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Kilkerran Work in Progress

Overall rating
87.79/100
votes
553
Whiskybase ID
WB67379
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
7th Release - Bourbon
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Bourbon Wood
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
54.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Green Label - Bourbon Wood
Bottle code
15/211
Barcode
610854001339
Added on
28 apr 2015 6:54 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 102.25

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran Work in Progress

105 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.79 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. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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

  6. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    That was "back then" (at the time of issue) the temporary high point at Glengyle, because it wasn't much better in terms of bourbon barrel maturation, and it probably contains older stuff. Fantastic concentration of aromas and rich Campbeltown oiliness paired with intense fruit & funk = that is / was great! Details: see Totoro :)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. 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

  8. wisekyofcourse 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

  9. ASWhisky scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    unfortunately right after the start very soapy on the palate

    but then it disappears

  10. 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.

  11. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The final bourbon-cask release in Kilkerran's Work In Progress series,
    the seventh edition is now 11 years old. A first for the range, this one
    has been bottled at a higher strength of 54.1%. A fitting swansong to
    the developing spirit, which was awarded 91 points by Serge Valentin of
    whiskyfun.com

  12. 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.

  13. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The brut of barrel sublimates the smoked / peated / fruity marriage which is really well balanced, fine and subtle. This edition is a big step above the previous one, unequivocal in my eyes. A whisky claaaasse, noble strain. 89/100 (limit 90, without quite reaching it).
    • Nose
      Very engaging from the start! Fresh lemon, dried apricot, white grapes; and a multitude of layers reminiscent of the best Islay: a fine smoke of ash grass, volutes of marine iodine, scents of autumn undergrowth. A top class nose.
    • Taste
      The first ash smoke first, followed by lemon juice. A little honey coats the fruity and smoked sides. Vanilla green apple. A soft and creamy texture on the palate.
    • Finish
      Average. A shot of pepper mill. A very slight bitterness (not disturbing) fruity passes, but disappears thereafter. The smoke continues and becomes encrusted (while remaining light), and goes up at times in the nose. The spicy tingling drum on the palate.

  14. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. GlenWim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  17. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Gotan scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Taste of a small sample. Rather narrow in the aromatic palette, but very good overall quality, especially on the palate.

  19. red71 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lovely dram with well integrated alcohol, something to discover in every stage of sipping this dram. At it's original release price this was "bang for the buck" as we name it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Opened up much more after a drop of water.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Lovely mouthfeel with lot's to discover
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Thoma scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Burnt sugar, marzipan, coconut, fresh lemons, minerality, slight peatiness & saltiness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Vanilla and light peatiness comes; toasts, burnt sugar. With water: peatiness comes in the front, but it is weak at all. Woody characters emerge along with dough.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Woody

  22. yarikovsky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. valentinrev scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

  25. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  26. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  27. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  28. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      89.5
      Wow, very concentrated, marzipan, fruity, slightly smoky and dirty and fat. Vanilla and bourbon are there and really good. Very strong and a lot of fun. Where are the 54 percent? He doesn't seem particularly young, more like 15+
    • Taste
      88 88
      Yes, there is a slightly soapy note and the alcohol can also be felt, but that is still very strong. Again with marzipan and smoke, fruit and very nicely balanced. Even rounder with a little water. Good for him here.
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Apikalov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  31. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  33. whisky_garage scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: intense, deep, sweet. Freshly baked bread, lemon-sliced baked goods, vanilla, mints. Grandfather's garage ???? with a slight smell of delight, dampness, old dirty rags, waste oil, grease and the unique smell of Zhiguli. Minerality, allspice.

    Taste: dense, bright. Sweet - peppery with pleasant bitterness. Vanilla, confectionery, candy, apricot pits, a little ginger. Mineral notes, industrial history, pepper.

    Aftertaste: persistent, sweet - peppery, enveloping. Citrus zest, apricot pits, honey notes, motor oil.

    Conclusion: Test run time is very suitable for distillery malt. It is quite versatile and rich in derivatives, expressive with a recognizable and unmemorable base.
    88

  34. DGV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Limited in derivatives of taste, but quite smooth tape. -Good? -Yes, but no more ...
    • Nose
      Open, fresh. Lollipops, pear, marshmallow, light oakiness.
    • Taste
      Citrus bitterness, pepper, honey, Duchess lemonade, pear, grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Slightly sweet, long, peppery with citrus bitterness. Wild apples, green pear, tree.

  35. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Oily with stone fruits, great balance, so drinkable

  36. red71 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Joint86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting mineral-citrus nose and taste. Nice finish of medium duration.
    Incredibly cool for a pilot release

  38. Макс scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  39. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    1441) Kilkerran, 11YO, 2004/2015, Work In Progress, 7th Release, Cask Strength, Bourbon Wood, Glengyle Distillery

    N- Same as its cousins, these families are born and always come good at cask strength version to compliment their unique flavour. Creamy pomerol and sharply sweet peaches open the door for the salts and nutmeg liquorice to come thru. Solid meatiness and wood phenol arrives in a sweet way with style. Grated wasabe with green tea, cherry brandy, teasing broad strength with underlying rubber and earthy nuances. Lively, zesty and oishi. (91/22)

    P- Instant dryness spreads in from the lip, with fat and rounded mouthfeel full of saline-d citrus peel. Solid structure echoes with the charmingly non-sweet 'wooded' fruitiness from the fine oak, love the impactful nature and as expected. (92/23)

    F- Medium long, waxy lingers with earth spices, baked salt and chewy, seasoned old boots linger around the nose. (88/22)

    B/B- 90/22

    Weighted Rate- 89pt
    • Nose
      N- Same as its cousins, these families are born and always come good at cask strength version to compliment their unique flavour. Creamy pomerol and sharply sweet peaches open the door for the salts and nutmeg liquorice to come thru. Solid meatiness and wood phenol arrives in a sweet way with style. Grated wasabe with green tea, cherry brandy, teasing broad strength with underlying rubber and earthy nuances. Lively, zesty and oishi. (91/22)
    • Taste
      P- Instant dryness spreads in from the lip, with fat and rounded mouthfeel full of saline-d citrus peel. Solid structure echoes with the charmingly non-sweet 'wooded' fruitiness from the fine oak, love the impactful nature and as expected. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, waxy lingers with earth spices, baked salt and chewy, seasoned old boots linger around the nose. (88/22)

      B/B- 90/22

      Weighted Rate- 89pt

  40. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Full dusty lemon, minerals, vanilla sweetness, chalk, paraffin.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Chalk, dust, lemon, mineral, band-aids, fresh zest
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, zesty chewy

  41. Max70 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Edwin Lim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Mineral, honey, pepper, some salt
    • Taste
      87 87
      Abit waxy, white pepper, orange peel, burnt honey, some apricot
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium dry, medium long, some bitterness

  43. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Wonderful, and very similar to the style of Springbank - slightly smoked lemon and lime, chalk, lots of minerals, on top of that sweet malty base. Very fresh and inviting as well. Some biscuit notes after a few sips.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Bold and big, smoked salmon, smoked lemon, and very fresh citrus fruits. Some oranges, and very zesty. Can you get better at this age? I'm not sure.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, and warming, nice lemon zest, slight hint of smokiness, minerals, bit of saltiness.

  44. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Springbank Kilkerran style. The intensity of the dram does prevail on bourbon
    • Nose
      85 85
      Painting colours, tending to aceton
      Intense but not exactly my favourite style
    • Taste
      87 87
      Cellar full of dust, smokey
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet macerated fruit, on the edge of getting rotten. Again, quite intense but not my type

  45. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    lovely stuff, fresh and bags of character. 8/10
    • Nose
      lemons with sherbet (no boiled sweet), citric acid. beneath that, a marzipan sweetness and then farmhouse cider with hints of the farm (light manure) and hot coals.
    • Taste
      pine sap, sandalwood oil, lemon, lime, a saltiness, then fresh cherries and braeburn apples, with a clean wisp of smoke appearing on the finish

  46. dramspotter scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    That rather petrol note really isn't my thing - a little too sickly but it is pushing its own path
    • Nose
      wow, a bit sickly; reminds me of opening an old homemade jam jar. Blackcurrants some definite peat or more like rubber
    • Taste
      definite peat or something
    • Finish
      medium; quite drying and leaving a rubbery aftertaste

  47. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  48. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Creamy chocolate, the scent is a bit windy, with wood, bourbon breeze, skin, slightly spices, cereals, hazelnuts. It's not bad, but .... (84 b)
    Taste: ... the main thing is on the tongue. Here he will show his quality. Malt, the bourbon drum again. Spicy, with sharpness of alcohol, but we can also find honey sweetness, creamy chocolate, candied fruit, and even pepper and citrus. (88 b)
    Points: 86
    Summary: Tasty very good whisky.

  49. kot1803 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  50. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Do not be his age.
    Alcohol well integrated. Gourmand.
    Convincing.
    • Nose
      lemon, traces of iodine, mineral, some almond, very pure, a little charcoal.
    • Taste
      Mouth very oily, always lemon, mineral, a little spice, almonds, traces of iodine, dark chocolate. Pretty chiseled. Not very sweet. Pretty austere but good.
    • Finish
      Pretty long, lemon, iodine, almond, baked cake.

  51. Kumachan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Surprising, a soil Whisky, sulphurous, we like the style? Perfect in this case, if not, go to 12 years which is to my taste better balanced, more greedy and pastry chef. If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 86
    • Nose
      The dress is gold, the multitude of tears scattered, thin and slow. Taste on palm: Smoked and roasted cereals, wet rock, white pepper, peach and almond paste. Vegetal is the key word, a real peat bog, manure, hot metal, seaweed, freshly mown grass, peppermint. Apple too ripe on wet cereal background. Light smoked and irritating tangy that rises to the eyes and throat. After a long aeration, I confirm the earthy and vegetal aspect, digging deeply, one would touch a cake dough.
    • Taste
      The palate is dry and thick, oily, rising in power on pepper and chilli, earth and smoked cereals. Almond cake, apple, pear and burnt wood. Freshness. Peppermint, fresh grass rubbed between the hands, and dandelion.
    • Finish
      The finish is long on beautiful herbaceous and mentholated bitters. Seaweed and seawater. Empty glass: cereals, scorched earth and cooked white fruits.

  52. Kumachan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  53. theograph scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great, very good!
    • Nose
      Salty caramel, smoke! Wheat, baguette, malt, mineral, discreetly dirty a la Campbelltown, more fruit accents develop (dried pineapple), a little bit of varnish and again this bread dough;
    • Taste
      Mild and balanced, salty, mineral, again bread and yeast dough, citrus, pineapple, with water more smoke and clearly maritime and relatively sweet;
    • Finish
      Mineral, citrus-fruity, subtly smoky;

  54. Zoltavar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  55. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  56. gerardsmike scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  57. jankes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  58. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An absolute gain for Campbeltown.
    • Nose
      A blend of mineral, orange, vanilla and cotton candy, light wood smoke, licorice, sweet apple strudel, slight touch of tropical fruit, with the time an apple note manifests
    • Taste
      Malty sweet and strong on, vanilla and mineral, the wood smoke is also present, some pepper, a typical powerful Campbeltown character, sweet wood, cornflakes
    • Finish
      Sweet oak spice, the taste nuances remain tightly interwoven on the palate, a warm and long finish

  59. Mannoni scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/wwb/kilkerran-wip-7-bourbon/433143293719653/

  60. Blo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent, in a style that I like a lot. Only the nose is a little behind, but the raw cask brings a lot to this version at the mouth and the final compared to the old WIP Bourbons. More body, more length, more ... Everything! A distillery that has everything a big future but that may have to stand out a little more than its big neighbor to find his audience.
    • Nose
      Quite austere and mineral, clear signs of youth, tart apple juice, fairly light smoke, vivacity in this nose, scents of Williams pear. Very nice but I was expecting more punch and expressiveness compared to the old WIP given the raw drum of this version.
    • Taste
      Haa! There is the advantage of cask strengh! Perennial attack, nervous, the light smoke of the sublime nose here the markers of his youth assumed, the pear is found, it is hyper precise, lemony.
    • Finish
      Astrigent and drying and really long.

  61. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  62. hfos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  63. eppelheimer scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

      
    • Nose
      zuerst
      Alkohol, danach Citrusfrüchte.

       
    • Taste
      sehr
      kräftiger Antritt, nach dem Alkohol Zitrone und salzige Aromen.
    • Finish
      mittellang
      - auch hier schwingen Zitrone und salzige Aromen nach.

  64. Torfding scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      first an alcoholic breath rises to the nose, which fortunately passes away; a slight peat note (more towards wood smoke), salty, spicy, sour exotic fruits (sour orange) and some pear, vanilla, dried flowers, warm hay, a vague mineral note, later a bit warmer and with more caramel;
      with a little water the fruits become even more sour
    • Taste
      very strong, spicy and sweet, fruits (especially sour, green apple, citrus fruits, salty lemon), a touch of campfire
    • Finish
      short to medium length; vigorous (which regrettably weakens with the addition of some water), warming, some smoke, re-flowering and a little bit salty;
      with a little water, the finish is a little bit stronger, but it is also exchangeable

  65. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, malt, oaky and an iodized side surround the scent of lemon!
    • Nose
      request aeration, because it's pretty opaque at first !!
      after, there is an SB side in it, but the delicate peaty scents, lemon fruit and vanilla, dried meat appear as and when.
      back salty and woody too.

  66. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Slate

    The series Work In Progress is about to finish, is it not? I think it is about time the Glengyle distillery reveals a standard bottling. But in the meantime we will have to work with this WIP 7, that matured on bourbon casks and was bottled at cask strength. We are rid of the terrible pink label, only to be offered up this pale green monstrosity. Oh, well, I suppose the important thing is the Kilkerran that is inside.

    Big mineral nose on clay, gravel, beach sand and breakfast cereals. Oatmeal. A bit of vanilla, mint and a single slice of lime. Well, this is special, but absolutely stunning.

    Mouth coating, clean and waxy! On the palate I do get a lot of lime and white pepper, but the taste is like me licking it of a slate. There is a hint of exotic fruit – albeit quite discrete – lake papaya and agrums. The sweet peat rears its head midpalate, leading to a soft but nice smokiness.

    Wonderfully long finish on greasy coals, vanilla and citrus fruit.

    The first WIP at cask strength and it will be long remembered. What a whisky! Seems old school, but is simply stunning. Ridiculously good spirit.

    88/100

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

  67. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Complex, fair malt with a good price, but Springbank remain the best distillery in Campbeltown!
    • Nose
      Sweet fruits: mango, pineapple, peat, bourbon vanilla, coconut, tobacco, marzipan, citrus and salty minerals
    • Taste
      Salty, spicy, sweet and fruity: apple, peach, mango, pineapple, honeyed nuts, herbs, phosphorous peat, citrus, menthol and chili
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet / salty / dry effects, citruses, fruity, spicy

  68. sumegi.mark did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      slight peat
      bourbony without the overpowering vanilla
      tropical fruits
      smoke
      spicy fresh wood
    • Taste
      grain
      salt
      orange peel
      clove
      pleasant warmth
    • Finish
      medium long, not too syrupy
      walnut
      strong bourbon
      dried apricot

  69. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Salty, peat, bready, lemon dishwashing liquid, grape skins, apple, solvent, bourbon. 
    • Taste
      Salty, pears, apples, some peat, vanilla, walnut skins.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Salty.

  70. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    One of my absolute favorites! Would I recommend to anyone who starts wondering if any whisky really needs to look like cherry juice
    • Nose
      We are surprised in the nose directly by a wonderfully appropriate interaction of the Kilkerran-typical wood smoke and the mentioned tropical fruits. Here I have to think of mango again and again. Delicious! In addition, there are light citrus notes and a fine saltiness, as you also know from Kilkerran's neighbors. With a little water, the lemons become oranges and it adds a minimal peat smoke note.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, the cask strength has the say, which gives the drop a magnificent power. Then it turns creamy and the saltiness allies with a hint of juicy oranges. With water, the creaminess is more dominant, but the drop still squeezes properly. So that does not just seem to have been the alcohol, but may be more akin to the distillate character.
    • Finish
      The finish leaves a balanced mix of everything the tongue has already experienced. This lasts a long time and warms extensively. The water does not do the finish very well and is rather shortening. Slight dilution therefore has both positive and negative influences on the malt, which everyone can try for themselves. Personally, I like to drink it that way.

  71. PeterCr scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Interesting dram with nice dynamics and complexity. Typical bourbon style. Promising for its age!

    Score 84-86 pts.
    • Nose
      Sweet (tropical fruits) with little citrus and spice. Coconut, honey and hay. Typical bourbon nose. Not too aggressive. Some mineral and maritime notes.
    • Taste
      Nice slow legs. Smooth, soft sweet (honey), granny smith apples in the opening with some hints of spice. Little smokiness in the end. Some wood and herbal notes as well.
    • Finish
      Medium long, soft, liquorice, honey. Nice finish with subtle flavours.Ending a little bit dry.

  72. corbuso scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very nice Whisky, complex, maritime, that smells good the harbour of Campeltown. Well matured and balance.

  73. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  74. Kimba scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nice thing. So without finish with nice smoke and everything fits .. maybe a little too spicy. Water?
    • Nose
      Smoke ... and not too close! Beautiful campfire wood smoke ... Very dominant the whole. Takes something until you can smell the vanilla and the bright fruits ...
    • Taste
      The alcohol of 54% is immediately there and occupies the mouth with a good sharpness ... holla. Over there is full board of wood smoke ... as in an old farmhouse in Bavaria or Ösiland. After the sharpness has subsided something sweet sweet ...
    • Finish
      Finish: Jo, but it's not that long ...

  75. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sample drunk of this: Whisky with a spicy character. Smells sweet and fruity, but comes into the taste hard with a peppery and spicy overtone with nice sweet elements. In the finish also a lot of character.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  76. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    (Sample) Versatile whisky, powerful, firm, with also sweet influences.
    • Nose
      Citrus, orange. Salty. Gingerbread, spicy. Very light peat.
    • Taste
      Powerful! Pepper, spicy.Also some sweet influences, vanilla, mint in the distance. Oil-like.
    • Finish
      Mid-length. Hot, pepper. Also sweet, honey, and lime.

  77. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Finish: Long, smooth and luxurious.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  78. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Already a classic.
    • Nose
      Quite complex and earthy. Nuts (marzipan/almonds), peat & smoke (lapsang tea), tobacco leaves, apple, lemon, dirt, salt, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Soft and oily, medium sweet, medium bitter, very good. Almonds, pu-erh tea, tobacco, clay, menthol, lemon, peat, ginger, vanilla and hay.
    • Finish
      Pepper, lemon skin, warming spices, honeyed cereals.

  79. Pépé scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    No fuss here, an expressive whisky, succulent-salted duo very successful, marine and citrus. Vanilla and wood dosed just enough to complicate without harming the duo. A success.
    • Nose
      Beautiful intensity on this nose, where a smoke, slightly marine note comes immediately hook small citrus (lemons and limes). A bit of vanilla, some cereals, a sprig of mint. This nose is not a crazy complexity, but really attractive and well controlled. Nice balance between the first painting and the notes of support, well integrated alcohol. Other than very good.
    • Taste
      Attack well present on citrus fruits, accompanied by waffles. A beautiful texture. Nice rise of citrus fruits in the middle of the mouth, touch of wet wood, almonds. The iodine of the nose is always present, very pretty, with mineral hints.
    • Finish
      Bitterness controlled that extends a little.

  80. kuirisu scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Dear ovanpyvelde,

    bottle never was sold for under 50€ without discount. Only the sherried version was/is under 50€.
    This Cask Strength was offered for around 65€. A decent price for this very intense malt

  81. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Definitely a bargain at the original release price of 46 Euro's a while ago. However, I wouldn't pay 80€ for it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  82. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  83. maltaholic scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant first impression, lots of wood, a little smoke, probably more wood smoke than peat, great. Fruity, reminiscent of applesauce, strong alcohol, slightly pungent in the nose. On the tongue, the smoke makes itself felt first. Reminds me of a Bruichladdich, like the Scottish Barley. A little clove is added, very strong and spicy. But also some vanilla, which then acts sweetly. Medium long, pleasant finish. I think, a nice dram for the Advent season.

  84. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  85. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good. But I didn't recognise the Springbank profile! Shame on me.

    Tasted at day 11 of the Usquebaugh Society blind tasting competition 2015.

    My guess was a Fettercairn, 17yo at 58% because it was so peppery.
    • Nose
      Creamy, honey, spices, vanilla, banana, mint, coconut, some red fruit
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, pepper, spices, rust and leather
    • Finish
      Medium long, dark chocolate, pepper, spices, a bit malty.

  86. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  87. ValeronDeportivo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind in day 11 of the Usquebaugh Society Blind Tasting Comprtition 2015.

    I guessed this one correctly for the full points!

    (More lucky than proud... ;-) )
    • Nose
      Salty, farmy, earth, some fruits. Certainly dirty. A light vanilla scent at the back, with some smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, with a hint of peat and wet earth. Also noticeable minerality, like clay or wet rocks. With time notes of oil come through, along with caramel and chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, mostly smoke and fruity pear notes, with a touch of wax and leather.

  88. cuhp scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This was my notes from a blind tasting of this dram.
    • Nose
      Light smoke, also medicinal (Ardbeggy?!) and leather combined. Maritime with oysters, lots (!) of leather, strawberries and hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      Delicious, well balanced smoke mixed with salt, caramel and leather. Metallic
    • Finish
      Too bitter with salt, some kind of red wine and leather

  89. Toffie76 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wouhouuuuuuuuu
    • Nose
      Beautiful, fine peat and mineral (kind Talisker), iodine, vanilla, apple, pear, Kirsch, olive oil, metallic sensation. The mix is ​​unlikely but the result is balanced and very elegant.
    • Taste
      Balanced, long. Fine and pleasant bitterness. We find the iodine and the smoke. Keys of lemon and ginger. Sweet / salty very interesting.
    • Finish
      Malty, vanilla / salty / iodine

  90. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: The CS abv level is making all the difference here. Lots of wood spice, a waxy-oiliness and plenty of beer notes - yet its clean and polished too.
    T: Dry for starters but turning towards a creamy, moorish, delicious bourbon wood development. It provides a superb mouthfeel and full palate coating. Theres a touch of roughness [neat certainly], as it becomes sweet ’n’ sour and tannic into the finish. Its also dry like a dark chocolate can be.
    F: Not a lot here in the latter stages but for a more salivating mouthfeel to counteract the earlier dryness. Allium=aniseed fresh at the end with a touch more soft, malt chocolate to conclude.
    C: Very drinkable with a sweet spot at its heart, this is good stuff.

    Scores a C+

  91. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    n: mineral ...a bit closed and dense
    m:minerall but not too much, subtle wax,some apples and pears as well and a little pepper
    f:long enough with its own character
    89

    excellent character!!!

  92. Toffie76 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not much to say if not thank you, congratulations and see you next year! Oufti, it's good

  93. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful whisky. I think that with age the Kilkerran's will get better and better.
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits, mostly lemon and grapefruit, followed by honey, vanilla and caramel. Slightly waxy, with plenty of minerals (sand, rocks). Subtle wood smoke also. A bit peppery. Nicely balanced and subtle. Really mature for an 11 year old whisky.
    • Taste
      Very crips and clean with plenty of lemon and lemon zest, which is immediately followed by wood smoke and black pepper. Very earthy also.
    • Finish
      Red pepper, charcoal and minerals. Very long.

  94. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good
    • Nose
      Very mineral, lemon, some malt, slightly alcoholic.
    • Taste
      Very good, powerful, cereal, lemon, sweet cereals, a bit of smoke.
    • Finish
      Long, a little bitterness;

  95. Dede scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is initially closed and alcoholic, it takes time. When it opens, it is an austere malt that is offered to us, mainly mineral and lemony, with a small note of fresh eucalyptus.

    In the mouth, it is powerful, quite fluid, always on the same aromas, with a hint of smoke as a bonus. The finish is long and very lemony.

    In the end, a chiseled malt, sharp, and promising for the future. It reminds me a bit of the Springbank "BBR peat smoked", in fatter and less smoked, the less mature this-says. It swims pretty well, but I do not find the addition of water necessary.

    In the 88-89 / 100, to be confirmed.

  96. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  97. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  98. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  99. Magnus Hillman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Both the sherry wood and the bourbon wood are very good with plenty of flavors and character. Not easy to determine which one is better than the other in my opinion. I have always preferred the bourbon wood slightly over the sherry wood in previous WIP wood expressions, but now they are really close despite the difference in abv. The Sherry wood was slightly more appealing on the nose, while the bourbon wood was more appealing on the palate and the finish. So this bourbon wood was still slightly better on my palate that the sherry wood when it comes to Kilkerran. There are some hints of subtle peat and mineral in both that really shows that they are close siblings. 

    (Rating interval 86-89)
    • Nose
      Initially
      closed with subtle hints of vanilla and soft peat. After a while there is some
      distant biscuit, vanilla crackers, peppery vanilla and wood, white pepper and
      mineral. Some citrus comes in with water.
    • Taste
      The
      arrival is also spicy but a whole different spice than the sherry wood, white
      pepper and wood spice but also soft peat and citrus which continues into the
      development with characters of lemon, grape fruit and vanilla sugar. It becomes
      a bit drier and adds mint after some water.
    • Finish
      The finish is strong and powerful with salty smoke, it is savory and meaty with mineral that hangs around for a while. It becomes a bit more peppery with water. Not the longest finish but what the heck? You can always take another zip.

  100. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared with Kilkerran WIP 7 Sherry Wood
    • Nose
      Oily, briny - salt and bourbon fruits - pineapple, melon and apple. Pine resin, some smoke and
    • Taste
      Oily, some polish, fruits and briny - salt. Some meaty notes, spices and a touch of smoke.
    • Finish
      Spices - pepper, vanilla and fruity - peach.

  101. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    if this would be my only drink of the day, this would score around 90, with an older malt alongside and a taste back to the Kilkerran, you realize its youth and "flaws" and that this is not at all close to 90. Though one to score.

  102. fradin11 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  103. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mango, caramel, peat, toffee, nectarine, pineapple and a little vanilla. When adding water also orange, minerals and a malty touch. Also more pineapple.
    • Taste
      Mango, chilli pepper, milk chocolate, papaya, pineapple, peat, caramel, vanilla and banana. Also here water adds orange, but also more peat and spice.
    • Finish
      Mango, caramel, peat, vanilla, sweet & sour sauce and banana.

  104. McLarsen scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Kilkerran WIP VII Bourbon Cask Distillery: Glengyle (Campbeltown) Distilled: approx. 2004 Bottled: 2015 (Age: approx. 11 years) Edition: 6000 bottles Maturation: Bourbon Wood Alcohol: 54.1% Expectation: For the seventh and last time the Glengyle Distillery will be releasing a Kilkerran under the name "Work In Progress", next year the first "official" Kilkerran with 12 years maturity will appear. The Glengyle Distillery was reactivated in 2004 after about 80 years of Sleeping Beauty sleep. Back then, it was not so much about the whisky boom that was coming up, more about wanting to deprive Campbeltown of the status of a whisky region and making a third distillery quickly. Long-time Springbank manager Frank McHardy supervised the construction of the cult figure at Springbank. From the outset, it was planned to fill the single malt (which may not be called Glengyle because of a protected brand name), only at 12 years to fill. For the meantime, there were quasi samples under the name "Work in Progress", separated for three years in Bourbon - and Sherrycaskreifung, with the Bourbon Wood to be discussed here for the first time a bottling in cask strength. Last year, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary, I was already able to taste a strong filling and was quite enthusiastic. In the run-up to the publication of this bottling slight hype conditions in common whisky forums, etc. were observed, let's see if it was justified ... Eye: medium golden yellow Nose: apples, pears, vanilla, caramel, green banana, honeydew melon, fruit of punch or rum pot, orange gum (chilled for about 4 minutes ...), some smoke, alcoholic note well integrated, Taste: oak, smoky notes, orange and orange peel, Uncle Dittmeyer's juice cartons of yesteryear, something about the date ..., above all lies an unobtrusive smoke. Finish: medium in length, the oak and smoke are remembered for a long time ... Conclusion: very nice bottling, so similar was the barrel from last year in Campbeltown. If the first official bottling will be published next year, then we can be happy, a nice thing is that, luckily they have reopened this distillery. 89 points

  105. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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