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Kilkerran Work in Progress

Overall rating
86.17/100
votes
375
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

€ 136.33

27 × in wishlist

375 × member ratings

856 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Work in Progress

65 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.17 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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