Kilkerran 08-year-old

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Single Malt
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Stated Age
08 years old
Bourbon Casks
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56.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
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Added on
28 Mar 2017 9:54 am by bert61nl
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€ 98.58

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

70 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.85 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram at the Kilkerran masterclass tasting during the Campbeltown Whisky Festival today. 

    The colour is pale gold with a texture of late thin legs and no tears at all.  The nose is on a vanilla-driven profile with some peaty aromas and hints of fruits.  With some water added it gets more grassy and floral (haystacks). The mouthfeel is nicely coating for such a young whisky with some peppery moments.  The taste is sweet, nutty and spicy (again vanilla), with water some chocolatey and toffee flavours are released.  The finish is long and peppery that gets more sweet and mellow with water added.

    All in all a surprisingly mature dram for an eight years old whisky that is almost chewable.  I really like it...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very tasty malt, which can offer a very good price / performance ratio and thus the expectations of Kilkerran not disappointed. For eight years he can convince, reminiscent of the Work in Progress series.
    • Nose
      Lots of smoke ahead with fruitiness, citrus and mineral notes. Amazing amount of smoke for Kilkerran and even he does not kick right after pouring. Stability calms him down as expected, peaches dominate, vanilla becomes clear, the citrus notes are only marginally present, the smoke is slightly muted and it looks a bit more mineral. Some iodine and disinfectants are now found. Warmth brings back the citrus notes, lemon and grapefruit, more mineral and now also malt. The smoke is now very sooty.
    • Taste
      Again, vanilla and lemon juice, plus the smoke from the nose. He occurs delayed but as expected vigorously, white pepper, clear tannins come from behind the oak. The mouthfeel is slightly oily. In the second sip comes a hefty load of honey Hinz, making it overall sweeter and therefore more balanced.
    • Finish
      The finish is tannin and medium in length. The honey sweetness is only briefly carried into the finish before it dries out significantly. In the end, ash will remain on the tongue. He also warms the chest, but not as strong as expected.

  3. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A tasty follow-up to last year’s official 12 year old bottling, but to my mind, not quite as successful. All the same elements are here, but their composition and balance just isn’t quite as elegant this time around. It's rare for me to say it, but in this instance I don't think the higher ABV has necessarily been helpful here. Likewise, the bourbon casks used seem to have been quite active, so whilst a quick maturation has been achieved, the balance between spirit and oak seems to favour the oak heavily in this instance. The problem is that there’s already been a number of fantastic Kilkerran releases and it becomes increasingly hard not to judge them by their own standards. Regardless, this is still a very tasty dram indeed which proudly displays its distillery character.

    • Nose
      The Glengyle spirit makes itself known right away – greasy, oily smoke with deep and pronounced malts and a sharp pang of citrus. Behind this I find real earthy and vegetal notes – forest mosses and wild mushrooms. Light honey, toffee, golden syrup and vanilla provide agreeable sweetness. The peating is as you’d expect from this region of Scotland - pungent, fuel-like and full of soot and machine oil. The malts are exceptionally pronounced here and with the evident sweetness going on elsewhere seem rather akin to some sugar dusted Weetabix - tasty! Adding water only brings out the sweeter notes further – I’m not if we need to do that frankly.
    • Taste
       Some immediate presence and bite here from 56.2% ABV. A good mouthfeel, but not as oily and coating as I was expecting. Translation from nose to palate is excellent – more of the same malts and dirty peat. Grapefruits, peaches and sharp citrus combine nicely with a good whack of vanilla from the casks. Very malty and with the sweetness levels dialled down a touch from the nose. Quite steely and cold in places. The addition of water oddly seems to improve them mouthfeel making it slightly more vicious and chewy, but, expectedly, it reduces the immediacy and attack on the palate – Rather the double edged sword – you win some you lose some.
    • Finish
      Short-medium in length and fairly biting when undiluted. Peppery with a hint of cinnamon and relatively drying in the mouth.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose is easily the best part of this whisky. It drops off a bit on palate and finish which are very spicy and oaky. I expected better balance, but it's still a fine dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Mild smoke of toasted wood, mineral, very nutty, peanut (slightly salted), macadamia, almonds. Not much fruitiness initially, but adding water releases vanilla, yellow apple, lemon, some peach and lychee, also some more notes of smoked wood.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Initially this is pretty harsh, peppery and tannic, though some fruitiness starts shining through eventually. With water more vanilla, sweet oranges, bitter grapefruit, some peach and a nice note of honey. Still nutty and quite some pepper with spicy charred oak.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length: bitter citrus, a short burst of peachy and honied fruitiness, then overpowering pepper, wood tannins and toasted oak.

  5. Kaleva scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very oak-driven whisky, young and punchy. The nose is rather light and pleasant, gently smoky. However, the palate is quite bitter and gives a lot of oak, too much on my taste. Overall impression - young whisky with good potential to develop. I think 2-3 more years would improve it significantly. But now I'm giving it over 8 mainly because of its nose.
    • Nose
      Fresh, creamy, slightly smoky, with obvious minerality (wet chalk and earth), light maltiness, lemon zest, vanilla, boiled vegetables, green apple, sweet pastry, water opens honey and green pear notes
    • Taste
      Very punchy even diluted, spicy (white pepper, ginger), oaky (bitter), malty, minerally, walnut, oatmeal, grapefruit zest, smoky/sooty notes
    • Finish
      Rather long, very oaky, dry, malty, nutty, quite bitter with a hint of smoke

  6. dandyman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Initially not much happening without water on the nose, feels very closed and shy, only faint mineral peatsmoke notes with a bit of hay and cheese sticks (pastry).
    Once you add water it really opens up, and it takes a lot. Cracked seahells, lemon, rocky beach, hay, a little peatsmoke, very refreshing and maritime, not complex but full on.
    Flavourwise these aromas very much translate onto the palate, with a little more peppery/tangy notes evolving, it still feels youngish, but in the best possible way, quite a bruiser here without off notes and a very good balance, the finish is unexpectedly long and extensive, impressive.
    Now I regret having sold my closed bottle off for cheap, as initially this was a let down for me.

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For his little age already very round and complex - very good value for money - play with water and give him time in the glass
    • Nose
      A barbecue on the algigen beach, salty maritime air surrounds us and from somewhere also wet leaves - citrus notes and grapefruit accompany a clear minerality
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and surprisingly round, medicinal and algg, sweet salted toffee and some dried hay
    • Finish
      smoky, sweet of sugar beet - despite his youth, he is already pushing a lot of oak, which remains in the mouth and throat for a long time

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    now, the nose disappointed a little but the rest is wonderful. you have to like straightforward, spirit driven whisky.

    • Nose
      this is spirit driven stuff, slightly aggressive in the beginning. let´s give it some time: citric with a thin layer of smoke. faint whiffs of barley. wet gravel.with water: does not really change.
    • Taste
      ahh, now we´re talking and I could have guessed that a kilkerran cannot disappoint completely.

      comes with a big fat, oily attack with a wonderful fruitiness. lemons and mandarins. red currant candies. very fresh, mouthwatering stuff.
    • Finish
      long and clean

  10. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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    • Nose
      At the beginning surprisingly introverted, after a few minutes the flavors crystallize more clearly. Vanilla, malt, biscuits, citrus and above all green apples are superior. In the background linger a pleasant smoky note and light maritime notes (salt). The more time the whisky gets in the glass, the more complex the interaction of the aromas becomes. The high alcohol content of 56.2% is discreet at first, but overall very gentle / pleasing and well integrated. Patience is rewarded here!
    • Taste
      The alcohol pushes powerful, light pepperiness, malty notes, salt, vanilla and especially salt are my first impressions. Very oily and pleasant mouthfeel, with a few drops of water even gentler, almost creamy with a sourish tart towards grapefruit. Later slightly chocolaty with hints of exotic fruits and a subtle smokiness in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium. Smoky with lemons and oranges, malt, a hint of vanilla and hints of spicy oak notes.


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