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Kilkerran 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.30/100
votes
1015
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

€ 46.13

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

144 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.30 points

  1. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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-

  2. 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.

  3. Misery scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    `Kilkerran 12/46%`
    The aroma of malt-pepper, lemons, oranges, a small patch of peat and salt, apples, lay dried fruit, sweet spices. The taste is full, rich, sweet-pepper, caramel, vanilla, smoke and lemon notes. The finish is medium length, pepper, a little salt, oranges and lemons.

    Very spicy and rich flavor aroma molt. In my opinion, the taste here plays a dominant role, very complex and complete for a 12 year old molt. After the sip, the aroma acquires very interesting musty-fruit-berry stories, which I consider to be more like notes than of-nots. Deserves a good rating, tasty molt.
    `Score 87`
    © belwhisky.club

  4. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.
    On top of that it has got a smashing bfyb-factor .
    • Nose
      86 86
      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. I can understand that it is not for the faint-hearted due to its rough edges.
    • Taste
      87 87
      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.
      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.
    • Finish
      86 86
      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.

  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. Alois scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • 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.

  7. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. 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/
    91/100

  9. Abtbernardus scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A very pleasant dram that I certainly get in full bottle to be able to enjoy it at any time.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Vanilla, honey, sweet scents of fruit, apple juice. Slightly spicy herbal test, (cinnamon ??),
    • Taste
      83 83
      Very fruity, also light peat, herbs and sherry. Some minerals, salt
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, peppery, a little honey-sweet vanilla but especially the light peat makes it a perfect dram for every day.

  10. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Another very nice Kilkerran, clean, clean and without smudge.
    Too eager to taste 20/25 years ....
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, sweet spices, fresh fruits, citrus fruits and precious woods.
    • Taste
      Lack of peps, spices, cooked fruits, stewed and light bitterness.
    • Finish
      Sweet spices, floral, creamy on the fruit yahurt .... light return of the smoke.

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