Kilkerran Work in Progress

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
7th Release - Bourbon
Bourbon Wood
Number of bottles
54.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Green Label - Bourbon Wood
Bottle code
Added on
28 Apr 2015 6:54 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 126.63

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Work in Progress

91 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.80 points

  1. moviemaniac scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very consistent presentation from nose to finish, great balance between distillery character and (fantastic!) wood, no off-notes whatsoever, just a rich, creamy, oily, fruity experience with just the right dose of peat. At the same time it is neither too weak, nor overpowering, nothing over-engineered or “made to suit a certain taste” about it – an honest, down-to-earth malt from an underrepresented distillery. This gives most of the big names a run for their money

    Tasting Notes: https://dokla.net/dailydram/2015/07/19/tasting-glengyle-kilkerran-wip-7-bourbon-2004-2015/

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Almost annoyingly good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Wet wool, a rockside after a rain, maritime peat smoke, kelp / seaweed, brackish water. All that is framed by creamy caramel and vanilla and garnished with a slice of lemon. Excellent.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Wonderfully mineral, peaty and saline with a lovely lime-like freshness. Absolutely narrow and on point, I guess this is what you'd call a real blade.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat smoke, lemon and thyme honey with a kick supplied by peppery oak.

  3. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A notch above the 8 year olds, and in a not too dissimilar world to fellow young Campbeltowner the Springbank 9 year old local barley .. fat, oily, buttery, salty goodness.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a mineral side, lemony and peaty that brings it closer to SB, fresh and slightly cooked fruits, simple but effective.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. ASWhisky scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    unfortunately right after the start very soapy on the palate

    but then it disappears

  6. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A Kilkerran that mixes finesse and character. It has all the necessary assets for a good whisky. I loved that it's the taste and the price.
    • Nose
      Smooth and silky smoke accompanied by a beautiful "mineralite" and some cooked fruits. Some scents of cooked meats mingle with the whole.
    • Taste
      Alcohol perfectly integrated. Very sweet and unctuous in the mouth. The mineral and floral notes are very present accompanied by light smoke.
    • Finish
      Nice length on a light smoke, a nice wood, some flowers, vanilla and some spices.

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tightly and powerfully, but more tightly, compared to the samples of the commercial fortress, simpler, a sort of antipode Kilhomanu - there is everything below 50% - sluggish and boring, here on the contrary - weak releases will be more interesting, although due to power and density on points a small advantage.
    • Nose
      An open, moist, raw wood, lemon peel, a damp, wet grain, grassy notes.
    • Taste
      Powerful, woody-peppery, ginger, caramel sweetness, lollipops with sourness.
    • Finish
      Spicy, ginger-lollipop, lemon, orange, oily, light astringent oak, fresh juicy grass.

  8. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Just very well done. And the price is right for the quality. I love the sweet/coastal combination. But it really benefits from water
    • Nose
      Honey, brine, coastal notes, very mild (almost undetectable) peat. 
    • Taste
      Sweet, softly smoked brine. Honey, brine, coastal, hint of vegetal peat. 
    • Finish
      Sweet and briney, then drying. Medium length. 

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic showing when tasting it on its own. Once in competition with more matured whiskies, it shows its limitations, youthfulness and very modern profile. That's where it looses a few points with me.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Akoo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Let's say it immediately, it seems that a Kilkerran aged in bourbon casks can not be bad. This last edition of the series "Work In Progress" does not disappoint, quite the contrary. She confirms that Glengyle distills a very large whisky. This version is richer, but also much more complex than the previous version, less instant. The aromas sparkle, swarm and explode on all sides. But, once again, it will be necessary to be patient to discover all the facets of this superb whisky.
    • Nose
      once is not custom, it seems that the nose needs a little time to reveal itself. At first, it is quite aggressive with unpleasant alcoholic notes. Indeed, with time, everything becomes much more acceptable. A dry side, especially with a hint of cereals and hazelnuts, but, on the whole, it's very fresh and sweet, with vanilla, lemon meringue pie, mint peach soup , licorice and marshmallow. There is also a sea side, with iodine, salt, some notes of algae, but also a more mineral and medicinal. Underlying smoke gravitates in the middle of this string of smells, leaving pretty ashy notes on its way.
    • Taste
      Palate: the smoke is a little more present. It is a festival of flavors, which intermingle with each other. The sweet side, mainly marshmallow and egg cream, blends perfectly with lemon and smoke, almost reminiscent of a fine and delicate peat Caol Ila. There is also a hint of olive that works well with liquorice and iodized notes, and fruits, such as green apple and apricot, agree best with fresh mint and vanilla. It's complex and very rich.
    • Finish
      Finale: it is very long and intense, with spicy notes, smoke, licorice, marshmallow, citrus, and always this mineral and medicinal side. After a good twenty minutes, these notes of smoke, ashes and citrus still persist.


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