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Kilkerran 12-year-old

Overall rating 638 votes 86.67

109 × in wishlist

Member rates

2078 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 21
Taste 22
Finish 21
Balance 22

Tastingtags

118 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-

Highlandmaniac
Expert Junior Highlandmaniac Tasting note
10 Jan 2017 4:55 pm
Highlandmaniac gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
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 splash 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 whisp of smoke added.

Comments

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 beautifully made no-nonsense Campbeltown whisky, period!

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
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Collegiate
Expert Junior Collegiate Note
27 Nov 2017 12:54 am
Collegiate gave this whisky 87 points

Might well be the best entry level on on the market right now.  Barely cereal, lemon, and a muscular mouth feel akin to Springbank.  There are sour notes on the finish that some may find off putting, but I find very satisfying and rewarding.

Dre73
Expert Senior Dre73 Review note
24 Nov 2017 3:47 pm
Dre73 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.8
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
86
Price
87
Presentation
87
Dre73
Expert Senior Dre73 Tasting note
24 Nov 2017 3:17 pm
Dre73 gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Ziltig, leer, wat rokerig, citrus. Alcohol redelijk prominent aanwezig in de geur, ondanks redelijk laag Abv

Taste

Zacht maar vol, olie-achtige structuur, zoet, karamel, wat kruidig ook, kaneel, ziltig, rook.

Finish

Licht pepertje nu, vrij lang, licht rokerig nog (houtvuur), kruidig, hout. Beetje bittere ondertoon, drogig.

Comments
Dyno
Expert Senior Dyno Review note
24 Nov 2017 10:46 am
Dyno gave this whisky 86 points

solid and distinctive dram. The bottle changes drastically over time. weirdly it became peatier from what i experienced. Happy to try this again in the near future.

Weighted Rate
85
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
85
Presentation
85
Hare&Copper
Expert Senior Hare&Copper Tasting note
03 Nov 2017 8:44 am
Hare&Copper gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Soot. Newsprint. Limestone. Lemons. Salty. Apples. Pastries. 

Taste

Lemons. Ash. Salt. Pepper. Quite thin body.

Finish

Medium. Lots of salt. Light smoke.

Comments

Great nose. Taste a bit thin. 

Joe Karacho
Member Senior Joe Karacho Tasting note
26 Aug 2017 7:36 pm
Joe Karacho gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Leichter Rauch, Zitrusfrüchte, Vanille, ab und an blitzt minimal der Sherry auf, verschwindet aber ebenso schnell wieder wie er gekommen ist

Taste

Ein tolles buttrig öliges Mundgefühl, von Sherry so garnix, dafür aber Salz, etwas Zitrone und Limette sowie deutlich Orange, dazu furztrockene Eiche und etwas karamellisierter Zucker

Finish

Warm und mittellang, die Eiche bleibt, dazu tritt der Rauch und etwas Zitronensäure, auch hier wieder sehr trocken

Comments

Ein leicht maritimer und ebenso leicht rauchiger Malt mit deutlichem Zitruseinschlag und trockener Eiche. Sicherlich nicht für jeden was, wer nen zärtlichen Gaumenschmeichler sucht wird hier eher nicht fündig, dafür aber Freunde eines ehrlichen Küstenwhiskys aus dem Ex-Bourbonfass mit tollem PL-Verhältnis

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