Kilkerran 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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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€ 53.42

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

206 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.96 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 85 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. 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. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Spicy, slightly peaty and mineral "Springbank" nose, with orange peel and a slight saltiness. Strong in the mouth, slightly peaty, salty, sweet and spicy. Great combination. The finish is long, salty, slightly peaty, orange notes. A very successful standard.

  6. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The initial beautiful sherry notes are completely ousted after a few minutes under the influence of oxygen from the bourbon cask aromas with mineral lemon.

    It might be a good idea to quickly fill the opened bottle with sample bottles, so as not to completely lose the influence of the 30% Sherry Casks.
    • Nose
      Lemon, milk chocolate, latte, licorice, grape nut chocolate, very intense sweet cherries, slightly apple-like, burnt out charcoal fire, vanilla, more and more lemon, seaweed on the beach, sea spray
    • Taste
      sweet, creamy, milk chocolate, raisins, nuts, maraschino cherries, pear, licorice, vanilla, honey, a touch of ginger, latte, some lemon; on the second sip, the lemon, accompanied by mineral elements, presses vehemently forward, pebble in the mouth, magnesium effervescent tablets, lemon meringue
    • Finish
      short medium length, sweet, with cocktail cherries and milk coffee and again emerging licorice, passing in Rooibuschtee, delicately bitter, with lemon, some extinct charcoal, lemon meringue

  7. Kumachan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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. Noface83 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Nose: mineral earthy, hints of smoke, ointment, lemon juice and lemon zest, a touch of salty manzanilla sherry
    Taste: full of strong onset, spicy and creamy sweet at the same time, lemon cake, malty sweetness, a splash of sea water, beautiful pepper sharpness, to the rear and in the finish then a dry sherry fruitiness and delicate oak. The finish is warm but not quite as aromatic as the nose and palate.
    Very successful quasi first-bottling which offers a great PLV and in the range of 12 years old probably belongs to the top class!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      82 82


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