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Overall rating
92.57/100
votes
65
Whiskybase ID
WB213956
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Regensburger Whisky- & Weinclub (RW&W)
Bottling serie
Private Club Bottling No. 14
Bottled
25.06.2022
Casktype
old refill Bourbon, old refill/fresh Oloroso
Strength
52.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Walhalla of Whisky Heroes & Founders
Added on
05 jul 2022 3:12 pm by Cheesehut-Fellows
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 228.00

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Whisky Reviews for Kilbride Killer NAS RW&W

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.57 points

  1. Cheesehut-Fellows did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This freshly bottled dram with old parts is currently in the discovery phase or in bottle shock. Since it had hardly any headspace in the barrels, i.e. hardly any oxygen and oxidative maturity, it now needs a lot of time: in the bottle and in the glass.

    Tar, peat, old bandages and plasters, leather, iodine, a hint of volcanic sulfur, chalky minerals, sherry, olive oil, flint, tires, campfire smoke, resin, plums, quinces, sour gooseberries, coffee, pepper, Mint, liquorice, ham crust, BBQ, wasabi, clams, chocolate, camphor, tobacco, gun oil and polished furniture. I finally have to drink after 45 minutes...

    On the palate it is round and sweet, even voluminous, it builds up and shows its class and the old parts. The sherry becomes clearer and accompanies the Islay character very successfully, as well as crack gun smoke, chocolate, iodine and grilled crustaceans. Acid meets sweetness. The alcohol is finely woven in, and yet the thing detonates and builds on the tongue.

    A very long finish follows, sweet, BBQ-like, also flint, burnout smells from big bikes, plum and sherry sweetness linger on. You want more, high drinkability is given. The long finale still influences subsequent whiskys because the iodine sweetness somehow bulges out. A real Islay cowboy around the old style campfire. Positioning in the line-up therefore rather ahead of other Islay whiskys.

    Conclusion: No rating yet, too much is happening here - some things will also unite and change positively. 'Give time' is the motto. God bless O2. Panta Rhei.

    Initial impressions are therefore likely to be different, and that's a good thing ... after all, it's just a schnapps!

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2022] Have you read the small hint "Bessie juice" at the bottom of the back label? There is just one "Bessie" known to whisky connoisseurs: Elizabeth Leitch Williamson (22 August 1910 – 26 May 1982) was a Scottish distillery manager and former owner of the Laphroaig distillery noted for being the first woman to manage a Scotch whisky distillery during the 20th century (source: Wikipedia). This dram is on you, dear Bessie! May you rest in Whisky Walhalla and enjoy all the great spirits there...

    ...and how I love such experiments! They mixed young and old Laphroaig single malt vintages altogether and let them marry and mature in one cask for several years. The result is both very interesting and quaffable. The nose smells more like that of a young Laphroaig while both taste and finish provide a flabbergasting mixture of young and older Laphroaig profile flavours. The texture hence mouthfeel / finish is excellent so all ingredients (different vintages) for this experiment were carefully selected, a big applause to Pit and his team!

    PS: Kilbride was a small settlement (less than 100 people) north of Laphroaig which is abandoned now. Laphroaig uses the water of the Kilbride lake for its whisky production.

    [July, 2022] A quick update after three weeks of oxidation in a half-empty bottle: The nose improved significantly with no punchiness any longer and more aromas popping up right from the start (91 points now). It seems the dram tastes rounder and smoother than at the first time (no score change).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose is a little punchy and harsh at the first sniff. So I followed the hint of others and let the dram breath in a big spherical blender's glass for more than one hour. The result is astonishing: Now the nose is much smoother and balanced without any harsh or alcoholic moments anymore. The profile is mainly driven by the powerful aromas of younger Laphroaig vintages together with significant modern sherry notes. After my olfactory cells adapted to this profile they recognise some older impressions too but these are very shy, unfortunately. After about two hours the nose vanished almost completely so take your time until you start nosing but do wait too long (and use a cover for the glass during breathing time).
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is more balanced between the younger and the older vintages with all contributing a fair share to a multi-layered experience. The wood is firm and provides a clear structure for all these different impressions and it never tries to dominate (like it does in so many modern Laphroaig releases). After some chewing the flavours combine to new impressions like chocolate (both milk and dark), mocha, old leather and more. There is not a single flaw or off-note that I can find, they selected excellent vintages for this experiment.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coats all parts of my mouth with a fine creamy texture within seconds. There are some minor peppery moments which are not distracting at all. The finish is accordingly long and adds more impressions of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans without any distracting moments until the very end. Some water does not change a lot in the nose but turns the taste much smoother and dangerously quaffable but the layers intermingle now. A further reduction turns the nose more peaty and the taste becomes now charming and silky. This dram swims like Michael Phelps (or Mark Spitz) and I like it both neat and reduced at various levels. So do not fool yourself with a strict "neat-only" drinking policy and play around with water, this is very recommended.

  3. jay83 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Slomotion gave 84 points. Absolutely no offence, but it would be very interesting to hear some contrary impressions...

  4. sealgair scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Only very roughly, because it changes/improves every few minutes: berry-sweet forest fire on the coast at low tide. But the highlight is the trick with the frog from Bonn...!

  5. Dottore scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The 14th bottling of the Regensburg Whisky & Wine Club, bottled exclusively for supporters of the Walhalla of Whisky, a museum that will hopefully soon overshadow all Regensburg sightseeing highlights. A Laphroaig - the allusions in the text and label make no secret of it. Here, too, different vintages were composed, the majority probably from the 90s. The whole thing then matured in excellent sherry casks for several years. Phenolic smoke, immediately one has the Islay south coast in mind. Buttery burnt caramel, tobacco leaves, dusty attic. Definitely not artificial or sterile, here it smells of sweat and hard, honest manual work, of love for the art of whisky.
    Brutally medicinal in the mouth. Iodine, salt, cough syrup with these typical medicinal herbs. Smoke. phenols. Old school sherry fruit, wet wood, leather. An aromatic firework that perfectly keeps the balance between the individual flavor components. Super changeable, here the sweetness pops up, there the leathery tobacco notes, there the sherry, here the smoke. Flowing, wild and yet so well tamed that it is simply a pleasure to have this drop in the glass. Of course, the bottling is still fresh in the bottle, I'm excited to see how it will develop over the next few months. I am almost convinced that after 1-2 years of aging in the bottle, the fireworks can shine even more. Blessed is he who has a bottle. A real pearl. 93+ points

  6. Dah6913 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Incredibly smooth, not a typical alcohol note. There is no stop, no enough. More and more and more. Not dyed and yet full of color. The nose is full, fruity and wonderful. The taste is intense but not overpowering. The drop is indescribable-indescribable, and that's why I don't bother any further. Who wants to know the diameter of the sun at sunset?!

  7. Hector_Savage scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Ah yes, if the nose is good but the palate is even better, then it's usually great shit.
    For me personally he is just behind the seagull, but I also like the Bowmore character a little better :)

    And the nose is also beautiful because it (fortunately) changes so well, because in the first 10 minutes it was a bit too inharmonious for me.
    Then a balanced, beautiful interplay of delicate smoke, lots of fruit and salty/maritime notes begins.
    It is also fascinating that after about three quarters of an hour the alcohol no longer stings the nose even from the Blenders glass.
    It sounds a bit crazy, but the desire for more alcohol for a stronger intensity or a longer aroma presence is there, because you have the feeling that it slowly runs out of breath after 30-40 minutes... I haven't had that with the Blenders glass either.

    The palate is then just phenomenally balanced, oily and very, very rich.
    You just don't want to stop chewing on it and because the finish is also super long, you can do exactly that for a long time and happily smack your lips.

    That's why I'm now stopping to write with a big grin on my face, because it's also dangerously easy to drink.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Mitswhisky scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Very complex and has a astonishing development over time!
    Give it an Hour or maybe a bit more.
    This one needs to breathe.

  9. MFHaberl scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    The latest bottling from Regensburg changes in my glass every ten minutes and delights me with dry, rather yellow fruits and sweet spices - in the background I smell children's chocolate fresh from the refrigerator. The smoke is very much in the background and competes with subtle nuances of mace.

    The typical medicinal iodine then explodes in the mouth and then clears the stage for aromas of burnt morning pipe tobacco and dry licorice roots. The bitter sweetness of fresh oak bark completes the ode to our water of life, leaving a tannic and quite astringent dryness that fills every corner of my mouth for a very long time.

    I'm curious how this material will develop in the coming weeks and months.

  10. tommi71 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    After my sample was allowed to breathe in a larger bottle for a good 3 weeks,
    Today is the right day, and the Kilbride Killer can finally go into the glass.
    I'm very excited to see if he can do justice to the 92+ points in base.

    According to clear indications on the bottle, it is a Laphroaig, composed of different vintages.
    Portions and vintages up to 40 years old, well into the 1960s, were combined with portions of middle age many years ago and finished in an almost 50-year-old Oloroso Butt.

    After pouring, he was allowed to breathe in the glass for another 45 minutes, the alcohol perfectly integrated, almost non-existent.
    From the first smell it is clear where this malt comes from, it can only be South Islay.
    The nose changes every minute, new aromas are constantly being added or changing. Very exciting and mega complex.
    I could go on smelling forever, but I don't do it, I finally want to try it now.

    In the mouth then like an explosion, really a killer.
    Up and down, new flavors keep coming, very, very well done, I'm thrilled.
    Sorry, I'm not a notes writer, I can't even describe all the aromas.

    A very long finish follows, a somewhat dry iodine sweetness occupies the mouth for quite a long time.
    The substance is very tasty, I want the next sip immediately, I want more, too tasty !!

    Conclusion: Wow wow wow, great whisky cinema. My highlight of the year so far.
    Anything that comes next will have a hard time knocking him off the throne.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fantastic and constantly changing.
    • Taste
      95 95
      explosion in the mouth.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Very long and intense.

  11. Keppi63 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    After opening the bottle 2 weeks ago and removing 10 cl, I dealt with this special whisky again today.
    I poured it into an open-pored ice glass, swirled it around and let it rest for another 45 minutes.
    He's still a grab bag that's always changing.
    With regard to the flavors, I can only agree with the previous reviews, my conclusion is: The substance knocks you off the chair in terms of quality.
    The Killer, the Seagull and the Volxwhisky are by far the best you could get in this price range. In my subjective opinion, the killer doesn't need to hide from the 1963 Bowmore Anniversery.
    Many thanks to RW&W, especially to Pit, who makes such enjoyment possible with his philosophy.
    Great cinema. Chapeau

  12. Mitswhisky scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    What a masterpiece.

    Pit‘s recommendation to drink it is worth a try!

    After pouring out 20cl and lifting the cork every day for two weeks improves this beauty and amazing killer from 92 to 95 or maybe more points (for me)!

    Thanks and sláinte

  13. RiverNevis scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Very impressive. I'm almost overwhelmed by its complexity, maybe give it some breathing room. It keeps turning, wow. Paradise on Islay, Zugsalve on Chimney Sweep!

  14. DannyDram scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A chameleon, very good intensity and a lot of depth. Unique.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Extinguished campfire, caramel, butterscotch, sherry, dark dried fruit, liquorice, tobacco, farmy. Balanced, pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Medicinal, iodine, maritime, pepper, orange, liquorice. Round, nice texture, sweet, delicate, pronounced intensity.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Spicy, medicinal, iodine, pepper. Spicy, long finish, very nice aftertaste.

  15. grinface scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully balanced and the mix of old and young casks is also recognizable. In addition, it was also a really good Oloroso cask. But that might also be a problem. This is a tasty and dominant component that gives the Laphroaig less air than I might hope for. Still, really tasty stuff! Thank you Pit for bottling this!

    Full review in a flight of 8 disclosed and undisclosed Laphroaig: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/07/19/laphroaig-oder-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      91 91
      Red berries, a nicely integrated smoke. Then it becomes beautifully herbaceous and intensely spicy. Nice young peat notes. I also like to hear a little broth and meat juice.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Nice smoke spinning in circles. In addition berries again. Now more in a compote or a cream, freshly mixed for the cake. Then come salty and maritime notes. Peat also becomes more intense over time. If you give it a little time in the glass, it also has coffee notes and dark roasted aromas.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Bitter notes carry the splendor through the door. Dark chocolate, espresso beans, intense tobacco. But let's not forget what was there before: smoke, berries (now crushed on the seeds and skin), everything is still there.

  16. short0r scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Tabacco rolled bbq crisps
      Blueberry marmalade
      Toffee

  17. JoshNRW scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Today I finally have the leisure to try my 5cl sample. Two whole bottles are on their way to me so I really hope the whisky is as good as the reviews here.

    The nose is clean, intense and very good. The palate even a tick better.
    For me, almost 92 points, with the price-performance ratio, the idea behind it and the interplay or variety being the deciding factors for the 92 points.

    And yes: you notice a clear difference between minute 5, minute 30, minute 45 and minute 60. So it's best to organize a 5cl sample.

    It tolerates water well and stays that way, but I personally like it a little better without water.
    • Nose
      91 91
      91.5
      30 minutes in the blender glass and sniffed it in between. The first thing I notice is that the alcohol is strong but very well integrated; the flavors are rich and clean.
      The medicinal, clear campfire smoke in the foreground is accompanied by dark, rather dry aromas (burnt butter, tobacco, coffee beans, leather, sherry aromas, dry wood).

      The - very, very good - 10er Cask Strength (Batch 11), which I have in my glass at the same time, is much lighter in comparison, much less intense and rich in aroma.

      The whisky doesn't appear particularly aged and (on the nose at least) doesn't have the tropical fruit flavors of old Islay whiskies, but still offers a nice cleaner intensity.

      Over time, the whisky becomes slightly sweeter and the dry, dark aromas soften, with a hint of plum at the end. Surprisingly, the 10er CS (see above) and this one in the nose are getting closer and closer - but that's because the 10er CS Batch 11 also takes time in the glass and is a great whisky.
    • Taste
      92 92
      92.5
      On the palate it starts relatively mild, but then builds up a slightly salty and peppery smokiness accompanied by sweet dark fruit compote notes.
      The bitterness of the wood is almost perfect and subtle, but present throughout.

      Overall, the aromas are dominated by the iodine-smoky aromas and yet they harmonize very well with the influence of the sherry aromas. Again a great intensity and with a little water also an impressive creaminess.

      The 10er CS is much stronger and younger on the palate in comparison. This is where the Kilbride Killer's OBF influence is particularly noticeable.
    • Finish
      92 92
      91.5
      The mouthfeel is oily, dry and sweet at the end. The finish is rather long, not super-super complex, but quite exciting.
      With a little water you can literally smack it, it's so creamy now.

  18. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and a high intensity bouquet. I have aromas of dry maritime peat smoke, vanilla, creme brulee, plum wine, raisin syrup, cinnamon, clove, pipe tobacco, spicy oak and nutmeg. Pretty complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and it has a heavy body.

  19. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Starts great on the nose, still good on the palate, the leathery notes become louder in the finish which lowers my rating a bit - overall still very good
    • Nose
      93 93
      Dried fruits, plums, figs, nuts, fried sugar banana, tobacco, brown sugar, acacia honey, fine sherry wood, spices, cinnamon, hints of nutmeg, whiffs of peat and smoke - great!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, oily, creamy, liquorice, acacia honey, spices, subtle sweetmess, nuts, brown sugar, tobacco, sherry wood, dried fruits, hints of leather and engine oil, spices, pepper, nutmeg - very good!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, dried fruits, tobaccos, leathery notes, hints of sulphur

  20. herby.usa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Bottle freshly opened.
    First impressions and notes below.
    Fact: As Pit already mentioned, the boy needs time and the connoisseur needs patience!

    Further details will follow at a later date.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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