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

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€ 44,83

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

164 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.16 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. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. pdby scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Balanced, full, with the aroma of lemons, oranges, a little interspersed with peat and salt, apples and dried fruit, the taste is full and rich with tones of caramel, pepper, haze and lemons, the finish is delicate, with peat, oranges and pepper.
    Very spicy and rich in flavoring malt. In my opinion, taste plays a dominant role here, very comprehensive and complete for a 12 year old malt.

    RATING: 87pts - [n21, t23, f21, b22] → | 86-89: Remarkable |

  7. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I enjoyed this. Its reasonably complex and deviates from the usual tropes of sweet, honeyed, and caramelized. I reckon this is more for lovers of dry ex-Bourbon matured drams that do not overpower your palate after the first dram. Good job Springbank!
    • Nose
      Fruity and vegetal; pears & apples, cucumber & egg plant, as well as a touch of vanilla. Icing sugar, wet stones, and salt-crusted oak.
    • Taste
      Assertive arrival. Sour-dry, with a salty edge. Malty overtones intermingle with weak mint tea and caramel. Very balanced overall!
    • Finish
      Medium. Quite warming, mildly sweet, and tannic.

  8. Kumachan did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A great whisky that offers great maturity and complexity despite its 46%. A whisky that will open the appetite. He made me replace the Talisker 10 years. Not at the same price, you say. Throw on it! If it had to be given a subjective rating, it would be a 90.
    • Nose
      Yellow gold dress. Numerous, thin and heavy tears. Peaty frangipane! Very floral with obvious notes of violet, thyme, dried fruit, some vanilla, moist wood, earth and wet rock. Resolutely mineral.
    • Taste
      It is a sweet peat with salty / sweet accents that dominates the mouth. It is then peppery and spicy, lemon tart, iodized. Pastry chef and sailor at a time.
    • Finish
      The finish is long on salt, zan and bitter grapefruit peel.

  9. 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.

  10. Dyno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87


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