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Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating 179 votes 86.37
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
20.03.2017
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
17/132
Added on
28 Mar 2017 9:58 am by bert61nl
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Member rates

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My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 21
Taste 21
Finish 21
Balance 22

Tastingtags

36 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
25 May 2017 9:43 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 87 points

[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...

Weighted Rate
87.3
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
84
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
rottendon
Connoisseur rottendon Tasting note
26 Sep 2017 10:47 pm
rottendon gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Viel Rauch vornan mit Fruchtigkeit, Zitrus- und mineralischen Noten. Erstaunlich viel Rauch für Kilkerran und überhaupt tritt er schon direkt nach dem Einschenken nicht gerade leise. Standzeit beruhigt ihn erwartungsgemäß etwas, Pfirsiche dominieren, Vanille wird deutlich, die Zitrusnoten sind nur noch marginal vorhanden, der Rauch leicht gedämpft und er wirkt etwas mineralischer. Etwas Jod und Desinfektionsmittel sind jetzt zu finden. Wärme bringt die Zitrusnoten wieder zurück, Zitrone und Grapefruit, noch mineralischer und jetzt auch Malz. Der Rauch wirkt jetzt sehr rußig. 

Taste

Auch hier Vanille und Zitronensaft, dazu der Rauch aus der Nase. Er tritt zeitversetzt aber erwartungsgemäß kräftig an, weißer Pfeffer, nach hinten kommen deutliche Tannine von der Eiche auf. Das Mundgefühl ist leicht ölig. Im zweiten Schluck kommt eine kräftige Ladung Honig Hinz, wodurch er insgesamt süßer und damit auch ausgeglichener wirkt.

Finish

Der Abgang ist tanninlastig und mittellang. Die Honigsüße wird nur kurz in den Abgang getragen, bevor er deutlich abtrocknet. Am Ende bleibt Asche auf der Zunge liegen. Er wärmt zunächst auch etwas den Brustraum, allerdings nicht so kräftig wie erwartet.

Comments

Ein sehr süffiger Malt, der mit einem sehr guten Preis-/ Leistungsverhältnis aufwarten kann und damit die Erwartungen an Kilkerran nicht enttäuscht. Für acht Jahre kann er voll überzeugen, erinnert an die Work in Progress Reihe.

Gruß von hier...
Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
04 Aug 2017 10:28 am
Macheye gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale gold
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.

Comments

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.

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spigray
Connoisseur spigray Tasting note
16 May 2017 12:27 pm
spigray gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Gin clear
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

Comments

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

90/100

thatfamousgrouse
Member Senior thatfamousgrouse Tasting note
13 Nov 2017 4:15 pm
thatfamousgrouse gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Rich, floral, and grassy, with rich creamy vanilla, lemon, sour apple, and a tropical fruit funkiness. Smoky and medicinal backdrop and deep down, some nutella.

Taste

 Full and fruity, with sour apple, some tropical fruits from before, lemon, and a little light nuttiness.

Finish

 Grassy with pepper, vanilla, and a mild smoky backdrop. Long and dry.

Comments

Score: 88 (B+ if you must); Very nice, though it didn’t rock my world like the Work in Progress #7 (ex-bourbon cask strength) did.

lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Tasting note
27 Oct 2017 11:30 am
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Malt tourbé. C'est jeune : quelques notes d'éther. Et aussi un côté fermier assez sympathique ! Vanille. Rondeur tardive avec des notes de butterscotch.
Le côté fermier disparaît malheureusement après adjonction d'eau.

Taste

Malt, puis malt vert. Assez soyeux sur le caramel.

Avec de l'eau, texture plus huileuse. 

Finish

Dans la continuité.

Comments

Un Kilkerran honnête, bien l'absolu mais un cran en dessous des derniers embouteillages en ce qui me concerne.

Enthousiasme 3/5

Whisky n° 1542

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Andytka3
Connoisseur Andytka3 Review note
05 Oct 2017 2:45 am
Andytka3 gave this whisky 86 points

N- Burning paper ashes from the peat smokes are well retained, with some milky tea arise before evolved to pungent grounded pepper, granite spice mortal, whiff of nutty and buttery. High strength are felt thru the layers of petro and off chlorine.


P- Quintessential of explosive young liquid, aggressive peat with firm heather, cocoa bitter sweet, creamy vanilla and layers of sour fruits. Rich, eye-watering strength and intensely spicy.


F- Medium-long, gum burning and jaw dropping, ripe exotic fruits, malty, be excites and immerse in the waves of lasting spiciness and chewy notes.  Scents of raw white oak at the tail spoil the party.


— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

Weighted Rate
88.1
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
92
Finish
87
Price
88
Presentation
85
Abadon05
Expert Junior Abadon05 Tasting note
27 Sep 2017 6:12 pm
Abadon05 gave this whisky 76 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Grasig, Vanille und die Spritzigkeit einer Zitrone. Ganz leicht etwas Rauch.

Taste

Salzig, Zitrone, Honig und Vanille. Der Rauch wird nun deutlicher, ebenso auch die Prozente sind deutlich zu spüren.

Finish

Mittellang. Sehr medizinisch und torfisch. Und Jod bzw. auch eine gewisse mineralische Note. Dazu viel Würze, erinnert doch sehr an Pfeffer. Schlussendlich bleibt viel Salz auf der Zunge.

Comments

Kann mich leider nicht überzeugen. Gerade der Abgang ist doch sehr enttäuschend, insbesondere bei dem guten Anfang. Nicht viel Vanille. 

St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
15 Sep 2017 7:43 am
St. Pauli gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Heavy, oily, and malty with quite some vanilla from the wood. Malt, dough, apple cake, engine oil, soil, a bit of earth and vanilla. A little citrus and mint.

Taste

More of the malty, heavy feel. It's full-bodied and sweet. Apple cake with raisins, again malt, honey, a trace of smoke, dirt, grease, and vanilla. 

Finish

Still heavy, slightly peaty (dirty). The most pleasant part, as it is not overly malty, doughy and young. For the rest: vanilla and damp earth.

Comments

Obviously young and malty. It's well made, doesn't have any obvious flaws in the spirit. Though it's a tad young and therefore onedimensional.

Cheers! Paul
rpvdwel
Expert Senior rpvdwel Review note
01 Sep 2017 9:12 pm
rpvdwel gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
86
Initial taste
87
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
87
Presentation
85

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