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Kilkerran Heavily Peated

Overall rating
86.50/100
votes
115
Whiskybase ID
WB198052
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peat in Progress - Batch 5
Bottled
03.11.2021
Casktype
85% Bourbon, 15% Sherry
Strength
57.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
21/176
Barcode
610854004972
Added on
02 dec 2021 10:20 pm by crouly
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 72.04

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Heavily Peated

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.50 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Half a year more maturation than batch # 4, a slightly different barrel composition (85% ex-bourbon, 15% ex-sherry to 80% ex-bourbon, 20% ex-sherry) makes a difference in terms of taste. In terms of quality, however, ultimately not, both batches are in my opinion the same. Interesting that Batch # 5 is much smokier than Batch # 4 despite the slightly longer ripening time.
    Since I still have a remainder of batch # 2 with 60.9% on hand, I poured myself a little comparison dram. Batch 2 was bottled on 09/24/2019, a little more than two years before Batch # 5. And that really makes a difference. Batch # 5 no longer has the grassy and green notes from Batch # 2 at all. Batch # 2 was smokier compared to Batch # 1, as is now the case with Batch # 5 compared to Batch # 4. In the comparison of the peat smoke intensity Batch # 2 vs. Batch # 5, however, Batch # 5 clearly wins, which is quite astonishing if one proceeds from the general principle: the longer it matures, the more smoke breaks down.
    Even if (in my opinion) Batch # 5 is qualitatively the same as Batch # 4 and there is no batch improvement for the first time: in the long term this will be a whisky that can definitely compete with a Laphroaig 10 CS.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Compared to Batch # 3 and # 4, it lives up to its name on the label: (very!) Heavily peated. So far, no batch has had such a peat smoke boom, the note of smoke literally bores into your nose. As a friend of well-peated Islay whiskys, you will of course enjoy this. It clearly comes from the ex-bourbon cask corner and, in addition to the smoky note, initially delivers honey, vanilla and caramel along with a note of grated lime peel and grapefruit. While Batch # 4 still came across as clay and earthy, Batch # 5 shows more of its maritime side. Mandarins, orange peel, quince jelly, with nutmeg and pepper.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Immensely powerful and smoky start. Shows directly its origin Campbeltown and covers the tongue with citrus water, tangerines, salt water, pebble flavor. The note of peat smoke shapes the taste, makes it tart, pleasantly bulky and lets the spices (nutmeg, pepper, chilli flakes) stand out clearly. Much less caramel than batch # 4, but just as well supplied with white coffee and marzipan.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The intense peat smoke note means that he doesn't really want to say goodbye. Batch # 4 was already one of those on-the-doorstep nonsense, so it seems to run in the family. Marzipan, sea spray, a beach fire made of dry wood and peat sod, lime juice.

  2. spigray did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Batch 5 vs. 6 head to head
    • Nose
      batch 5
      Sooty and smoky, dunnage warehouse, cotton mill. Can anybody tell me what kind of fruit that is that come with almost any Kilkerran? It´s something between citrus and berries. Yogurt for sure. Sea air.
      89/100

      Batch 6
      At first a bit more tamed when it comes to soot, ashes and smoke but after 5 min. they are on par. Still a very strong, if not aggressive attack. The fruit is a bit different, more towards lemons and oranges and there´s no yogurt this time. A bit of linseed oil.
      89/100
      batch 6 benefits a bit more from water
    • Taste
      Batch 5:
      This is just wonderful. We have the smoke and still a bit of soot, but then like a wave the fruits sweap into the arena, we have lemons and mangos, anonas (a fruit I tried in Portugal). Yogurt. Eukalyptus. Quickly getting dry.
      90/100

      Batch 6:
      Oh my! On the nose I thought batch 6 was in front just one millimeter but on the palate this is the clear winner.
      It´s much cleaner (which isn´t always the goal) and the fruit basket is just superb. Lots of oranges, lemons, pink grapefruit, mango. A few grains of salt towards the finish.
      91/100
    • Finish
      Batch 5: Slightly minty, dry, clean
      89/100
      Batch 6: Very long, salty, clean
      90/100

  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Peat smoke, lemon, salt, pepper. Powerful, though not round enough. 21.5-22-21.5-21
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Citrus fruity and smoky, lots of vanilla, wood smoke, mineral notes, lime zest, some lemongrass, the smoke is a bit youthful and very sweet
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoky, sweet, very creamy, packs a punch, citrus-heavy dryness, the spice is just as strongly pushed by the citrus fruits
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spicy and smoky with lots of oak spice, dry and very creamy, the oak bitterness lingers on the palate

  5. JBKwb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. arpadanese scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting at RoM Verona - 02/04/2022

    Notes of light smoke, wood, cereal, toasted notes. On the palate vanilla, smoke, toasted wood, graphite: a nice finish, pungent and spicy.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. JJKATED scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  9. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. WhiskySpirit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very nice nose and taste, but the finish rejecting the bitter warming up
    • Nose
      86 86
      citrus, sweet peat smoke, baked cheesecake, vanilla pudding, smoked plum in the background, caramel - cotton candy
    • Taste
      85 85
      delicate ash, candy sweetness, rhubarb with sugar, delicate spiciness of white pepper, slight basement mustiness
    • Finish
      83 83
      long, lasting, turning into dark chocolate with roasted sugar, chewed grains of heavily roasted coffee, warming up. It is not a pleasant finish

  11. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  12. AndrewJ scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very Longrow like.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. t86 scored this whisky 71 points Member Senior

    Harsh, sulfuric, unpleasant overall. Thin yet oily and hot mouthfeel. Air and water in different amounts don't improve this much. It's not poorly made, just not for me. Love Springbank, Longrow, and Hazelburn I love, just not this Kilkerran.

  14. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  15. springtank scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. fnk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Kilkerran Heavily Peated is not the first time they are not very smoky for me. Immediately smoke, but then it goes into the background. Good dense aroma, the balance of barrels is perfectly chosen. Not sharp in aroma, despite its almost 58 alc. The aroma is dominated by bourbon motifs, sherry helmets can only slightly complement. Drinking, tasty, meaty. At its own expense sensible molt.

  17. Cluainmara25 scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    I'm normally a huge fan of Campbelltown whiskies and this is the first time I've been mildly disappointed. I'm now a month in to breaking into this bottle and the first thing ye get on the nose is furniture polish. The spirit is overpowering. But then I admit it's getting better and chilling out a wee bit, but it's taken a long time to get more complex tasting notes. And don't add water... this was a revelation.
    • Nose
      60 60
      Note, this is after a month of not much more than a nose scorching blast of furniture polish. There some cedarwood, a whack of smoke and a bit of citrus.
    • Taste
      80 80
      At 57.7% abv, I've been putting a drop of water in this until this moment and for the first time I haven't. My god that's an improvement... don't do it!!! Drink this neat (after the bottle's been open for at least a month). It's prickly and oily, the smoke is nice but not the only thing you taste when it's diluted. It's certainly not a Springbank 10 or a Longrow, which I would consistently rate in the 90s, but I'm starting to warm to it...
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still a good oily finish and it's a long one. (without H2O!). Again cedarwood and smoke and sweetness with a it of salt. I'm starting to like this lot, but it's taken some patience.

  18. JoachimV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      I get a sweet peat smoke with vanilla, a hint of caramel, honey and fresh fruits like lemons, white grapes, unripe bananas and green apples. After a while in a glass and with a drop of water, the fruit becomes more tropical with canned pineapple and peach. The maritime sky and wet stones refer to Kilkerran. Furthermore, it is also clearly related to Longrow Peated, but then a flight (or two) higher!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Nicely creamy, a vanilla biscuit, lemon candy and white grapes. Season with salt and pepper.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium long with lemon and marzipan.

      This whisky reminds me of a campfire on the beach after a beautiful summer day. Yummy!!

  19. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great peated Whisky not from Islay. 85% Ex-B and 15% Ex-Sherry. But I cannot detect the Sherry Influence.
    • Nose
      Lemon, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Peach. Massive Smoke, Dough, Yeast, Salt, Malt, Rubber, unripe Banana. Very fresh & fruity beside the Smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet & salty, lots of Smoke, Hay, Rubber, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Banana, Lemon. Black Tea, Malt. Creamy, the 57.7 % ABV are well integrated. You can drink it neat or with a few drops of water.
    • Finish
      Salty, smoke, Lemon, Chili. Sweet in the Beginning, dry in the End.

  20. t86 scored this whisky 71 points Member Senior

    Thin mouthfeel. Lactic taste. Smelled like a lightly peated scotch, didn't taste really peated at all though. Tasted like bourbon.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. Wolf68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. HSARGU scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  23. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. GlenWim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  25. ChrisE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  26. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  27. dapoinbua scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Farm yard! Bauer is looking for Scotch... somehow extremely cool but not either. Not good for every day.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Wet ash with fruit and some candy. Slightly musty...some lemon and mint oil. cow piss. musty. cold smoke. Still stable gases. Hay soaked in cow piss or a piece of hay floating in cow piss.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Nice strong, leather, sweet with smoke. Great seasoning. It goes off without getting uncomfortable.
      Water dry cold smoke with ash. Reminds me of Laphroaig... only cuter. stable dung. Old caramel from grandma. These weird cow candies....
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sweet and smoky. grape seed. quite long.

  29. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    everything else is secondary to the taste experience.. the whisky is almost solid, like chewing through a piece of smoky, pastrami flavored hard jello.. what a beast!… i can certainly follow the association with a Laphroaig 10 cs.. everything dialled up.. the sweetness.. the spicy oak.. the oiliness.. the young ones finish fast (blush!), but at least the nose improves with time.. the fragrant peat takes center stage.. smoke is almost perfumed.. oh, my, this is really quite an achiever!

    waiting at the bottom of the glass, some Springbank engine oils!

  30. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, intensely smoky, but still pleasantly sweet and not medicinal. Delicious!
    • Nose
      Aromatic rather dry campfire smoke. No medical associations. Hearty, meaty, some BBQ.
      Behind the smoke then sweet vanilla, heather honey, algae, a nice combination of sweet and maritime.
    • Taste
      Great combination of low smoke and low roast with sugary sweetness. Reminiscent of burnt marshmallows by the campfire and caramel candy.
    • Finish
      Warming, aromatic, long.

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