Kilkerran Work in Progress

Overall rating
84.40/100
votes
335
Whiskybase ID
WB67378
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
7th Release - Sherry
Bottled
14.05.2015
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Green Label
Bottle code
15/219
Barcode
610854001315
Added on
28 apr 2015 6:54 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 265.72

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran Work in Progress

59 users have left 63 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.40 points.

  1. Bembel scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh and sweet. Balanced sherry character. Subtly earthy. Toffee and marshmallows. Also a hint of green apple.
    • Taste
      Dark, fully ripe cherries. Spicy Oak. Pastries with honey.
      Salivation sets in.
    • Finish
      Oily in the mouth but getting dry. Oak stays with some nut.

  2. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A mellow and mild Kilkerran, this was not the aggressive flavor bomb I have come to expect from more recent distillery releases. I enjoyed how restrained the sherry influence was and found that this reminded me quite a bit of Laphroaig, but softer and mellower. A feather pillow version of Laphroaig with some of the same phenolic bite, maritime notes, and medicinal undercurrents.
    • Nose
      Maritime, meat, and unripened tropical fruits. Barbecue pork belly came to mind with notes of salt, caramelized sugars, and fatty meat. Beyond the initial meatiness, that dram became mellow and maritime with sea breezes, tropical florals, and a slight antiseptic edge. Further in were hints of unripened tropical fruits: green mango, papaya, and green coconut.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied with fruit, herbs, and salt. Fruity up front with stewed plums, citrus zest, and hints of grilled tropical fruits. Soft and unaggressive, behind the fruit were notes of salt ponds, mineral water, and ginger spice. Herbal tobacco, camphor, and antiseptic notes lingered on the back palate.
    • Finish
      Lingering charred fruit, salt, and a mellow sherry funk.

  3. Nosingbär scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    In principle, I like Sherry Wood Kilkerran better than from the Bourbon cask, I think the combination fits quite well. In that case I have the feeling that the whisky is a little immature. For me it falls into the category, I can enjoy it well, but I would only buy it again if it was a cheap price. 85/100.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A certain Glenfarclas-like sulphur/sulphur note. "Wild", "dirty" sherry with a good portion of caramel of the almost burnt variety, so certainly not in the direction of toffee/butterscotch but rather bittersweet. Behind it, a very sweet note towards Amarena cherries and candied orange. Cotton candy. Back to the smoke, which shows up with a lot of salt and has the character of cold, stale cigarette smoke - not exactly my preference, but in this case it's reasonably well integrated because it hits a similar note to the rather wild sherry character. There is also a clear acidity, in the direction of limes or sour berries such as currants, oily and voluminous.
    • Taste
      83 83
      powerful attack, oily, heavy in the mouth. First of all sour, then sweet, then the smoke comes over everything. A little juniper flavor, pepper. Seems a bit immature at the Taste, as if a significant portion of the alcohol hasn't been tamed off the cask. Where even more flavor could have been brought out.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Salt, sour berries, a little smoke that fades away. Little eventful at the first sip. Juniper as in the key. Sherry finishes off spicy, less dry than expected, with a slight oily acidity. A little chlorine.

  4. Ninofdram scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. ailean scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  7. Gotan scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A rounder and less dirty version of Kilkerran. A mentholated side is quite evident

  8. Larry411 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Steamed vegetables, mint leaves, sweetened lemons and limes, lotions, old wet oak, celery, nutmeg, cardamom, other spices, and sea spray. This is like Springbank 15's younger brother.

  9. man2392 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: rum and raisin, palomino and those classic Kilkerran notes of grist, lemons and minerality
    Palate: brandysnap baskets, orange oil and wholegrain mustard
    Finish: watery, slightly thin with a hint of sulphur. Danish ginger thins and cola cubes

    With water pain aux raisins emerge on the nose

    Tasted as part of Southport Whisky Club Grand Dramming 8 with Peter Hunt

  10. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    No paragon of complexity, but very balanced with the sherry-gold-plated distillery character, which is not as rough and dirty as usual, but rather reddish-glowing. The sun rises, a successful creation!
    • Nose
      86 86
      (covered after approx. 30 idle time)
      Very balanced, round sherry fruit, alcohol only slightly noticeable. A touch of freshly planed pine shavings and fresh apricots.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Tingly at the tip of the tongue, sweet and tart, dries out the palate, saliva flows.
      Very viscous, I taste orange juice with salt and black pepper in it, as well as sea buckthorn fruit slices.
    • Finish
      86 86
      After a warming wave has rolled over the tongue, it gradually dries out the entire oral cavity. A pleasantly chilled-out impression remains, otherwise absolutely convincing clear sherry notes, although you can tell the lack of age somewhat.

  12. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    1427) Kilkerran, 11YO, 2004/2015, Work In Progress, 7th Release, Sherry Wood, Glengyle Distillery

    Day 35 of Lockdown - 21st April - Read a good notes today, We are in the same storm, but not on the same boat. Majority are trying hard not to go overboard.

    N- Salted sherry, warm beach sands, wet shells with distant burnt tars. Glutamate spices and wee cheesy, Edam? Compare to 6th Release, this has more coastal influence which is perfectly fine. Light decay eggy notes underlay reminded me of an old batches of Longrow. (90/22)

    P- Umami sweet, sherry came on firmly with subtle dried fruits, tar and pomelo. Oak overtones the peat a little and may have taken some goodies away from the No. 6 away. (87/21)

    F- Medium, liquorice nutty, coffee and cheesy lingers. (86/20)

    B/B- 87/21

    Weighted Rate - 84pt
    • Nose
      N- Salted sherry, warm beach sands, wet shells with distant burnt tars. Glutamate spices and wee cheesy, Edam? Compare to 6th Release, this has more coastal influence which is perfectly fine. Light decay eggy notes underlay reminded me of an old batches of Longrow. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Umami sweet, sherry came on firmly with subtle dried fruits, tar and pomelo. Oak overtones the peat a little and may have taken some goodies away from the No. 6 away. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, liquorice nutty, coffee and cheesy lingers. (86/20)

      B/B- 87/21

      Weighted Rate - 84pt

  13. Malthead19 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    - a real oak sherry board
    - extremely powerful and voluminous,
    - very angular
    - absolutely nothing for beginners
    • Nose
      strong sherry notes combined with strong oak aroma, strong, spicy
    • Taste
      very voluminous approach, strong oak notes, a full board wall unit, dry sherry available, but rather in the background
    • Finish
      medium-long spicy finish;
      long dry massive aftertaste (again strong oak)

  14. STL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Lumpowitz scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Characterful but also quite unbalanced sherry malt. Unfortunately, he didn't quite meet my taste.
    • Nose
      Spicy sherry nose with dark fruits and pureed strawberries, Asian fish sauce, lovage and a little vanilla
    • Taste
      Dry sherry, fresh dark fruits such as cherries or wild berries, salt, burnt caramel, various spices
    • Finish
      Medium length finish with sherry and spices again

  16. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2nd tasting of this whisky, it feels much better than the first time i tried it..
    • Nose
      88 88
      Orange concentrate, dusty old sherry oak, that Kilkerran sooty and band-aids, spicy herbs, some pepper, little medicinal.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Ginger! like many modern sherry whisky, bitter orange peel, leather, old tea, star anise, quite oily and chewy.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium, creamy and chewy bitter orange

  17. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh oranges with dirty soot, soaked thick blanket. The sulphur is very pleasant here, coupled with the humid old study room, damped cardbox, barbecue sauce.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Rather sweet, the coastal side of the malt is surprisingly strong despite the sherry cask influence, honeyed ginger. Of course, the mineral, how can I miss that out?
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoky, oranges, salty, with a medium long finish. Slightly bitter, but it's still rather pleasant.

  18. dramspotter scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Blind mystery tasting.
    • Nose
      apple, lemon peel, shoe polish, grassy, fudge
    • Taste
      salty, touch of peat
    • Finish
      short

  19. schengel10 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    An interesting, gruff Campbeltown malt!
    [Color] old gold;
    • Nose
      same seasoning, oak, sherry, oranges, malt, grain;
    • Taste
      strong and spicy start, tingling, ginger, pepper, sweetness, a lot of sherry, dry, burning, oily, young, wild, complex;
    • Finish
      oily, medium-long finish, long dry, spicy aftertaste;

  20. Lircky scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. dr.mad scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity, rolling tabacco, leather
    • Taste
      77 77
      Acatone, glue, rubber
    • Finish
      75 75
      Wood

  22. Vince' scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Refill sherry and old wood on the nose, alongside pleasant acidity with a sweet underbelly, like sweet-sour fruit gums. Less peat smoke than expected; instead, berries! Blueberries, redcurrant, sour raspberries... A creamy note underneath, like marzipan paste or raw cookie dough. As all these impressions suggest, we have a rather sweet sensory experience on our hands here. With time (or the first sip), the smoke comes out after all. Now we get some cloves as well. Peat level: like a toned-down Talisker, a well-sherried Bowmore or Benromach. After a while, an additional floral element makes an appearance that is simultaneously fleeting and heavy, musty. I'm gonna say orchids, but if you say violets, you won't get an argument from me.

    More peat on the palate, together with a nice salty brininess. Almost "Laphroaig Light". Very dense, very heavy, very good. Leathery, with ashy smoke and dried tobacco leaves. There's a nice lemon zing throughout, and the ABV is rather fitting. Gets creamier toward the death, and sweeter as well, with the kind of syrupy aspartame notes that often come with modern sherry maturation and that I'm less fond of. But it's a minor distraction at most.

    Finishes sweet and creamy, with lingering salty peat and perhaps a splash of lemon.

    In sum: simple, but good, like a more refined and mature and less "frontal" version of Laphroaig's Triple Wood.

  24. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  25. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A really delicious sherrywood whisky for people who like it dirty. So I've always hoped for Benromach with their resin notes, but unfortunately was often disappointed.
    • Nose
      Real organic sherry, tree resin, seasoning, orange marmalade, light Heiderauch, smoked ham, a little dried raisins, wild bushes, some soil, carnation and blood orange, sometimes quite promising
    • Taste
      Full berry bushes here too, orange marmalade with motor oil and milk chocolate, canned peaches, red apple, black pepper, orange peel, resin, smoked ham, a little licorice and blood orange
    • Finish
      Medium-long, dry-bacon, the pepper a little further and smoked aromas, coffee and orange peel dry with dark malt

  26. MadScientist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  27. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    For me, the best Killkeran, beautiful Sherrynoten and behind it anyway the rough and earthy character. In the mouth a little bit behave but in the finish then the Schaafstall with the earthy notes comes through again. Who likes it should try this time.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. robain scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    decent whisky, not the best but not the worst.
    • Nose
      sweaty, sherryish, honey
    • Taste
      pepper, spicy but still mild, small sherry, honey
    • Finish
      Peppery, better sherry on the finish

  29. Famous scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  30. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  31. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, it's strong and robust and has gotten good wood, which could even be my best ever Kilkerran.
    • Nose
      Dirty spicy sherry nose, there's orange marmalade and raisin, but not soft and round, but a bit gruff, as Kilkerran used to - with soil, some wood, some toasted cereals, dirty smoke, some pepper and cloves
    • Taste
      Orange marmalade with Milk chocolate turns to blood orange with dark chocolate, with black pepper (the longer the more), becomes more licorice and woody and intense and then feels in the mouth much darker than it looks.
    • Finish
      Medium long, intense, the pepper burns hot again, liquorice until coffee

  32. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  33. gerardsmike scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  34. robain scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

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

  35. hfos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  36. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Yes, no top whisky. But for his age and the price a thoroughly drinkable whisky in between.
    • Nose
      You can feel the sherry, even if it does not smell old and complex. But was not to be expected ... But quite pleasant aroma, does not stand. Sweet, fresh, fruity. Had I tasted the blind, I would think of Glenfarclas right away ...
    • Taste
      In the taste then rather spicy. Elderberries, carnations, some glue, but also the oak comes through. The sherry politely backs up and gives the barrel precedence ... Now in the aroma also vanilla, which is developing very well.
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy.

  37. TheWhiskyAgent scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Big Sherry nose with a hint of old wood cask. This is starting good. Love this straight-forwardness. A handful of raisins and dried figs. Orange marmalade and some Grandmas toffee. Behind all that is a whisp of smoke woven in, beautiful. The arrival is sweet and some good oak is there as well. I like this mouthfeel, kind of like melting a piece of milk chocolate in your mouth (a Swiss one). Good solid composition, not complex but well done. When I add water I get some dried Grass, a smoking fire in the distance and some candied fruit. Remember the smell of sitting in an old leather chair? …Yes, thats it. It’s in there! The water has unbalaced the taste, still nice but less intergrated. Sweet and a little oak is present. The finish is medium, staying sweet with a nice aftertaste of dunnage warehouse, just lovely! Can’t wait to try the first standard bottle.

  38. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    That was my first Kilkerran, but certainly not my last. I really liked it. So it can go on
    • Nose
      The sherry is here, but does not cover all the other flavors. Add spice and moisture. A hint of sulfur and dirt are hidden in the background. With a bit of time, a not too intrusive, stimulating sweetness arises. The alcohol is very well integrated. The nose reminds me involuntarily of a jump bench, albeit a little more civilized. Great. I really like it so far.
    • Taste
      It starts incredibly creamy, gentle and soft. The sherry is very expressive with dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. Again, this slightly dirty note is there. I like that.
    • Finish
      A great spice comes up. Here again the sulfur or gunpowder from the nose but also discreetly in the background. The oak presses neatly in the aftermath.

  39. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Motor oil

    Obviously the Work in Progress 7 also exists in a sherry matured version. This was bottled at drinking strength and 12.000 bottles were released. It appeared in 2015, so the WIP8 (or finally a standard bottling of Kilkerran) will not be long now.

    A dark nose with mild soot notes, upholstered with wonderfully sweet fruit. Think oranges and strawberries. Some walnuts too. But also some… errr… motor oil. Weird, but very nice. There are hardly any spices. A bit of cinnamon in the background maybe. After a few moments, I also get some bubblegum, but it is not disturbing at all.

    Nicely oily on the palate and very spicy now, but immediately with a big bitterness. Ginger? Seville oranges for sure and some raisins. Pipe tobacco, rhubarb and nuts. I quite like this.

    The finish is fairly long on orange zest and a hint of espresso. Nice!

    You can get this for around 50 EUR. The difference with the WIP6 is insignificant, so let’s get this stuff on the market as the new core bottling, eh? Personally, I do prefer the bourbon matured Kilkerran.

    Update: on 12th Augustus 2016 the standard Kilkerran 12 Year Old will be released.

  40. Joschbert scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasty and complex, not least because of the subtle smokiness. Similarity with Benromach. Still a little young. Very much looking forward to coming older bottlings.
    • Nose
      Sweet and sour (balsamic cream), sandalwood, cherries, then spicy, cinnamon, cloves, light smoke (towards the campfire), fresh notes of menthol
    • Taste
      Smoldering sandalwood (if you can taste it like that), dried fruits, cinnamon, sour cherries, then drier, cocoa
    • Finish
      Dates, coffee, oak, the smoke develops into cold ashes. Medium.

  41. Daan Tje scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, salt/brine, a little floral, some glue, a mustiness, mezcal. 
    • Taste
      Sweet. Oily, smoke, salt, peach, a little sulfur.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Smoke, salt.

  43. corbuso scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    this is a pleasant maritime whisky, complex, rich and spicy, with a light sweet sherry influence. However, it is less balanced than the bourbon version.

  44. martinni scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Oak, dried fruits, orange, caramel.
    • Taste
      Fruit, honey, a hint of peat and smoke.
    • Finish
      Solid starts sweet weigh a second test - chocolate, fruit orchard.

  45. martinni scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  46. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    In direct comparison with the WIP6 (Bourbon), this bottling is clearly weaker. In the nose, however, the two differ only slightly. What comes next are worlds.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  47. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sample of this drunk. Tasty tasteful whisky, balanced, fruity and also a smoky side. Not very complex, but still offers enough to enjoy.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  48. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    (Sample) Tasty whisky, nicely balanced. Not very complex, but full and rich in taste.
    • Nose
      Sweet, fruity (apples), light smoke, (oak) wood
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, citrus, caramel, slightly smoky
    • Finish
      Medium, slightly dry, spicy, light smoke

  49. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nice whisky but not very exciting.
    • Nose
      Fruit, very light sherry, wood, honey
    • Taste
      Creamy, salt, little bit of ash, red fruit, apples, nuts
    • Finish
      Fruit, sherry, earth, taninnes, chocolate caramel biscuits

  50. rottendon scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    In a Nachverkostung I have the sherry notes then found, very discreet but still. Overall, still thin, but in terms of taste, he was clearly better the second time around. Much less menthol, but a bit salty at the back, with a clearer sweet fruit. But the smoke was barely noticeable this time, which thankfully cost the finish the rinse water component. That must have been a bad day in the blind tasting, today he gets eight points more, but still no high-flyer.

  51. rottendon scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The strength here is the finish, but of the flavors certainly not everyone's taste, but there is at least something, otherwise the whole thing is rather poor.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Light campfire smoke, apples, later malt and an indefinable smoothness like in old storage cellars. Warmed up are strong vanilla notes, as well as pickled bright fruits, mainly pears. Very late comes an acetone touch in the short term. In the end, only menthol and the smoke are left.
    • Taste
      Bitterness, menthol, and honey / sugar sweetness and smoke, all in a very thin consistency.
    • Finish
      The menthol note slowly gives way to the smoke, which has a medicinal nature on the finish. Tart notes accompany the finish, which is relatively long, until at the end the impression of stale rinse water sticks eternally on the tongue.

  52. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Not dissimilar to the ‘bourbon wood’ WB. This is creamier though with a more tamed spice element. Its maltose-sweet in the main with a ‘spermy’ sour cream curd to boot
    T: Dryish with touches of sulphur and mineral - but this changes to a sharp-spicy sherry note which clashes with the fresh aniseed freshness. The sherry influence diverts the attention away from this clash as carpet underlay creates another skirmish.
    F: More lingering, sulphury sherry and mineral>chocolate.
    C: Im not sold on this. The bourbon release is far superior in my opinion.

    Scores a D+

  53. squaadgras scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  54. Poort scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

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

  55. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sweeter and maltier than the 6th release on sherry. Not really a big step forward, but again a decent whisky. 85/86.
    • Nose
      Oily. Mango, peach, apple, vanilla sugar, malt, candied cherry, raspberry and peat. 
    • Taste
      Mango, peat, apricot, malt sugar, caramel, cherry and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, nutmeg, mango, apricot, malt sugar and chocolate.

  56. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great balance, nice subtlety. And a great usage of peat.
    • Nose
      Orange zest, raspberry and red apples, followed by subtle wood smoke. Also some whole grain cookies, and it is slightly musty. The nose is very gentle, subtle and well-integrated.
    • Taste
      Oh yes, the gentle peat smoke is right up my alley. A nice oily mouthfeel too. Some orange citrus, zesty and slightly briny. Plenty of minerals.
    • Finish
      Smoked salmon, spices and citrus fruits. Medium in length.

  57. svenske2015 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Whiskyfun: 

    Kilkerran 'Work in Progress 7 - Sherry Wood' (46%, OB, 2015) Colour: full gold, so rather darker than Batch 6. Nose: adios struck matches, bye-bye cabbage, and hello rocks, pebbles and sand! It’s kept the trademark sooty tones, but the rest is incomparably cleaner, more satisfying, and simply lovely. Orange cake, old musty cellar, bubblegum, marshmallows, old garage… I know, the combination sounds unlikely, but it’s not. Mouth: almost perfect, with gingery bitter oranges, more mineral flavours, these kiwis, this leathery tea, the touches of tobacco and raisins (sweet pipe tobacco, when a little piece comes through the pipe), more oranges… Quality’s undoubtedly high. Finish: quite long, sweet and creamy, tart, zesty, and yet pretty fat… This has substance. Peppery aftertaste, it even keeps playing with your lips. Comments: work in progress indeed! (pfff, that was way too easy, S.)SGP:552 - 86 points.

  58. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    If it was not stated at the bottle that it was sherry wood I would probably have guessed that there were both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks in this one. But it might be that the ex-sherry casks were sourced from both American and European oak, giving that impresson. I don't know.

    Rating interval 85-88
    • Nose
      Fruiter
      than the other Kilkerran’s I've tasted with sweet banana, oranges and red
      apples. Slightly mineral and balanced peat smoke, subtle spices with cinnamon
      most distinguishable. Really round vanilla (compared to the peppery vanilla in
      the bourbon wood), honey vanilla, brown sugar and rum-raisin. 
    • Taste
      A
      measured arrival with some table salt at the front on the tongue, there is also
      some honey sweetness that carries on into the development with burnt sugar,
      raisin, flint mineral and yellow apples. Some citrus and weak notes of mint
      appear after a while with a few drops of water.
    • Finish
      The
      finish is balanced with mixed spices, dry cinnamon and black pepper with
      measured peat smoke and mineral that hangs around for a while before it quiets
      down

  59. moviemaniac scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Kilkerran Sherry cask releases, I’ve always felt they were bit behind in maturation in comparison to the Bourbon releases – probably due to the considerably bigger casks. Well, I’m a convert – they’ve caught up!

    Tasting notes: https://dokla.net/dailydram/2015/07/18/tasting-glengyle-kilkerran-wip-7-sherry-2004-2015/

  60. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Compared with Kilkerran WIP 7 Bourbon Wood CS
    • Nose
      Peaty, oily, cherries, chocolate and roasted barley. Some mint, coconut milk, apple, peaches, new make, pepper  and briny - salt.
    • Taste
      Briny - salt, toffee, leather and citrus fruits. Candle wax and citrus - grape fruits.
    • Finish
      Spices, some syrup, butterscotch and citrus fruits.

  61. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Reading again my notes of "Work in Progress" VI, it is clear that there is much in common from one year to the next. Logic. It seems to me however that this version is more complex and changing than the previous one. The finish is a bit nauseating for my taste, but otherwise it is a whisky very well done and very nice.
    • Nose
      Raisins, caramel, white chocolate, notes of roasted coffee, and sweet spices galore. A touch of green tea at times, which brings a little freshness to the whole. After aeration, a woody hazelnut smoke is revealed.
    • Taste
      Caramelized (and almost sticky) smoke is what strikes first. Then follow the raisins, caramelized honey, spicy spices, and a few citrus acid drops.
    • Finish
      Melassed waves, almost cold, strongly sweetened and caramelized. The dry, grassy smoke reappears in volutes that come and go.

  62. maetz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    an interesting single malt which convinces with its maritime character. The sherry, the keg, but do not overlay the base brand of the malts - I'm looking forward to more bottlings (was my first WIP sherry and not my last)
    • Nose
      smoked ham comes with maritime notes (left ham, right maritime) a distinct sweet (in the middle) reminds me of an over-, overripe peach, grated orange peel, hint of banana syrup, the sherry completes the picture but keeps in the background, Again and again the smoky note of the ham comes through (who knows Blumberg in the Black Forest and drove by knows what I'm talking about :-)
    • Taste
      slight sharpness on the tip of the tongue, grated orange peel (reminds me of tomato soup with orange) go over into the spiciness of the barrel, oak spreads in the middle of the edges of the tongue out yet the malt looks rather light, young, fresh, pleasant
    • Finish
      in the finish comes again a light sweet on which then but by the dryness and the oak can not prevail. The finish is not overly long, smoke (maritime character of the nose) has settled over the tongue and remains behind with a subliminal sweetness

  63. irrerelevant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    nose Deep sherry, dark ripe Seville orange, pleasantly metallic, cold campfire ash, cold sea breeze, coarse salt, the character of the distillate is clear, subtle sweetness of oranges (and sherry?), Faded smoked ham, soft liquorice, some freshly ground pepper, grapeseed oil, always will wilder, the longer he can breathe, dried fruit comes.
    taste The oranges are incredibly present, very full, soft mouthfeel, distinct bitterness of zest, dry, almond, subtle sherry notes, spicy europ. Oak, dark milk chocolate, to the maritime character, again pepper, sugar beet syrup
    leaving very short, pleasant, dry, with a little oak and a trace of smoke and ashes
    I like it very much, although the barrel does not seem to be in the foreground because of the clear distillate character, this great orange note gradually gets better and better. The malt will not be old, but I also do not find youth. The Bourbon version, he does not quite reach. The interplay of dark, sweet orange, maritime notes and bitterness is independent and successful! I'm looking forward to future bottlings from Kilkerran
    addendum: The bottle is now a bit open, is creamier, much sweeter, milder and slightly mineral. The smoke is clearer, the oranges are somewhat in the background

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