Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
87.02/100
votes
296
Whiskybase ID
WB203463
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
14.02.2022
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Port Cask
Casknumber
Batch #7
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Port Cask Matured
Bottle code
14.2.22 22/22
Barcode
610854004934
Added on
30 jan 2022 11:28 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 183.68

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

61 users have left 63 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.02 points.

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Even though it's obviously quite different from the sherry version released simultaneously, that maltiness is a prominent common characteristic that I haven't experienced in earlier batches.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sticky sweet. Raisins in milk chocolate. Salted caramel, hazelnut paste. Blackcurrant and peat. Water makes it quite malty like grain cookie.
    • Taste
      86 86
      More on the sour berries like redcurrant. More of that grainy maltiness too. Peat and a little sulphur. A little caramel and red wine gum, but by far not as sweet as the nose. Water makes it even more malty and obviously very young.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Redcurrant jam, prune, dark chocolate, grain cookie and peat.

  2. cleaver scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Kilkerran 8 year old, port cask, 2022 release, 57.9%.

    25ml sample Aug 2022.

    Bold orange brown.

    Aroma is mostly salted caramel, caramac bar, raspberry white chocolate, powdered mint.

    Body is moderately oily.

    Taste is pretty easy for the abv, some tangy underripe red berry, becoming resinous and waxy, finishing with breathy smoke, rusted metal, lingering tangy wine.

    The port cask and smoky spirit are discordant. Solid enough but the port cask is overdone in my book. Still, solid. 3.525/84

    With a drop of water, the colour is more of a blush-pink-hued orange. The aroma is similar to how it was neat, but perhaps has more chocolate and black tea. Taste is waxy, spiced black tea, some rum, the breathy smoke opens up even more. Good. Solid, and better with a drop of water. 3.6/86

  5. nhuber scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Definitely better than the kilkerran 8 from the Sherry cask with 58,8%.

    Better integration from the port cask, much cleaner nose and nicely sweet and harmonious in the mouth, though the finish is rather short. Benefits from a bit of water, I like this expression.

  6. Obynapewno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      wine, plums in chocolate, leather, sweetness, licorice, tea, caramel
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet, chocolate, oak, spices, pepper, wine, raisins, leather
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, warming, freshly ground pepper, leather, wood, dried fruit

  7. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. leoasis scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Intense port influence that hides a bit the distinctive notes of Kilkerran, but still definitely unique and standing out in comparison with most other port cask aged or finished whiskies

  10. leoasis scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    one of the best expressions aged in port casks combined with the amazing Kilkerran standard base product
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Igitor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. MaroFF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol very well hidden. Much better in taste than in aroma, finish ... I expected something more ...
    With water ..
    Aroma more smoke, walnut, fruitiness unchanged, a delicate cherry added
    Taste .. sweeter, sugar, the tastes of cherries and currant compote are in the foreground (it is much better)
    Finish softer, more chocolatey, without bitterness.
    With water for taste and finish + 2 points
    • Nose
      84 84
      delicate, wine, green grass, a bit of cigarette smoke, green walnut at the end, bread crust
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet, very fruity, ripe cherries, red currants, a bit of oak later turns into candy notes
    • Finish
      85 85
      come long, sweet with honey bitterness, slightly biting at the tip on the tongue with dark chocolate

  13. glenrob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. Petitcham scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Stronger sulfur smell than Batch 6 sherry, subtle port wine smell

    Lighter body sour grapes, slightly sulfurous than batch 6, smoke, moderately strong

    Finish lighter than batch 6 sherry

  15. Holzwurm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. g2ther scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  17. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  18. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. SimonOHA scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not very complex, it looks its age for once. Gourmet for those who love style.
    • Nose
      Powerful, vinous and sweet nose with a general impression of candy. Black grape, plum, port (unsurprisingly), caramel, ginger, pepper.
    • Taste
      Mouth flattering, sweet. As the type of cask suggested, it is very vinous, on the mutated grapes. A pretty enveloping smoke brings an extra soul that gives a little interest to the whole. Caramel, pepper and bad eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Salty finish with smoke in transition, slightly bitter caramelized cream.

  20. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  21. YoquieroWhisky scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    not worth to purchase. This whisky would need another 8 years at least to loose its strong alcohol smell.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  22. The_Independent scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  23. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Jimbeau scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  25. mattheww scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. birkzehn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  27. RJKrueger scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not every hype bottle meets the taste. Luckily I only had one sample.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Very closed on the nose, not round, with clear Laritz notes, little fruit and sweetness. Musty port wine notes.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste testifies to that; the port casks also come into their own here. But here, too, there is little fruit and sweetness. Not really something for port lovers. Wood and unpleasant bitter notes play their way forward.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The wood and the bitter notes with the liquorice influence dominate the finish.

  28. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  29. TomP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  30. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    You have to work your way into it. But then it becomes very complex and interesting.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Chocolate, plums, some young and medicinal smoke, light sulphur, burning straw, some liquorice, furniture polish, then fat raisins later, with water comes milk chocolate and it gets a bit leathery
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong attack, yet creamy, mineral and citrusy, then comes the chocolate, dry oak spice and citrus zest, lots of heat in the mouth, here too creamy milk chocolate comes with water
    • Finish
      88 88
      Chocolaty and slightly phenolic, the smoke remains creamy on the palate and throat, becoming even more mineral and sparkling on the finish with water

  31. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unlike his brother from the sherry cask, which appeared at the same time, he knows how to flatter himself on the tongue and leave a dazzling impression there. The fact that the exit is then a bit tight is easily forgiven.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First of all: the color (rusty brown) shows its cask origin very nicely.
      Raspberry chewing gum, Fritt chewing strips, fruit drops, cherries: the sweetness may seem artificial, but it is nevertheless very digestible and pleasant on the nose. Muff and mustiness can often be found at Kilkerran, but the maturation in Port Cask seems to completely cover this up. Milk coffee, espresso beans, caramel, block malt, nougat chocolate, almonds.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Amazingly soft attack, very creamy and mouth-filling. The tongue is immediately occupied by cherries, grapes, blueberries and plums, which then quickly have to make way for dry wood, cocoa and dark chocolate. There is a hint of menthol, initially, because it disappears again after a while. It's amazing how quickly the initial creaminess disappears without losing its softness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Obviously completely exhausted on the tongue, it says goodbye faster than necessary, but without giving up shining again with delicious fruit and chocolate notes.

  33. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  36. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  37. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty drinkable and good
    • Nose
      85 85
      Dried fruits, raisins, plums, figs, tobacco, acacia honey, some molasses, rum soaked cherries, spices, cloves, pepper, some vegetative notes, little leafy, walnuts
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, creamy, good sweetness, more dried fruits, raisins, molasses, rum soaked cherries, acacia honey, pepper, spices, woody notes, nuts
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, warm, fruity, forrest berries

  38. Gregorsky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  39. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Nikilema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Bart-msb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly good for an 8 years! Nice Port influence.

  42. MarcinCh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Dark amber color with ruby accents. Gestures and oily.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of red fruit. Dark, ripe fruit. Plum jam. A trace of smoke. Pinch of salt. Plum in chocolate. Minerality. A trace of ash underneath. An old cellar comes out. Blueberries and blueberries. Milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet. Plum in chocolate. Sea salt. Minerality. Spices. Spice. It warms you up.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dessert chocolate. Plum chocolate. Spices. Cinnamon. Pretty long. Traces of smoke and ash.

  43. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  44. ClixMalt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    8/10 - Great. Good buy for the RRP. However, not for the speculative price.

  45. Immerenga scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Damn!!
    This
    Is
    Nice!!

    N: ripe fruits. A hint of smoke. These must have been some nice port casks ????

    M: like a dry, fruity explosion ???? subtle smokiness that isn’t too ashy or sulphurous. Just delicious ????

    F: it just lingers and lingers. It’s really dry. I love it

  46. Maltman59 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind sample from a forum colleague.
    Thanks very much!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity sweet start. Alcohol gets up your nose.
      Red berries and wine. red wine or port wine.
      Some smoke, more from the cask than from the malt.
      Herbs join in.
      Complex and interesting.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Ohh he hits hard.
      Heavy alcohol influence. The mouth sizzles properly.
      Vinous notes and herbs predominate.
      Now it's getting bitter.
      Was the nose still good, in the mouth it seems a bit unbalanced.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Vinous notes
      barrel flavors and herbs.
      Slightly bitter.

  47. larswehmeier scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    As expected, very barrel-heavy. Luckily no/hardly any sulphur. Pleasantly dry in the mouth. Great nose!
    • Nose
      Extremely fruity, almost fermented: strawberries, raspberries, red grapes. Milk chocolate, matches, some tobacco.
      Very impressive!
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, very soft and at the same time warming, pleasantly dry. Fruit and chocolate are back.
    • Finish
      Very long, warming, chocolaty.

  48. Expraesi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  49. dramidaris scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  50. Odinson scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  51. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  52. HermanWJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very special Kilkerran, fragrant, tasteful and light smoke with a clear influence of the port cask.
    Lasts tingly for a long time. Excellent in a word! And that for Euro 62.50. Okay, this little dram may not have that typical Kilkerran outspokenness, but I don't think that's a reason to undervalue it. Therefore a fair 89 points!

  53. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Good but never really satisfying, I find the Kilkerran 8 Years Port Cask Matured lacks the distillery's DNA and is too reliant on the Port cask.
    • Nose
      The port influence is quite intense, masking some of the Kilkerran character. The earthy smoke is not very noticeable even. Big whiffs of cherry marmelade, cassis and even some aceto di balsamico. Also faint touches of linseed oil, nail varnish and shoe polish. Ending on nougat, mocha and a hint of leather.
    • Taste
      More smoky now. Earthy whiffs, jammy fruits, plenty of caramel and some light notes of straw. Some dirty touches as well, enhanced by coffee grounds and liquorice.
    • Finish
      Lingering oak spices and syrupy winey notes.

  54. Maltimizer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In a direct comparison with his brother from the sherry cask, the colleague is unfortunately at a disadvantage!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Mild and round, pickled berries, slightly jammy, tobacco, dust, vanilla and sea salt.
      The distillery character comes through well and goes quite well with the port barrel.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily and intense, sharper than its brother from the sherry cask, so not quite as round.
      Berry jam, black pepper, tobacco and vanilla. With the second and third sip, a clearly bitter note is added!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long and spicy, noticeably bitter and dirty, the alcohol is still quite present, the fruit moves into the background.

  55. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  56. Casketje scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful, clean (no sulfur) Campbeltown port matured whisky. Opens up nicely in the glass and with the addition of a few drops of water. Highly recommended, of course getting a bottle is the tricky part - I was able to get a bottle for a very decent price (less than €60) from a retailer who wanted to make sure the bottles he had ended up with people who actually drank them; so I opened the bottle together with him. Unfortunately these type of retailers are few and far between these days.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  57. Gregorsky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      87,5
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  58. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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

  59. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  60. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It's quite intense, the port influences are reflected in the aromas. But it urgently needs water to play out its nuances and is still quite aggressive on the palate, which I dislike a bit. A decent whisky, but way overpriced for what's on offer.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Directly alcoholic without water. Then roasted aromas, typical port notes with dark fruits, oak, vanilla, tobacco. It opens with water, now also citrus fruit, soy sauce, earthy notes
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweetness, grains, dark fruits, vanilla, salt, strong alcohol
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-length finish with spices, slight bitterness, oak, earthy notes and burning alcohol

  61. Dottore scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    As the saying goes: Other mothers also have beautiful daughters - and yet I was also willing to pay €140 for a bottle (for a bottle sharing) and I'm crazy about Campbeltown bottlings in 2022. In the last few years we have never been disappointed. The port barrel is unmistakable on the nose, slightly fermented dark fruits, here and there I imagine a slight cheesy-sour note. No sulphur. Apple compote, strawberry jam. Very very fruity. Plus grain notes. Light, fruity and fresh. Strong in the mouth but not pungent, maybe not perfectly integrated with the alcohol but absolutely drinkable. Wonderful symbiosis of fruitiness, freshness, an earthy dirtiness and the wonderful lightness of the Kilkerrand distillate. Slightly spicy tingling on the palate on the finish, a bit metallic and a lot of grandma's strawberry jam. I like it very much again, a wonderful drinking whisky for balmy summer evenings. 70€? At any time! But for the current prices I will probably do without in the future. 87 points

  62. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Dirty, dark fruits, red fruits, toffee, candied orange and a touch of leather, not bad

  63. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

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