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Kilkerran 16-year-old

Overall rating
87.73/100
votes
67
Whiskybase ID
WB192398
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
15.09.2021
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
75% Bourbon / 25% Sherry casks
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

£ 96.39

63 × in wishlist

67 × member ratings

515 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 16-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.73 points

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. hansverkerk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Brilliant, best Kilkerran produced yet.

  8. 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.

  9. g2ther scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. RoytjeV scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

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