Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
70% Bourbon / 30% Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
01 Aug 2016 9:49 am by Erik Elixir

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€ 55.35

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

171 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.10 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    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-

  2. moviemaniac scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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/

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    One of the best presented 12 year old single malts out there. An incredibly good value for money whisky. Value (£35): 9/10
    • Nose
      Light fruity sweetness of poached pears first, followed by some fresh lemon spray and orange peels and very mild peat smoke lingering. Some lovely oaky vanillins. A touch of green malt and farmyard-like hay. Some sour cherries. Savoury with barbecued meats and herbs with notes of cloves, thyme and rosemary. Some salinity to it as well. Seems like quite an old school 'dirty' malt with fusile notes to it as well. cooling aniseed.
    • Taste
      Sweet, sour and bitter. Citrus peels, vanilla sweetness. Malty notes of barley water. More kitchen spices like cinnamon and cloves. The sherry influence is quite mild, contributing mainly a light hazelnut note. A touch of spice with ginger and white pepper. Seas spray. Savoury on the palate as well, quite meaty and heavy. In my opinion, the spirit character shines through over the oak itself. Loads of marine Campbeltown character.
    • Finish
      Long and bittersweet, think boiled sweets and roasted coffee beans in addition to the spices from the palate. White pepper and more green malt notes. A light cooling menthol.

  4. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Jabarkas scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A great daily dram, yet complex as well. A nice combination of citrusy notes and peat. Non-chillfiltered. No artificial colouring. Well priced for a "Springbank" so far. Bottle could be slightly less "hipster" though. A great complex whisky!
    • Nose
      Medium peat, fruits.
    • Taste
      Very citrusy, peat. Sweet and bitter at the same time.
    • Finish
      Peat. Again some bitterness and sweetness. Some saltiness as well.

  7. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Yes, I enjoyed it. Simple, fresh whisky. Maybe the form of the day is dependent, but that evening it was exactly the right one in a series of rather heavy, complex whiskys. Fresh, grassy basic character with cereals, banana and vanilla. Freshness does not mean youth, not at all. The whisky is just not dead in the glass ;-). I diluted it with a little water, I find the whisky 43% or even 40% more accessible.

  8. Gaija scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    ["Another brick in the wall" tasting session - n°16]
    I think I prefered the more austere and linear bourbon-matured WIP's, but this is still a very fine drop for sure.
    • Nose
      Quite typically limestone-y and lemony, with some Campbeltown funk (linoleum), but also a rounder, more bourbon-drive side, something cake-y I'd say. Touches of soot afterwards.
    • Taste
      Again, the typical limestone and linoleum are complemented by a softer cake-y side that might, at least to me, be considered as superfluous.

  9. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Slightly candied pineapple after 15 to 20 minutes breathing. My second favourite contemporary 12 year old.
    The peat is very vell integrated. I think this is how peat should contribute in a whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    At the beginning, still enthusiastic, I had to end of the bottle so my problems with this bottling - too sherrylastig. In terms of taste, the picture does not change in retrospect, but you can still look forward to the issue price and take your hat off to those in charge of the distillery.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86


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