Kilkerran Work in Progress

Overall rating
86.14/100
votes
406
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

€ 341.44

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran Work in Progress

69 users have left 74 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.14 points.

  1. Ninofdram scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. valentinrev scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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 ⚡

  10. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  11. 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.

  12. WSP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Well, this smell more Springbank than Springbank - Sour dough, fresh and crisp citrus notes, which is almost perfect. Slight grassy, and earthy, and full on minerals.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Pretty smoky, sooty, lime and lemon, always a good pair, extremely fresh and lively. The ashy-ness is consistently complimenting the palate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Lemon, orange peel, and a very oily mouthfeel. Medium long finish.

  14. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very similar to the powerful 8y in the Aromatik, only slightly less steam due to the lower alcohol strength.

    In my opinion, this is almost the same whisky.

  15. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.

  16. Sandman scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke, peach, pear, lemon, vanilla, apple, almonds, honey, pineapple and seaweed.
    • Taste
      Turf foil, campfire, lemon, smoked ham, peach, apple, almonds, licorice, honey, sea salt and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Short to medium-long, lemon peel, tobacco, smoky taste, hints of turfo, sea salt and green apples.

  17. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      We are definitely on Campbeltown. Big notes of lemons with mineral peat, notes of limestone. Big fat vanilla aroma with overlying maritime notes. Touch of burnt plastic in there as well.
    • Taste
      Big on the lemons and maritime notes. Again the mineral notes appear with a touch of blackberries.
    • Finish
      Strong on the minerals, drying with a big touch of Campbeltown style maritime and peat.

  18. 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.

  19. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is extremely to my liking with good complexity, really good integration of the smoke, restraint cask influence and enough freshness to counteract the dirtiness.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. Harvey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    No gimmicks here, just good whisky. Love this "Springbank" profile on these Kilkerrans.

  21. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I liked it, there is something so distinctive in it, interesting, very good density and depth with a small fortress and obvious youth, it's generally done well, no disentangling, everything is in its place, the basis is in the foreground, the barrel only shades and frames it, there is There's something from Springbank and Scotia.
    • Nose
      Clear, moist, damp wood, light notes of peat and smoke, leather products - a worn leather jacket, a worn, greasy belt; raisin water, herbal tones, salt and mineral motifs, lemon, orange.
    • Taste
      Thick, not bad for a standard fortress, pepper-wood with notes of lemon peel and herbal hues, malt, a little loaf-moonshine motifs.
    • Finish
      Spicy, lemon-pepper with greasy-oily shades, kvass, a little malt, light bitterness of light beer.

  22. Pikehunter scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    DDiep,

    Thanks for the sample ;-) 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 3/5 Whisky n ° 1466
    • Nose
      Rather delicate. Honey sweets. Vegetable smoke. Already spicy. Malt is becoming more and more important.
    • Taste
      Well sharp and spicy, it gives mostly malt (no fruit unfortunately). Hang slightly.
    • Finish
      Spicy and quite austere.

  24. gerardsmike scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  25. Zoltavar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    As usual with Kilkerran good whisky, as usual also praised fair, in this release, the Bourbon keg is not so dominant, but it turns out much smoother than its predecessors.
    • Nose
      starts sour-fruity, lemon, green apple, then becomes sweeter with vanilla, honey and some nut nougat cream, later still earthy, wet old wood, a little bit mineral, a bit sweet-musty-mushy
    • Taste
      Crunchy, grainy with nut and a little pepper, over it lies a gentle, but clearly sweetish smoke, and again earth, a bit mineral, salty, a hint of tobacco
    • Finish
      dry, peffrigig, the smoke comes here again pretty strong advantage, to some walnut

  27. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Reasonable, but I wouldn't buy a bottle of this one.
    • Nose
      Young, with some metallic notes, pear and lemon juice. Also an over-infused wood character with vanilla and oak shavings. Behind that, there is earthy, dirty peat. After a while, the somewhat sick young smell vanishes (luckily). It gets fresh and earthy: mainly lemon, peat, putty and forest soil. 
    • Taste
      Medium bodied, with some spices, and further the same combination of fresh lemons with earthy peat and tobacco. Not overly complex though. 
    • Finish
      Short to medium. A little drying on ginger, otherwise the earthy notes dominate. 

  28. ahroeen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: vanilla, wood, lemon, liquorice. Some smoke. Is that hazelnut? Spicy; turmeric, cumin, ginger, cardamom?

    Taste: smoke, vanilla, black pepper. The citrus has more of an orange-y flavour, not as sour as on the nose. And some hazelnut.

    Finish: lingering, but the pepper quickly gives way to ginger and cardamom.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  30. hfos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  31. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  32. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Notes of bourbon cask led mushrooms, rich herbals and vibrant Weetabix
    T: clean, smoky-ish barley with good form, body and mouthfeel.
    F: There are vanilla notes translated in a creamy milky way. Delicious no less
    C: So very like the Kilkerran 12yo that was released only weeks ago albeit with less smoke. Loses a few points for less complexity.

    Scores a B

  33. steinrich scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  36. Torfding scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    good to drink, complex and well balanced, only the finish leaves something behind; I vary between 87 and 88 points
    • Nose
      Lots of green apple and other fruits (citrus pineapple), roasted nuts and a nice soft peat note, vanilla, hay and flowers, a vague gum note, later make some light bread and a hint of mint noticeable
    • Taste
      it remains softly peaty, nutty and fruity with caramel and a fine saltiness, behind it shimmers a little sweet, mild pepper, herbs and some dry, bitter oak; At first a little sweet, the mouthfeel gets creamier with time
    • Finish
      medium; a bit peppery and oak, slightly bitter and very dry, the taste of fine salt stays a little longer

  37. Daan Tje scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  38. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: clean but round, vanilla, oak. A lot of spices. Herbal. Hint of bandages. Taste: salt and peppery arrival. Some sweet honey. Gets nice and thick, oily. Very round again. Gets creamier and less peppery with water.
    Finish: hint of smoke, peppery oak. A nice slightly bitter and dry end.

  39. Shane_IL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This malt has a lovely profile, works well with bourbon or sherry casks. 
    • Nose
      Quite a strong herbal note. Copper. Earth. Fresh pineapple. Some rubber. Salt. Honey Liqueur. Seville oranges. Lavender. Boiled sweets. Hint of toffee. 
    • Taste
      Oily wood. Dry grass. Honey. Cloves. Orange peel. Mulch. Peppermint on the swallow. 
    • Finish
      Long. Quite dry. Slightly woody. Some bitter fruits. Sweet honey. Lingering earthy note. 

  40. Robert Parker scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Tasty drop and when he was still available it was definitely worth the money!
    • Nose
      bright fruits, green apples, pear, pineapple, lemon with some acidity, floral
    • Taste
      Oak, lemon, bitterness, apples and pears, season - slightly spicy (pleasant) on the tongue. some malt
    • Finish
      slightly warming, medium light bitterness, light smoke, maltiness

  41. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  42. Sandman scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 18-10-2014
    • Nose
      Herbs, spices, iodine, salt, fruit and vanilla
    • Taste
      Herbs, nuts, rubber, fruit, spirity and a touch of smoke
    • Finish
      Medium, dry and tones of vanilla

  43. WillemvdK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Is this still a Work In Progress? Must be a joke. I opened this bottle a while ago but it took me a while to finish it. Not because it's bad, but because I liked it so much I saved it for those special malt moments. I'm going to savor this last dram I have left. Excellent stuff.
    • Nose
      Very old school, very campbeltown. Compost, rusty metal, flint, white bread and rubber.
    • Taste
      Earthy and dry at first, but swiftly develops into this sweet and malty delight. White bread, some lemon and other citrus fruits and some earthy peat smoke. Pretty damp.
    • Finish
      Smoky and fairly long. Bone-dry, but good.

  44. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  45. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great. But then again, I'm in love with this profile. The nose makes up for what the finish lacks.
    • Nose
      Hmmm, yes, this is from the Springbank family :). Earthy, rusty, sweet bourbon vanilla, honey, hay, dark chocolate, apples, some grape, some citrus, even some mint. Pineapple, melon, faint banana and oranges, maybe even some coconut. Fantastic. I could smell on this all evening.
    • Taste
      Starts slowly, sweet, oily, vanilla, comes on full now, earth, rust, apples, melon, some banana and oranges, minty, then malty and nutty
    • Finish
      Unfortunately not that long. Doesn't get bitter. Dies out evenly. Some earthiness and sweetness lingers.

  46. Blo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very atypical, quite unique, but most important : Pretty excellent. Glengyle distillery confirms all the expectations people placed in them. Besides, regarding to its price, you have to try it. I loved it, despite a short finish and maybe a global feeling that this one is a bit too young to reach the 90+
    • Nose
      Sweet vanilla, apples just like dry cider. Subtle smoky notes. Dry and earthy also. Not weak at all at 46% and the alcohol is very well integrated. After a few minutes the smoky notes leave place to the cider. Very nice nose, good balance between the dry and fruity notes. Not usual.
    • Taste
      Exceptionnally dry, salty and austere. The result is excellent and very atypical. Green apples coming next, along with smoky and dry notes. Excellent but I like this kind of profile, which might not be the case for .
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, more salty and a bit astringent. Probably the only (minor) weakness of this one.

  47. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    I had a taste of this at Newcastle whisky festival and it was the stand out malt that was in my price range. Absolutely loved it and at 46% it tasted incredibly smooth. A good price and I highly recommend it.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    I bought this at the Newcastle whisky festival. This is a superb malt, as you would expect from Campbell Town.
    • Nose
      Fresh bread straight out of the oven. The smokiness and the peat are very subtle, early morning spring mushrooms and mossy spring water with hints of citrus and vanilla.
    • Taste
      First mouth feel it has that buttery texture and is quite salty, a little pinch of Rosemary and big pinch of pepper. Swill it about and the citrus shows it's hand. For 46% this tastes very smooth and it also has quite a kick.
    • Finish
      A long finish and the peat lingers in the background nicely and a little puff of smoke on the death.

  49. Opeth83 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really a lot more mature than the # 2 I have and beautiful to see how a whisky develops in a few years. Still a unique profile of walnuts, oil and a pinch of sea salt, I recognize Clynelish but it is still different (darker, less fruity).
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. joep scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  51. checkpointuk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/kilkerran-die-neueste-alte-destillerie-in-campbeltown-36428/ Color: white wine
    Nose: slightly spicy lemon with a hint of gum. Green-floral aromas with oncoming vanilla, bergamot and slightly fruity-sweet notes of yellow apples.
    Taste: Thin and sweet structure and here again the snap hit. Creamy with sweet honey, herbs and salty dressing. To the finish fruity-sweet (yellow fruits) with emerging oak wood notes.
    Finish: Medium length - sweet fruit components in balance with dry green wood, some leather and later very dull fading.
    Comment: Much better than the "Sherry" - which was not that difficult.
    85 points (nose: 85 / taste: 86 / finish: 83)

  52. Flanagan scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    I love it more and more. In perfect harmony, very wise for its age.... Great dram... and just "in progress"...the bar is high.
    It will be #2nd on my "affordable dram" list...just next to the Laga16.
    Buy at sight dram
    • Nose
      Shy at the beginning, but grows glass after glass. Buttery, typical Campbeltown. Peach, fruit, sweet and a gentle nutty smokiness.
    • Taste
      More nuts, more sweetness above the fruits, little spice and salt...give it time. The more the better.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, sweet, the salt faints away slowly, and a subtile smoke remains.

  53. Flanagan scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    It is an excellent whisky very well balanced with a lot of finesse. The nose is indeed shy at the beginning but after my 5th glass, bottle opened for 2 weeks, this dram starts to gain intensity. It is a great dram that starts small and grow big and harmonious. Blind, it would difficult it is that young. Definitely a 90+

  54. rottendon scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A drinking whisky! Pleasant, fine nose, quite complex but no comparison to the taste. This encourages more and more sip to get all the aromas sorted, hopeless! Very well balanced, everything is right. Only the departure is a bit short.
    • Nose
      A barrage of fresh apples greets you immediately. Then light citrus notes, a little smoke, malt. Light mint notes and grains and still a colorful fruit basket. The warmer it gets, the more the fruits go and the bready, nutty notes come to the front. Drying. After the first sip, the smoke is suddenly there. Iodine, salty smoke notes. And then, if you do not expect it, sweet vanilla.
    • Taste
      Wow, straight forward! There's everything: vanilla sweetness, peat smoke, oak bitterness, fruits, earth, some pepper, nuts, salt ... Incredibly complex.
    • Finish
      Short to medium length finish, dry, slightly furry occupancy of the mouth. Slightly sandy, earthy. Smoke.

  55. irrerelevant scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    In the nose: Cool, fresh, pleasantly metallic, salty, the fruit reminds me of Talisker (10y), sweet, ripe green apple, full / dense, vanilla, apricot jam, light grain (oat / wheat), subtle tender camp fire smoke, mild, pleasant oak comes , is gradually becoming stronger, Brazil nut / walnut, really mineral, lively and fresh with no alcohol, freshly baked white bread, dry white wine, marshmallows With water, the oak is clearer, more pleasant, creamy already in the nose, soft, light caramel, the fruit goes towards the juice.
    In the mouth: everything plays so wonderfully together, pleasantly creamy, while mineral-tingling, literally like mineral water, the smoke is a little clearer, the beautiful fruitiness is there, together with sweetness of light caramel and pleasant distinct bitterness, in the center stands the maritime character, Federweisser, overripe exotic fruit, incredibly complex and full. With water, the sweetness becomes clearer, sugary, but with a "softness" of caramel, to the oak comes a distinct grain note, wheat or "breakfast cereals" / Kellogs smacks
    In the finish: Long, the mineral remains, some smoke, American oak and a bit fruity, dries
    What a beautiful maritime malt from ex-bourbon barrels. Reminds me here and there of the 10er Talisker, although without the pepper, but "elegant" restrained and complex. Has a clear line, straightforward, honest, of course, "artisanal", everything fits together so well that I find it difficult to take all the impressions apart.

  56. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lemon. Clay, putty, damp earth, walnuts. Sooty. Background white fruits. A little doughy. 
    • Taste
      Citrus. Quite smoky. Oily, musty, more walnuts, green vegetal notes.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Herbal. Nice late vanilla notes.

  57. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose was somewhat
    shy, but on the palate it opened up beautifully.
    • Nose
      I immediately get
      citrus and malt on the nose, with a twig of mint and loads of porridge. Gooseberries,
      green apples and a lot of pears. Slowly but surely this evolves towards dried
      apricots. Caramel and vanilla. And of course a bit of peat, but very discrete.
    • Taste
      The body is more than
      fine. Even oily. Pretty sweet upon arrival, vanilla taking the lead, before the
      fruit kicks in. Quite peaty, though! I had not expected this after the soft
      nose. Walnut pie, should such exist. Touch of rubber, though. Evolves towards
      exotic fruit, even. Mango? Papaya? Agrum? Nice.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly
      short, but quite pleasant on spices, smoke and walnuts. Maybe even some white
      chocolate and almonds at the very end.

  58. z-imaging scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Interesting and very well made whisky with the typical Campbeltown style.
    • Nose
      Herbs, spices, bourbon fruits - pine apple, mango, papaya, just a touch of peat
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, all exotic fruits are still there, a little dry. nice alcohol level at 46%
    • Finish
      Medium long with vanilla, mango, pepper and spices, peat from the nose is back here to end all this

  59. Toffie76 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice, straight forward, a little abrupt but in a good way. A dram with promising quality that will be interesting to see evolve in the next years.
    • Nose
      Smoke, discrete peat, vanilla, eucalyptus, mint, green fruits; apples and pears. Mineral, iodized and salty.
    • Taste
      Powerful, spicy, crisp, clean. A bit short. Explosive, retro-olfaction a bit aggressive. Opens on laurel, cloves and ginger.
    • Finish
      A bit short. Fine woody bitterness. A touch of vanilla.

  60. 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.

  61. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Earthy, yeasty, nutty and oily nose, with some lovely soft sweet fruits lingering in the background (mango, citrus fruits, pear drops, ripe banana). A couple of drops of water bring out a bit more wood, add a hint of something metallic, and the yeasty elements become much more dough-like. Earthy and peppery on the palate, with soft roasted coffee beans, toffee and sea salt keeping things interesting. Medium length finish with a hint of smoke bringing a distinctive Campbelltown profile, albeit slightly too bitter for my palate.

  62. 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.

  63. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is my kind of dram. Like a combination of hazelburn and the lightly peated Kilchoman 100% islay. The pettiness is not even close to the Kilchoman of course but there is the same type of cereal notes. Amazing!

    (Rating interval 86-89)
    • Nose
      Wow, plenty with breakfast cereal, malt, vanilla crackers, rice krispies and lemon drops. Not a complex nose, quite straight forward but this level of cereal notes really suits me.
    • Taste
      Good texture! Again cereal, some hay or straw, mineral, pepper, some soft vanilla, salt and really delicate smoke in the background. 
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length with vanilla, rice krispies, some citrus, hints of table salt and still the delicate smoke balancing everything in the background.

  64. kulideli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: rather light smoke (not like Islay) reminiscent of Springbank (probably the smoky malt comes from there), immediately citrus flavors, mint;

    Taste: medicinal smoke, sweet, caramel, strong;

    Finish: quite old for age, with caramel;
    Conclusion: Very delicious single malt, nice smoke, strong barrel flavors, so mutt datt sinn! The PLV is great despite the youth.

  65. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Rhubarb,apricots, oranges and porridge.
    First Glengyle and it tasted just as I thought it would be. Cambeltown style.

  66. Cerebrum scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Great! Great single malt. Very varied and complex!
    • Nose
      In the nose are found very clearly the officially indicated sweetened-dried apricots. Otherwise fresh fruits - sweet but with a lively acidity. Green apples, whole fresh pears. In addition, the single malt is very creamy-oily already in the smell. Caramel, very little vanilla and very far away I feel a touch of coconut. With prolonged crawl it gets a little spicier and one takes a hint of menthol / cooling alcohol in the nose. Far away is a hint of smoke over the flavors.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, the WIP6 is initially sweet and creamy / oily: caramel, buttescotch, toffee and a little walnut. Then he becomes much fruity. Again sweet apricots, raisins, apples, brown sugar, overripe mango.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish - soft and creamy and spicy. A very pleasant mild oak knocks on and it remains very light smoke on the palate.

  67. ThS scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Yeah. The mouth is ok, the finish is passable and the nose not at all attractive.
    • Nose
      Alcoholic nose and not very expressive. A little pear, apple peel. Behind, that a little yeast, almond. Solvent on all that. Wood behind, but discreet, which is not bad.
    • Taste
      Mouth quite round and fat, balanced between sugar and alcohol. Silky, it is easy on coffee and frangipane. Much better than the nose. Pleasant.
    • Finish
      Finale of suitable length. More spicy, with notes of bitterness.

  68. metropolis13 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose is almost immature while the mouth shows a nice balance and more greed (almond grilled in particular) Too bad the reduction makes it a little weak in attack and runs in the final. I am less convinced by the nose than the mouth but this is promising for the next batch (especially if they come out in CS!)
    • Nose
      Young and quite pure (the wood does not speak), wet cereals and white fruits (especially pear) which betrayed his youth again. Some roots of plants a bit bitter (gentian) and at the bottom a little citrus (orange) with a tip "coastal" and a little white pepper.
    • Taste
      Light in attack, almost watery then it becomes oily and reminds me of the excellent Springbank Bourbon Blues with its combo Coco / smoke but not peat. It becomes a little vinous in retro-olfaction and leaves on the orange wine.
    • Finish
      The final is a little short (effect of the reduction?) Is influenced by the bourbon (almond / coconut).

  69. addyhd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Verry nice typical campbeltown whisky, i wonder how it wil taste in the future and how it wil be on Cask strenght . Good work in progress

  70. Akoo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A versatile dram that is not for busy people! It takes time, but once opened, there is a festival of flavors. The discreet smoke is a pleasant surprise and the whole is of a very high standard! Kilkerran is very promising, in line with his big sister, Springbank.
    • Nose
      At the opening, youthful notes, almost immaturity. Cereals, a lot of cereals. Sand. The nose is almost dusty. In general, it seems very closed, although we can detect an atypical profile. Let it open a few minutes ... Finally, it's open! Notes of lemon and ginger finally titillate the nostrils, in a rather saline atmosphere. With a little more openness, the parade begins: pears, green apples, mango, papaya, cinnamon, cardamom, lavender ... A truly fruity and spicy profile, softened by some scents of vanilla and honey.
    • Taste
      Mama-mia! We take the fruits and spices of the nose, we add a good dose of nuts and hazelnuts, mint, pepper and ... smoke! Just a trait that exhausts the whole. A mineral side that gives it a rough consistency, but very balanced. Spices leave room for fruit. Alcohol is well integrated. A success made in Campbeltown without any doubt!
    • Finish
      long and intense on pepper, ginger, mint and smoke.

  71. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the WIP V Bourbon Wood, it has gained considerable maturity and character. Mother Springbank is really showing her face now. 2 points up.
    More peaty than the sherry version of the WIP VI. I have a slight preference for this one.
    • Nose
      Mango, peat, papaya, vanilla, gingerbread, chestnut and a whiff of smoked trout. Quite oily.
    • Taste
      Papaya, peat, mango, caramel and chestnut.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate and mango.

  72. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    can't wait to see this baby develop
    • Nose
      typical Campbeltown with herbs, spices, oily, briny - salt, nice bourbon fruits - pine apple and caramel
    • Taste
      rubber, briny - salt, exotic fruits, spices, bread and pastry 
    • Finish
      medium drying with vanilla, some smoke, nutmeg and pepper

  73. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Note from label:

    Nose: Inviting and homely straight away. Ripe green apples, herbal sweetness and rich in sugar glazed apriots.

    Palate: It's nuts! Rich oily walnuts, continuing the wholesome notes from the nose. More a work in perfection thans work in progress, with a great, delicate balance between the sweeter fruit notes and lively spices. It is unmistakenly Camplbeltown, so comforting and rich. It gets sweeter and sticker with a touch of water.

    Finish: This dram is not for the impatiant! Treat it like a cryptic crossword, give it time and enjoy this fabulous Campbeltown spirit.  

  74. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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