raspberry, wet ash, aromatic cheese, brine, oyster sauce, soy sauce, unripe pear, cinnamon apples, mango, orange, old skin, omelette, Brazil nuts, tutti frutti chewing gum, beeswax, candied papaya, apple cider, fruit snack
    • Taste
      sweet and salty, kiwi, hint of smoke, soap, malt, hazelnut, omelette, apple juice, forest honey, white grapes, almond milk
    • Finish
      wood bitterness, kiwi, omelette, coals, broccoli, dried fruit, provencal herbs

  7. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. WillWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not yet open, hope that can be better next time
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. STL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's creamy. On pastry cream, vanilla, Greek yogurt, with a sea breeze, a shovelful of hay and a whiff of peat. After a while, we see the white fruits, plums, Chasselas grapes, green apple. It's very sweet. Mountain honey, light lemony acidity, grapefruit and lychee. At the bottom, far behind, a little fuel oil. On the palate, it's light, more on lemon, with a touch of honeyed redcurrant, spices that fuel, cumin, cloves, nutmeg, a young and vigorous woodiness, barely bitter, sprinkled with earth and some plants. The finish is very long, smoky, still on the bitterness, sparkling citrus, at the end it's fresh.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/10/kilkerran-16-yo-2021.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. mattheww scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  12. VEF206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  13. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    tasting the Kk 16 2020 and 2021 side by side.. as much as i expected the first batch to be a winner, based solely on the premise that the first must be the better one and that the more special cask overtakes the simple sherry cask, i find the 2021 version a tad better in the sense it is more fun and will try to get a bottle and follow future versions.. to me, Kk 16 might just be the new Sb 15! These are excellent examples of modern, craft bourbon maturation!
    • Nose
      88 88
      the 2020 is fruitier on the nose.. sweeter, more lively-lemony, while the 2021 is maltier, with stronger smoke and this overpowering note of freshly washed clothes left to dry in the wind.. however, i quite like its cleanness and its simplicity.
    • Taste
      89 89
      here the 2021 proves to have more punch.. starts with a big, splashy sourness, whereas the 2020 has more wax, it coats the mouth in heavy oils.. there also seems to be more smoke in the earlier version, it elicits some subtle Springbank connections
    • Finish
      88 88
      both end on a slight bitter note and carry a mix of sour and salty for quite a long time

  14. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      citrus, dry wood, bit of smoke, cigar box, sour earthy, fresh fruits. Bit acidic, nice.
    • Taste
      82 82
      earthy, citrus, wood, bit of smoke,
    • Finish
      84 84
      slight dry wood, tea, leaves, peat, earthy, sweet peat.

  15. bl0wb4ck scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Dark fruits, malt, honey and very subtle smoke.

  16. WillWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Yellow flower, cream soda, warm
    • Taste
      86 86
      A bit too soft, ginger, light honey water, some floral note
    • Finish
      86 86
      Consistent and final sone dark coffee

  17. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  18. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21 22 20 21 84

    tasty, drinkable, too dry for me, but overall good!

  19. Drum scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Yes, I like it! Very soft and has a great mouthfeel. I think the bourbon cask dominates, I would have guessed less on sherry. But harmonious from the nose to the finish - very nice!
    • Nose
      The Kilkerran is very mild on the nose! Oak with a very subtle smoky note, wood and fruity aromas such as pineapple, lemon and apple juice. Spicy, honey, beeswax with mineral elements and I want to try it right away!
    • Taste
      Creamy, soft but at the same time strong and voluminous! I can't find any smoke anymore, but honey and wax, grapes, donuts that are available at carnival, malty, woody and partially fermented/overripe fruit.
    • Finish
      Warm and sweet and quite long (fortunately), the flow of saliva is greatly stimulated, it becomes very oily and waxy. Honey and canned fruit mix in too.

  20. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really good quality. For the older age I would wish for much more complexity and depth. So it just stays on the same level as the 12.

    Full review in a flight of six Campbeltown malts: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/08/04/campbeltowning/

  21. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Dutchdram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Greatly balanced on the nose with a sweet and fruity profile. In the beginning notes of vanilla, honey, marzipan and fruity toffees. Immediately after the fruity notes take over. Think of oranges, pineapple and lemonpie. There is a clear not of hay now. Some spicier notes like ginger and a little hint of white pepper, which make way for hints of oak and eucalyptus at the end.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Greatly balanced AND complex aswell! Again the sweet notes take over in the beginning. Vanilla, honey and caramel are some of them. Fruity notes follow like apple, pineapple, plums and even some orange marmelade. Some creamy nuts come through now like hazelnuts and almonds. Right after some dark notes like chocolate, cinnamon and dark malt. At there is definitely a note of hay too.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Quite long with notes of vanilla, praline, caramel and a little raisin.

  23. The_Osprey scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Kilkerran 16 year old 46%.

    30ml sample at home, June 2022.

    A fairly light yellow.

    Aroma is waxy peels, soft tropical fruit notes, damp flannel with some citrus soap on it, no real smoke. Dried tropical fruit.

    Body is lightly oily.

    First impressions were of a basic spirit-led dram. Surprisingly little cask character at the age. Taste is salty, no oak or smoke, faint soapy waxy fruit notes, tastes more alcoholic than it is, salty and warming into the finish. I was expecting some smoke but it’s very subtle indeed on that front to start.

    Time brings out a bit more smoke. The complex waxy and tropical fruit notes from the nose only come through a little on the palate. It’s almost a little feinty and meaty seeming towards the finish. Increasingly charred.

    It opens up eventually to become an interesting enough dram. Enjoyable enough with some complexity coming through eventually. It needed time in the glass. 3.475/83

  24. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  26. Lcluy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Apple Juice, Honey, Vanilla, Citrus

    taste
    Sweetish, pepper, wood spice, apple

    finish
    Medium length, sweetish, some wood spice

    The 8 just brings me more

  28. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting
    • Nose
      sweet, vanilla, caramel, light fruits, some citrus fruits, some herbs. Nuts and some malt come easily. The alcohol is slightly present. Some floral notes come through. Slightly spicy oak notes.
    • Taste
      sweet and fruity with light fruits, a bit malty nutty but more in the background. Vanilla and caramel, some oak and a few herbs. Later it becomes slightly sour and tart.
    • Finish
      sweet and fruity, vanilla, floral notes, herbs, somewhat nutty. Later again something autumn and sour.

  29. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sample
    • Nose
      Fresh apple and some lemon. Some varnish and mold smoke. Something from the engine compartment. Light rose water.
    • Taste
      Sweet, creamy and a bit musty. Citrus with motor oil. Oily.
    • Finish
      Dry, spicy and bitter. Then sweet creamy with oil. quite long. A hint of caramel.

  30. TomP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  31. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Bourbon cask's unique fruity, stronger body than batch 1, relatively high in perfection

  33. Kerchak scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Nose : very fruity , fresh peaches and white fruit
    Palate : a bit disappointing as I was expecting something as refreshing as the nose . Taste of wax, lemon
    Finish is very quick to disappear

  34. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  35. valasios scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. glen efze scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A 16 year old Kilkerran from the Glengyle Distillery, which is accessed via the Springbank farm. And because you don't just get there via the farm, but the distillery also belongs to the Mitchell family, it also suffers from the Springbank hype. That means: The whiskys are rare and expensive. Which is a pity, because in principle they are simple, straight drops. The 16 year old is a vatting of 3/4 ex-bourbon and 1/4 ex-sherry. And in terms of color, they weren't necessarily 1st fill casks either. It is a whisky from the first months of production at the distillery, which reopened in 2004.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      The Kilkerran is not fancy or subtle, these are straight forward flavors. Ripe garden apples but old, tart varieties, some rough-skinned pears, plus vanilla and Campbeltown spiciness, maybe maritime and waxy with lubricating oil and smoke that isn't immediately apparent, nor is it strong. But he gives backbone and structure. This does not captivate immediately, but captivates more and more. It's a rough, gray day at the port, a few cutters dock and the fine raindrops don't bother us that much. And then suddenly there is a small blue spot between the clouds, a ray of sunshine - but only briefly. And black smoke is blowing from the cutter. A beautiful day in port.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it develops creamy notes of caramel, which I would not have expected from the smell. It stays on the tart and spicy side with vanilla, but the sherry casks have added juicy cherries and a few dates. So that it doesn't get too fruity-sweet, comes the Campbeltown Funk with its waxy smokiness. All of this isn't exactly exciting - but then it unfolds more complexity and different aromas than you would expect from the first sip.
    • Finish
      The smoke remains in the finish, becoming even stronger on the palate over time, some wood is added, no mustiness, at most very discreetly as a dirty part of the smoke note.

      This is a whisky that takes (and can) dwell on for a while. At first sip it is simple, slightly bitter and unspectacular. If you don't brush him aside immediately, he develops a strong character and a somewhat stubborn beauty. The whisky will be available in March 2022 for €120 - €90 would be ok.

  37. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. sengaia scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose is quite shy, but given some time develops nicely on soft sherry, wax and mineral notes. On the palate the dry sherry becomes more dominant and the spirit has to fight to be heard, and this back and forth battle is the core of this whisky. I think Kilkerran has a distinctive enough character of its own that it does not need so much sherry influence. Overall this is very good, especially for those who enjoy the dry style of sherry matured whisky,

  39. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  40. JoachimV scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Clear oranges first. Some green apples with cinnamon, hay, raisins, wet pebbles and fruit cream candies are added. A slight smokiness is noticeable. With a drop of water, the fruit becomes tropical with peach, nectarines and passion fruit.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oranges, lemon, apple, nectarines, passion fruit, kiwi, honey, almonds, fruit cream candies, ginger, salt and pepper.
      Delicious!
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is fairly long with oranges, kiwi, passion fruit and almonds.

      The bottle has been open for about a year now and still contains about 40 percent of the content (take it easy).
      I scored it from 89 to 90. The fruitiness is sublime and the complexity has only increased.
      Delicious!

  41. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  43. Jimbeau scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  44. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The 2021 Edition of the Kilkerran 16 Years is about as old school a whisky currently produced in Scotland (only rivaled by big brother Springbank).
    • Nose
      A very old-school, slightly farmyardy profile with some nice waxy notes. The earthy peat influence is subtle and stays in the background. There are some mineral touches, as well as pickled lemons, sultanas and a whiff of chalk. Finally a pinch of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Medium creamy mouthfeel with a touch of bonfire smoke and accompanied by a decent salinity. There's a whisper of pineapple, bung cloth, straw and a subtle mineral influence. It's also slightly lactic and someone added a pinch of pepper.
    • Finish
      Earthy peat smoke (but very subtle) and farmy elements. Medium in length.

  45. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  46. hzs275 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  47. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very smooth, thick, a little peat. Some fruity notes. Very balanced, everything completely in line. Pleasant.
    • Nose
      Sweet, a bit earthy touch, vegetal. A slight peaty touch, pepper, some smoke and hay.
    • Taste
      Smooth, creamy, thick. Some earthy, slight peaty touch. A bit drying mouthfeel. Licorice. Some fruity notes as well.
    • Finish
      Thick, smooth, creamy. Licorice, a bit peaty, medium long. Tobacco and wood

  48. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A grown up dram - very pleasant and reasonably priced if you can get it for the initial rrp.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Dried herbs, sage or oregano.
    • Taste
      84 84
      A slight sweetness, giving way to some spice, very pleasant.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium finish - wants you leaving more.

  49. Polaku1703 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Strange but i like the regular 12 y old definitely more. This one just seems just a bit oversherried for my taste...although i checked there is no more (30) % sherry cask influence here. Feels to me as at least 50%...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  50. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  51. Mark-E scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  52. naakster scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

  53. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  54. bankimate scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  55. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Grassy, floral, honeyed, and a little coastal. A hint of honeydew, peaches, apples, cream, vanilla, candle wax, pineapple.
    • Taste
      Honey, honeydew, cream, vanilla, peaches, oils, apples, some grass, gentle sherry influence.
    • Finish
      Honeydew, peaches, apples, wax, seasalt, some pineapples, a hint of flowers and fresh grass.

  56. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  57. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I cant wait for a kilkerran this age or older more on CS... lovely stuff, definitely BFYB.

  58. autorefill scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

  59. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Completely different from batch 1 / 2020. But I don't think it's bad. Is different from this other uniformity ...
    I liked the first batch better, here I am again too much in the direction of the 12yo.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very, very fresh, sour fruits, zest of citrus fruits, honey, wax, lemon balm, behind - unlike in 2020 - isolated Campbeltown vibes (oil change). I don't really like that, but it's very subtle. Freshness, fruit and herbs in a combination that is unusual today. That's why it's good.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Gentle start. Again citrus freshness, a bit mineral. A few herbs, wax again. Quite oily and covering. Nuts and oak seasoning. Some honey. Not intrusive. Similarities to the 12yo.
      Getting a little drier.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Yes, bitter substances flicker here, but fully within the framework. Also some citrus, no more big surprises. Good presence.

  60. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  61. Yarema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The first nose is the scent of a young cleric's spirit. Which is so characteristic of the Kilkerran Heavily Peated. The barrel did not manage to round it off. Breathing reveals bourbon, grass, flowers, chalk and oak. After breathing a little longer, it climbs out the dirt again, for an amateur. The taste is unexpectedly beautiful and beautiful, in the style of good bourbon Springbanks. Wax, malt and oak. Grass and azone after rain ... The finish is short, oily and light tannins

    Nose - 21.5
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21.5
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 87

  62. Vince scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Impressive and certainly re-enforcing the J&A Mitchell business group quality image. Some coconut, spicy wood on the slightly hot nose (also for me the vanilla/honey parts), but taste has herbal and more austere mineral components that seem more old fashioned. Some kirsch (savory) and grapefruit. These latter flavours in the background though with a light sweetness (freshly baked white bread) prevailing. Quite oily but in a good way. This is a very good but unusual one I would like to return to and analyze more.

  63. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Just a quick comparison with the 12yo (WID: 85213).

    A few nice notes have already been written, so I'll keep it short and don't write any notes.
    The 12 is really a nice standard. But the 16er offers even more. While the 12er comes across as straight and crisp, the 16er is richer and fuller in comparison. In comparison, it looks a bit more dignified and elegant, but without denying the beautiful Kilkerran notes. On the contrary, they are a little better interwoven and more clearly structured. It just looks more balanced and better matured. For me a really coherent bottling. I like it.

  64. Odinson scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  65. red71 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  66. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  67. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  68. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I liked last year's edition better. That cardboard note wasn't there before and this version doesn't have that lovely tobacco note in the finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pineapple, sweet lime, apple, vanilla, chili sauce and malty / grassy with a cardboard-like edge.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pineapple, apple, vanilla, malt, peat, grass and blood orange.
    • Finish
      88 88
      More smoky. Apple, peach, dark chocolate, vanilla and malt.

  69. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  70. IIIZIII scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    2021.12.02
    • Nose
      Right away, lots of honey sweetness with a touch of peat. Great balance.
      Of course the trademark pineapple appears after a little breathing as well.
    • Taste
      Initially crispy, peppery but sweet. Light honey on the palate as well.
    • Finish
      Mid length

  71. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Light golden color. Slightly oily whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Minerality. Salt. Wet stones taken out of the salty sea water. Traces of ash. Leather flavorings. Sea breeze. A note of red fruit flashed in the background. Again, a little more red fruit and the sweetness flowing from them. Slightly honey-floral aromas for a while. Strange, I did not expect this. Ripe and sweet red or maybe even dark forest berries. Green apple. Smoked apple. Peaches. After the initial mineral and leathery aromas, the fruit began to dominate. Well hidden alcohol. A very complex and comprehensive whisky, which is worth giving a moment on your nose to get to know it better.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Leather. Minerality. Sea salt. Smoke. Roasted, even burnt caramel. Again the skin. A bit of bitterness, probably oak. A pinch of spices. White pepper. A trace of apples with a campfire in the background. Lots more fruit in the second sip. Again apples, but fresher. Also more caramel. Sweeter language.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Minerality. Salt. Some skins. Oak bitterness. A pinch of spices. White pepper. Roasted caramel. Medium-long finish. The second finish is sweeter. More caramel.

  72. g2ther scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  73. RoytjeV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  74. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  75. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Not very complex, little bit under my expectations for a 16yo
    • Nose
      87 87
      Apple juice, pear, little quince, wet hay, hints of honey and vanilla, some green fruits, little leafy, lemon peel, whiffs of peat
    • Taste
      86 86
      Little punchy, pepper, subtle sweetness, little fruity, more apple juice, spicy, little honey, hints of herbs and peat
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, warm, spicy, little zesty, more herbal

  76. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  77. Casketje scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    With the bottle just opened I rated this 88, but you could just tell that some time in the opened bottle would do this little beauty a lot of good.. and it did. Now a couple of weeks later it is showing the true Campbeltown character (blind I would've guessed this was a Springbank) and even though there is nothing screaming at you, it is simply very well made, beautiful whisky. The only thing that's holding this back from scoring higher is its subtleness or lack of oomph towards and in the finish.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  78. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  79. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Different from batch one. Above all, you can smell the switch to vating with sherry barrels. I even like it a tick better than batch one.
    Very harmonious, with a slight Kilkerran smoky note and Campeltown dirt.
    I think it would be nice if Glengyle had found their style for the 16 with it and sold it at a stable double-digit price!
    • Nose
      89 89
      At first it smelled dirty, earthy and dark-sherry-fruity from the sample bottle.
      Then rather citrus in the glass. The earth can still be found. In addition, malty like cereals. A slight note of smoke in the background. A real Kilkerran and yet different from batch one.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Mild start and oily body.
      First fruity, then malty.
      Very harmonious and without off-notes.
      Almost a gentleman, but still enough power!
    • Finish
      88 88
      So mild the start, so strong in the finish.
      Malty, then oak. Slightly astringent.
      Later it stimulates saliva and is quite long.

  80. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  81. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice mineral dirtiness, toffee, very good

  82. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2021] The Glengyle distillery truly is an enrichment of the Scotch malt whisky portfolio, not just because of its weird story (they use the stills of the former Ben Wyvis distillery from the Highlands and the trademark name "Glengyle" is owned by a different group so the malt has to named differently, hence Kilkerran)...

    ..but because of its quality and unique profile too. Great they (re)produce this almost forgotten old Highland style at Glengyle again so anyone who wants to discover the whisky styles of the past does not have to pay hundreds (or even thousands) of bucks for collector's bottles of long-gone distilleries. This release reminds me a little of old North Port or Glen Mhor drams (the better ones, as there were quite a lot of sub-standard releases too as with any lost distillery).
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a grassy-floral-honeyed profile which smells very old-stylish (and indeed more of the Highlands than from Campbeltown). After some breathing these old-style impressions grow even stronger with beautiful waxy notes, chalk, resins and herbal aromas. Wow, what a difference to all these modern uniform and marketing-streamlined "hit-and-run" releases of the big groups: This nose impresses through its complexity and subtleness - so shy away if you are in whisky for the quick and heavy spikes only.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is about the same old-style profile with tons of waxes, oils, herbs and other florals which create an interesting amalgam of flavours together with the ever-present barley sugars and spices of the wood. This is heaven for the old-style connoisseurs and unchartered territory for many modern drinkers, most probably - but it is worth an exploration (I guarantee).
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more waxes and some bitter tannins which drive the end of the finish a little out of balance without getting annoying. Some water releases interesting oily aromas in the nose and turns the taste a little punchier, which stays there even a a bigger reduction. So I clearly prefer the neat dram, but the somewhat reduced nose is worth a try (because of the fine oily aromas).

  83. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  84. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    fruit smoke, pepper. wet rope, flax, salt - in general I liked it. 22-22-22-22

  85. hansverkerk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Brilliant, best Kilkerran produced yet.

  86. OJK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Takes some time in the glass to show its true character. At first the sherry seems to have muted the more expressive characteristics of last year’s 16, however after a few minutes in the glass it opens up nicely. I don’t have them side by side but I’d say this year’s one has more rich toffee, subtle smoke, black pepper and even a fishy seaweed element, whereas the 2020 leant more on fruit and butter. As ever though very layered and characterful whisky that rewards patience.

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