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Kilkerran 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.48/100
votes
785
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
70% Bourbon / 30% Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
610854002527
Added on
01 Aug 2016 9:23 am by Erik Elixer
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48,06

Tastingtags

125 Notes

jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
25 Sep 2017 1:50 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 90 points

https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/bottle-polishing-scottish-islands/

I’ve never been one for describing colour of whisky before, but this is liquid barley gold personified.

  • N: Aside from the smoky sootiness, the pastry and the marine/Coolmint-fresh, which make up an amalgamated note, I focused on three distinct profile camps. The barley, the attentive [vanilla] oak and the sweet fruitiness – apple=pear tarte Tatin<orange=tangerine yes, but mostly its sweet lemon+lime sugar-sherbet and a touch of frangipane]. Also to be commended is the high flavour intensity coupled with an inviting softness to the whole. And i didnt even mention the biscuit-charcoal<toasted-ness that develops from that sooty smokiness.

Time reveals a malty heart that breathes & pulsates. After an hour, the putty-malt really starts to grow. A cardboard note is often seen as a dirty word in whisky but I’m having none of it. Recently i’ve had Inchgower, current Dufftown, Teaninich, Blair Athol,.. etc, all of which have shown brilliance whilst a little boxed in. This is honeyed corrugated cardboard & flour=paper mache, also with salt n vinegar seasoning, peaty [fresh, sweet cow pats], feta cheese [appearing more than another hour later. Then there’s the bourbon medicinal side, mainly showing through bourbon-led candy notes – Hubba Bubba the most obvious! All of this complexity comes with subtleness that always refers back to the savoury barley-cereal heart. I’m bored with the word ‘faultless’, but ho hum there it is. Serge says regarding this 12yo, “I can’t seem to find anything bad to say about this nose”. And thats the nose done! Have we time for anymore?

  • T: This is oaky distillate but it’s the casks serve the spirit. Dry yet spritzer-like salivation with a dill-sprinkled lemonade/vanilla quality before the velvet=waxy=soot, oak and savoury=sweet spirit gets to work. Follows through with a raisin/malt core. The complexity grows on development. Water management is fairly important but again, time is more crucial to get the best.
  • F: It’s certainly not oily, maybe more waxy and there’s no exaggerated, rich mouthfeel. This is a dry, neutral-dry, spirit driven, oak-dry conclusion with a touch of cask-vanilla and more soot=ash oak/spirit/oak/spirit. Ralfy brilliantly spots camomile. There’s a touch of witch hazel with black currant tannins and sour lemons, not to mention the saltiness that has accompanied the malt since developing on the palate.
  • C: This purchase came with quite some hype and some pressure to buy before stocks ran dry. Apparently case loads were being pre-bought before shops had even received their assignments. Though I had a few stirrings in the emotional department, this whisky won me over more on an academic level.

Scores an A-

St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
11 Jan 2018 10:17 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Campbeltown peat smoke ;) It's putty-like, earthy, sooty and mossy. Apart from that, it's like Apple Strudel with cream and vanilla sauce, salted almonds and some lemon.

Taste

The palate is pleasant, easy to drink, and medium to full bodied. The nose is continued, the soot and putty are quite pronunciated. Then there is pastry, soft fruit, and a hint of rum soaked raisins. A hint of peach, vanilla and soft pepper complement this beautiful palate.

Finish

Long, well balanced between sweet and sour, and not bitter at all. Dried fruit seems to dominate, the smokiness has gone to the background. Between that, there is creamy and rich malt, with ample vanilla.

Comments

This is absolute value for money and one of the best entry level drams that are available at this point of time. 

LDB
Expert Junior LDB Review note
27 Dec 2017 12:58 pm
LDB gave this whisky 87 points


The first 12-year-old from this small distillery is by and large one of the most individual new standard bottlings I have come across in a long time.


Nose

Initially rather sweet and tangy, then something 'disturbing' in a positive way: distant peat, cow dung (not like Ledaig, but in that direction) or also rotten hay, in any case something pungent, graphite-like.

Taste

Soft and supple in the mouth, oily, salty, no, very salty, then a slight bitterness widens, it becomes mineral and astringent. I like it much better with a few drops of water.

Finish

Very dry and not sweet. Reminiscent of those delicious salted Marcona almonds and sherry fino extra dry. Overall harmonious. I totally dig this oily saltiness, with just a wisp of smoke added.

Comment

As much as I Iike this malt, I can understand that it is not for the faint-hearted due to its rough edges.

It is heavier on the palate than a Springbank 10 or Clynelish 14, for example, but also more multi-faceted.

In my opinion, this is a  down-to-earth, beautifully made no-nonsense Campbeltown whisky.

On top of that it has got  a smashing bfyb-factor .


Weighted Rate
86.7
Nose
85
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
86
Price
90
Presentation
87
PunxsutawneyPhil
Expert Senior PunxsutawneyPhil Review note
25 Sep 2017 1:51 pm
PunxsutawneyPhil gave this whisky 90 points

The best Kilkerran release so far. Better than the WIP 7 and 8-yo CS. Strong Springbank-like profile. Decent amount of peat. Somewhere between a Springbank and Longrow profile. I love it.

Weighted Rate
90.2
Nose
91
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
90
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Alois
Member Senior Alois Tasting note
08 Sep 2017 1:38 am
Alois gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Blind tasting:

Beautiful Nose. Great fruit. Light oak but more medicine.

Taste

Round, fresh and fruity. Sweet . Oak and spicy.

Finish

Beautiful finish. He rolls over the tongue vigorously, leaving behind fruity and slightly oaky notes on the palate.

Comments
Alois My Collection
moviemaniac
Expert Senior moviemaniac Note
19 Oct 2016 8:12 pm
moviemaniac gave this whisky 91 points

Oh yum, what a dram! Not as oily or richly fruity as last year's bourbon release (well, why should it be the same - it has 30% sherry cask matured whisky), but there's a light peat, light fruits, a salty and a mineral note. An almost austere whisky, a style almost lost today, which I really, really like!

Full review: https://maltklaus.net/dailydram/2016/10/17/tasting-kilkerran-12-yo-inaugural-release/
91/100

http://Maltklaus.net - MaltKlaus' Daily Drams
ruoungoai
Newbie ruoungoai Note
19 Jun 2018 5:25 am
ruoungoai gave this whisky 91 points

I've written about (and reviewed) whisky for Whisky Magazine( http://douongngoainhap.com), among other publications, and have been a whisky judge for competitions including the World Whiskies Awards. I've done other writing too: several mass market genre novels, a few short stories,  including for BBC Radio 4. For my day job (I know, I don't get out much) I work in digital marketing

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kaasklop
Expert Junior kaasklop Tasting note
19 May 2018 6:34 pm
kaasklop gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

A soft, subtile smell. contains hay, tea biscuit with Sugar coating, croissant. also a summer-smell palate.

Taste

Full-bodied taste of smoke, cooked mash, hay again, oaky fruit,sweet paprika and brussel spruits. Rich taste!!

Finish

Medium-long, nice and bittery.

Comments

One of the best kilkerrans sofar

kaasklop
Expert Junior kaasklop Review note
19 May 2018 6:51 pm
kaasklop gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
86
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
86
Price
88
Presentation
88
EinSpatzUnterVielen
Expert Senior EinSpatzUnterVielen Tasting note
09 May 2018 7:47 pm
EinSpatzUnterVielen gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Zitrone, Vollmilchschokolade, Milchkaffee, Süßholz, Traubennussschokolade, sehr intensiv süße Kirschen, leicht apfelig, ausgebranntes Grillkohlefeuer, Vanille, immer mehr Zitrone, Tang am Strand, Meeresgischt

Taste

süß, cremig, Vollmilchschokolade, Rosinen, Nüsse, Maraschino-Kirschen, Birne, Süßholz, Vanille, Honig, ein Hauch Ingwer, Milchkaffee, etwas Zitrone; beim zweiten Schluck drängt die Zitrone, untermalt von mineralischen Elementen, vehement nach vorne, Kieselstein im Mund, Magnesiumbrausetabletten, Zitronenbaiser

Finish

knapp mittellang, süß, mit Cocktailkirschen und Milchkaffee und erneut aufkommend Süßholz, übergehend in Rooibuschtee, zart bitter werdend, dazu Zitrone, etwas erloschene Grillkohle, Zitronenbaiser

Comments

Die anfänglichen schönen Sherry-Noten werden bereits nach einigen Minuten unter Sauerstoffeinfluss total von den Bourbon-Cask-Aromen mit mineralischer Zitrone verdrängt.

Es wäre vielleicht eine gute Idee, die gerade geöffnete Flasche bald in Samplefläschchen abzufüllen, um den Einfluss der 30% Sherry Casks nicht komplett zu verlieren.

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