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Kilkerran Work in Progress

Overall rating
86.18/100
votes
395
Whiskybase ID
WB55183
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
6th Release - Bourbon
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Bourbon Wood
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
14/195
Barcode
610854000745
Added on
28 May 2014 1:24 pm by Whiskyjones
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 124.35

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395 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Work in Progress

69 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.18 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blind 2oz sample

    Guess: 45%. Refill hogshead. 18 years. Highland Park.

    Thoughts: I’ve had this kind of exotic/greasy combo before and really enjoyed it, just as I enjoyed this one. It’s got the idiosyncrasies of a single cask, without the finesse of blending, and that said the alcohol is either low or extremely well integrated, so I go with 45%. I go with refill hogshead simply because I’ve had similar profiles from that type of cask. Lastly highland park because its got a bit of smoke but not much. It could very well be many distilleries though. Again; these are just guesses, watch it be a 3 year old first fill. Ha! It’s all good. Its always nice to be humbled in the scotch game. Thanks to my friend for the sample
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose: (87) Limes, clementine, ash, sourdough, green apple, kiwi, dragon fruit, gauze, a little grease even. A bit sour and yeasty. A bit exotic, a bit weird, but I like it
    • Taste
      89 89
      Palate: (89) Mouthcoating, slightly waxy, tart, kiwi, dragon fruit, apple, hints of lychee. Maybe slightly chalky? Satisfying, not as incongruous as the nose implied.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finish: (88) Sticks in your mouth awhile. Chewy, fresh, salty sweet, wispy smoke. Saltiness pleasantly builds in the finish.

  2. Otje did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Quote by Serge Valentin, Whiskyfun 1-1-2015:

    Kilkerran 10 yo 2004/2014 'Work in Progress - Bourbon Wood' (46%, OB, batch #6) Work in progress? Aren't ten years enough already? Anyway, batch #5 blew me away last year (WF 91), so we have high hopes now... Colour: straw. Nose: bread dough and mud and ink plus soot, bicycle inner tube and fresh walnuts. I'm asking you, what's not to like? Mouth: exceptional dryness, earthiness and 'green' smoke. Takes you tongue hostage, in a way, but that's a pleasure. Lemons, grapefruits, earth, green coffee, tar, greases, waxes, oils... It's all extremely old-school, and right up my alley. Don't get me wrong, I like modern stuff too, but I think this is unbeatable. All you can do when trying to add 'innovations' to perfection is going downhill - and make people laugh up their sleeves. Perfection is perfection, said Monsieur Jacques de Chabannes de La Palice. Finish: long, magnificent, greasy, oily, sooty, fat, and slightly lemony in the end. The aftertaste is fresh and clean, which is always a blessing. Comments: thank you Fabien, they did it again. I wouldn't swear this is better than last year's batch #5, though. But WIP, really? As far as styles are concerned, we aren't very far from Old Clynelish. Well, there's only one way to find out... SGP:452 - 91 points.

  3. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I'll be honest, I'm a little disappointed. When I see the craze for this whisky, I expected better. The nose promises a lot of things, but these promises are not kept in the mouth. Do not make me say what I did not say: it is a nice whisky, not badly done, pleasant to drink; but according to my criteria it is far from reaching 90+ elsewhere. A question of personal taste, I presume.

    (note made at the opening of the bottle)
    • Nose
      Smoked fish, fried onion, green apple, iodized peat, minty medicinal freshness, fresh pear, and some vanilla. Dry hay and seafood after aeration.
    • Taste
      Vanilla diluted, then the pear increases in power. Pepper explosion. Then it calms down, and vanilla pear comes back to the fore.
    • Finish
      Very short. A peppered kick that goes out immediately; the vanilla makes a little return, then nothing.

  4. Joint86 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant whisky with a recognizable distillery style. Fresh, light. Nice to drink without bothering with detailed analysis
    • Nose
      88 88
      Interesting, well decomposed into components. Sea breeze, minerals, citrus fruits, a little spice, a little wax
    • Taste
      87 87
      Light, fresh. Continuation of the mineral theme, vanilla, light bitterness
    • Finish
      86 86
      Middle. A little hot pepper, a lot of fresh wood

  5. whisky_garage scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    KILKERRAN WORK IN PROGRESS
    Aroma: Intense, sweetish. Industrial notes, minerality, butter dough, vanilla, citrus, mandarin zest, monpasier, canned peaches. After a while, light peaty notes, wet wool, the smoke of an autumn fire from dry grass and leaves appear.

    Taste: Intense, sweetish with a slight bitterness. Vanilla, citrus, minerality, apricot kernel, light honey trail. Tobacco notes, wet wood, a practically phantom peat theme.

    Finish: Long-lasting, sweetish with a pleasant bitterness. Vanilla, apricot pits, light haze.

    Conclusion: For its weight category and not only, quite bright, harmonious and balanced malt, with a perfectly accentuated base. Once again, aging in bourbon barrels suits Kilkerran very well.

    ⚡87 ⚡

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Its minerality, its revendicated minimalism and its incredible easiness on the palate actually make this Kilkerran a belter of a "drinking whisky", given you like its DNA, close in that regard to some mineral white wines like a Pouilly-Fumé. I can't call that a surprise given that some reviews were already glowing, but I fully confirm this : it's no beginner's whisky, it's not for everyday or every mood, but it's a winner in its simplicity and idiosyncrasy.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Some earthy potatoes at first, which isn't unusual in young, very distillate-driven whiskies in my experience. Then gets very idiosyncratic with graphite, plaster, wet chalk and paint. Extremely spirit-driven indeed but with a certain creaminess behind. A light touch of mineral peat, some "textile" notes as I often find in naked Longrows or Springbanks, and a fair amount of shoe polish. I think you get the idea. Very mineral and industrial, but with real elegance. To counterbalance that, creamy sides with cocoa butter and unripe banana. Austere but singular whisky.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Perfect arrival with incredible textural softness and a nice crescendo of the alcohol, which starts almost unnoticeable upon touching the tongue (which is always a pleasure). Starts with the creamier elements, so cocoa butter and banana, a little vanilla. Then reaffirms itself on its former austerity with graphite, pepper and a coffee bean. Extremely naked and simple in its progression, served by a sublime softness, the whole making it very more-ish. Less is more.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Quite short. Graphite, pepper, bitter citrus zest. Maybe a bit of hessian, or some wet sand. Clean, begging for further sips.

  7. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Strong, but with lots of subtle notes. I even like it better than the 16-year-old.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Mineral and fruity-sweet with a little oak and subtle ash notes, caramel and ripe citrus fruits, green apple, malt and biscuit, clove and cinnamon, fine tones of black smoked ham with traces of soot and BBQ, creamy honey and hazelnuts, salty and earthy, sourdough and yeast , Orange and pineapple, apricot, vanilla and banana, slightly waxy and oily structure, linseed, melon
    • Taste
      86 86
      smoked barley malt and vanilla, honey, caramel and citrus notes, ash and slightly earthy and bitter cocoa, spicy oak with cinnamon and pepper, oily and dirty, tart apple, smoked ham, mineral, tobacco, lightly burnt caramel, cherry and plum, almonds , Cedar and salt, candle wax, cardamom, leather, apricot
    • Finish
      85 85
      fine ash and barley malt, caramel and earthy-bitter cocoa powder, some oak wood with pepper and clove, a lot of honey, dirty and mineral, salty hazelnuts, slightly metallic, soot, hints of apricot and yellow apple

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I find this superior to the regular 12 y.o. OB.

    The 7th release is better on the palate due to the higher strength, but on the nose, they're almost equally good.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Activating Movement Control Order in less than 24 hours, 2 weeks stranded at home, and I am bless still has my family and whisky to curb my sorrow. And perhaps good times to finish read up all subscribed magazines that been sitting on the shelf..... and also the few books..... and smoke up the few cigars in the chiller. Keep clean and Keep your spirit up bros and sis during this tough time.

    N- Paper ashes, peeled wet tree barks with pool of sweets at the tail end, white chocolate, liquorice and bitter candy fragrant. Chrysanthemum + Pu-er tea. Soft, pleasing and always off the main stream. (87/21)

    P- Solid structure with bitter citrus sat firmly at both side of the palate. Vanilla chocolate come fore with honey, peat and earth, some curious cola emerge at the back. (87/21)

    F- Medium-long, exceptional waxy with this fine bitter note with greasy layer coats the tongue. A fine Clynelish comes to mind. But as always with Springbank, they just stand at a different class of its own. (90/22)

    B/B- 87/21

    Weighted Rate - 85pt. Not a high scoring dram, but enjoyable.
    • Nose
      N- Paper ashes, peeled wet tree barks with pool of sweets at the tail end, white chocolate, liquorice and bitter candy fragrant. Chrysanthemum + Pu-er tea. Soft, pleasing and always off the main stream. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Solid structure with bitter citrus sat firmly at both side of the palate. Vanilla chocolate come fore with honey, peat and earth, some curious cola emerge at the back. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, exceptional waxy with this fine bitter note with greasy layer coats the tongue. A fine Clynelish comes to mind. But as always with Springbank, they just stand at a different class of its own. (90/22)

      B/B- 87/21

      Weighted Rate - 85pt. Not a high scoring dram, but enjoyable.

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