Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
85.89/100
votes
442
Whiskybase ID
WB94272
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
20.03.2017
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Bourbon
Casknumber
Batch #1
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
17/132
Barcode
610854002701
Added on
28 mar 2017 9:54 am by bert61nl
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 260.70

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Whisky reviews for Kilkerran 08-year-old

79 users have left 83 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.89 points.

  1. Nosingbär scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's been my ups and downs with Kilkerran and my conclusion is that the less I like him the more I don't really make time for him. Then it's angular and complicated, if I'm honest. But if I have patience and time, it's worth 89 points. That's how I rate him, because I don't correct my bad ratings on the bad days. On average, he would therefore get closer to 88 points. With time an elegant smoker in the nose and a hearty firework in the mouth, without time and with hectic a firecracker extinguished in the mouth. Incidentally, I also think that it gets better in the bottle, so maybe let it sit for a few months after opening.
    • Nose
      Aromatic, sour, smoky funk (a kind of tingling like a shower in the nose). Lemon peel and lemon juice, dirty vanilla, some savory notes and a sweet component in the malty direction, not sweet and dark enough for toffee. The smoke is slightly acidic, that's the typical Kilkerran note that you may or may not like. The best way to describe it is with a damp stone staircase in the cellar, on which white wine was poured out. Luckily, it weakens over time and fades into the background. Also some herbs in the nose. Laurel, sage, basil. After water and 15 minutes time, the nose becomes immediately round and pleasant, the corners and edges are rounded off and fit more into the whole. There is some fresh fruitiness and a gentle floral note. Even a little honey. The lemon becomes sweeter and lemon curd is added.
    • Taste
      sour, smoky, then comes sweetness and even more smoke and spice. Salt, lemon, the dirty vanilla again. hearty. Clearly. This whisky has that certain umami note between sweet and salty. Grammel dumplings. Great mouthfeel, oily, voluminous, full-bodied. A cluster of lemon and umami.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, while the smoke subsides with a pleasant tingle. The smoke gives the finish the impression of a longer aged whisky. A little oak. Well done salami. Estragon mustard. Some salt and pepper.

  2. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Bembel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Salty maritime, subtle smoke. Comes fresh.
      Later sweet notes of light fruit. Something floral. Vanilla.

      +Water: opens up, becomes more complex. Green apple, shortbread and lemon are added.
    • Taste
      Powerful start. Salty maritime, peppery spiciness, slightly dry oak and earthy. Alcohol clearly present.

      +Water: Buttery-Oily, Sweet Apple, Salty-Smoky. Little pepperiness and wood.
    • Finish
      Long. warming. woody.

      +Water: Short, sweet with some smoke.

  4. MasterMork scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      8
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fruity and spice of a neat bourbon cask, smooth kilkerran

    Airing is getting stronger, and the floral is getting stronger

  6. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Eight years is a great age for Kilkerran and this one shows how wonderfully the raw distillate works with ex-bourbon casks.
    Classic Campbeltown malt without unnecessary frills.
    • Nose
      Lots of vanilla, fine peat smoke, wet wood, rhubarb, green apple
    • Taste
      Powerful start, chalky, milk chocolate, walnut
    • Finish
      Warming, long, a fine touch of smoke.

  7. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Tomek scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: light, sweet, vanilla, delicate sea influence, citrus, cereal
    Taste: vanilla, peppery, delicate peat, earthy, metallic
    Finish: warming, citrus, vanilla
    Grade: 4

  9. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Remarkable for the age, no, very remarkable!
    • Nose
      86 86
      A bit reserved at first, then peat smoke, ham and a distinct maritime note, fresh sea breeze.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very oily mouthfeel, delicious, with smoky fruit.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, intense finish with amazingly mature components; definitely not a cheap "oak in your face";)

  10. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Mild nose, not a lot going on. Semi dry palate, some pepper, hint of vanilla, short, but warming finish.

  11. Don Cassi scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Slightly fruity like banana and citrus, cheesy and musty with great integrated alcohol. Not a complexity monster but well done.
    Length: 5/10

    Grade: 2+

  12. yarikovsky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  13. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Glengyle delivers a very good malt here for the somewhat young age. The nose is very interesting with constantly changing impressions. On the tongue it shows a great start with a real "fruit explosion". The clear bitterness that appears in the mouth after a few seconds and spreads very dominantly, especially in the finish, is a bit "too much" for my taste.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/kilkerran-8-jahre-cask-strength-batch-1/
    • Nose
      The first impression is sweet and slightly smoky. The general aroma is very light and fresh, the smoke very pleasant. The alcohol tickles my nose a bit. After a few minutes, the smoke subsides a little and there is a surge of sweet and sour citrus fruits. The aroma becomes a little more intense and the sweetness decreases. Then I feel the smoke stronger again, behind it are apricot jam and vanilla. In the long run, the feeling in the nose becomes a little drier. The sour citrus fruits predominate and a slightly spicy oak aroma is discreetly in the background.
    • Taste
      The start on the tongue is very intense and clearly sweet. I hardly find any smoke and the alcohol tingles my tongue slightly. Then there is an overwhelming blend of sweet citrus fruits, ripe apples and peaches. This is accompanied by honey and vanilla. Then the taste becomes slightly bitter but still fruity (grapefruits?), The smoke now comes out stronger.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the bitterness increases again quite a bit. But I can't find real oak notes - pure tannins are at work here. The citrus fruits and the smoke also linger on the finish and eventually even displace the tannins. Towards the end there is a little more pleasant vanilla.

      With water:
      The nose changes only a little, the mouthfeel becomes a little softer. The alcohol is better integrated on the tongue, the bitterness of the tannins is also slowed down a little. Unfortunately, the "fruit explosion" on the palate that I liked so much when I tried it for the first time is lost a little with water. A double-edged sword.

  14. 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.

  15. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  16. blacknapkins scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very pleasant, tastes good, alcohol is well integrated.
    • Nose
      Nice malt note, vanilla, something like cereals are also included, gentle citrus fruitiness that also brings in a little freshness, everything is surrounded by slightly smoldering smoke, a bit of dusty oak, pear I will find later.
    • Taste
      Relatively dry, but also here vanilla, light fruits, oat flakes, a slight hint of pepper, the smoke is always there, but never intrusive, but complements the aromas nicely.
    • Finish
      When swallowed, the smoke is briefly scratchy and more dominant and then remains more present in the dry, spicy, slightly sweet finish.

  19. Макс scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. Mark-E scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  21. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  22. sascuas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted another batch (also 2017 I guess) and was much better than this one. You can't win them all...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  25. Simo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Leather gloves, lanolin, some gasoline, rocks and citrus rind on the nose, maybe unripe plums, opens with water and with time to more sweetness, pear juice, some lemon drops and vanilla. Hot on the palate, bitter grass, car engine oil, and with water lanolin and vanilla. A long, slightly smoky finish with vanilla.

  27. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very juicy and saturated whisky, the standard oak-grain picture is expanded due to peat, ash, a lot of shades and halftones, youth is obvious, but the balance and feeling of the whole product are already very good.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, first nose - light peat and ash; freshly sawn boards, grain, malt, wood dust, sweet creamy notes, mineral shades - stone dust, plaster, grindstone;
    • Taste
      Powerful, saturated, wood grain, malt, strong pepper wave, lemon peel, astringent mineral shades - mineral water with orange juice, ash; a little peat, charred branches, sweet creamy notes, a light bitterness of a young bark, homemade pastille.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, wood-peat with a slight haze, mountain ash, bitter bitter, lemon peel, ash, mineral-metallic notes.

  28. shootingforgold scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Having trouble rating this one, especially when comparing it to other rates on my list. For example: the Laphroaig basic 10 yr I rated 86 and is currently averaging about an 85 overall. To think that this guy, a cask strength uncolored gem of a whisky, is averaging just one point higher than a bargain bin watered down mass produced soulless dram.... I just can't fathom it.

    Sure it's a little young, a little brash. Very hot spirited nose, but tons of depth on the palate with lots of lovely little flavor notes to discover. After giving a bottle enough time to open up (I took about a month to finish it off) I'm more than comfortable saying that this should be rated much much higher than it currently is.

  29. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice citrusy nose, clear, clean with some smoke.
    In the mouth then properly thrust, slightly acidic and citrusy, with some smoke.
    In the beginning the smoke makes itself clearly noticeable. Little sweet, rather harsh and rough.
    But a cool part, young and wild. The Kilkerran 12 is sanded really smooth, if somehow a little better. But this is perhaps the more exciting in the long run.

  30. davidloosli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very good for the young age
    • Nose
      Cereal, vanilla, lemon drops, minerally, sea breeze, chalk, sweet pastries (lemon tarte), with water more lemons, meringue
    • Taste
      sweet and sour, yuzu lemon, a bit peaty, earthy, ginger, with water sharper (pepper)
    • Finish
      mineral, lemon, astringend, black tea, grapefruit, green apple

  31. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Gorgeous work! The beautiful style of Campbeltana in a masterful performance. For pleasure
    • Nose
      It is tasty, with a bunch of nuances, a distinct representative of Campbeltana, salty smoked peat, malt, sweet candied fruits, herbs, mint or eucalyptus notes, citrus, mineral, cattle courtyard theme, husked lime, light strawberry-raspberry theme, sea iodinated salt, ground wood, vanilla, dust. Subsequently, pears and apples appear on the brackish background, salted cucumbers with tomatoes, salty fatty fish (salmon type), Cream of Inya cake (Bizé), white pepper, tincture on herbs and roots. The youth of a match in this case plays a plus, charges a fragrance, invigorates. He is very bright, intense, expressive.
    • Taste
      Pepper, sweet, citrus, butter, candied again, mineral, delicate ash and fire, smoked fish.
    • Finish
      Warming, not aggressive, knit, volumetric, oily, long, smoked-fish, light ash and smoke.

  32. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Coastal nose on the front, not a bad start. A very naked Kilkerran, which is a good thing. Spicy vanilla on a grassy background. Clean and fresh, with sandy and mineral notes. Evolve into a fruitier nose after the first sip.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lots of citrus fruits, along with earthy and salty notes. The saline notes you always get from Springbank is presence as well. Very enjoyable, but can be sharp on the palate if not careful.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Nutty, with slight hint of smokiness, lengthy saltiness. Finish is pretty long. Slight bitterness in the end.

  33. 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

  34. diamond2000 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: fresh, sea, alcoholic, wild honey flowers, fresh ginger, sea pebbles, algae iodine, menthol, peaty, smoke, juice and lemon peel, dried grain, spilled and dried beer, and again flowers, but something more like lilac and still very unusual scent of a damp cellar, with walls covered with lime.
    Taste: malt, peat-honey, vanilla, small oak bitterness; just but nice.
    Finish: malt, some smoked meats, hop fruit bitterness like in IPA beer, minerality, medium length.
    Rating: 88
    Bottom line: a decent representative of Cambeltown, at first a little spout in the aroma, due to its youth and strength, but after a while, having adapted, it does not strain. Taste and finish, of course, are simple because of their youth, but everything is very consistent and consistent and tasty. After such releases, there is a desire to look for and try something new from this distiller!

  35. 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 off my closed bottle for cheap, as initially this was a let down for me.

  36. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 659: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfznsjYnPWU (90/100).

    "It tastes like an eight years old, it smells like an eight years old but it has the presence and the charisma and the character of a very well made eight year old."

  37. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Right up my alley, so extremely enjoyable.
    It's only problem, IMHO, is that the 12-yo is even better. Even at 46%. And I've tasted these two along side each other quite often.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dark sugar, ripe red fruit, some mint, some ammonium chloride, fresh oak wood, dry hay, some grapes, earth, minerals, some faint tropical fruit (not as much as the 12-yo)
    • Taste
      88 88
      Begins slowly with sweet honey and hay, then the dark sugar coated red and yellow fruit come slamming in, riding on the alcohol waves. Again, there are earth notes, a lot of minerals, and some tropical fruit
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, a bit drying, a bit bitter in the end. The fruits die off nicely. Some dark sugar and dark chocolate mixed with some earthy minerals die off along side it. Some mint tones in the end.

  38. 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

  39. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Malinois scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Masterclass Kilkerran Springbank 10/09/2018
    Hazelburn 10yo (2017)
    Kilkerran 12yo (2017)
    -Kilkerran 8yo 56.2%
    Springbank 12yo CS 56.2%
    Springbank 18yo (2017)
    Springbank 21yo (2017)
    Springbank 25yo (2018)
    Longrow 14yo 57.8%

    Added a few drops of water in advance, this was a retasting.
    • Nose
      Fresh, oily, yellow fruits, soft peat
    • Taste
      Sweet, malted, more peat than in the nose, butterscotch
    • Finish
      Peat goes quick away, yellow fruit, oily, some tannines

  41. Dyno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    i've had this bottle for a while now and it's running low and as with many whiskies it only got better. i like it both neat and watered down, with a solid preference for the watered down version, cool thing is you can choose how you wish to drink it at the moment.

    the finish is really fantastic now that it's opened up. i think i might like it a tad more then the 12, or my palate has evolved or i'd need to try them side by side for good measure... 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  42. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  43. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    You need to love seafood
    • Nose
      Seabreeze, seaweed, salty, iodine, honeydew, hints of vanilla, little citric
    • Taste
      Very oily, creamy, more seaweed, smoked fish, salty, a bit lemony
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm

  44. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. Mascht scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    tastes like a typical Springbank, but a bit scratchy
    • Nose
      hot, vanilla, malt, citrus, fresh green apples, some smoke, fruit candies, some caramel
    • Taste
      spicy, spicy, herbal drops, citrus, slightly scratchy
    • Finish
      long with nice dirty flavors but also some sharpness and bitterness

  47. kot1803 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  48. Pikehunter scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  49. thatfamousgrouse scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • 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.

  50. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An honest Kilkerran, well the absolute but a notch below the last traffic jams for me. Enthusiasm 3/5 Whisky n ° 1542
    • Nose
      Peated malt. It's young: some ethereal notes. And also a farmer's side quite nice! Vanilla. Late roundness with butterscotch notes.
      The farmer's side disappears unfortunately after adding water.
    • Taste
      Malt, then green malt. Quite silky on the caramel. With water, more oily texture.
    • Finish
      In line.

  51. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  52. Abadon05 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Can not convince me unfortunately. Especially the departure is very disappointing, especially with the good start. Not much vanilla.
    • Nose
      Grassy, ​​vanilla and the liveliness of a lemon. Quite a bit smoke.
    • Taste
      Salty, lemon, honey and vanilla. The smoke is now clearer, as well as the percentages are clearly felt.
    • Finish
      Medium. Very medically and peaty. And iodine or a certain mineral note. In addition a lot of spice, reminds a lot of pepper. Finally, a lot of salt remains on the tongue.

  53. 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.

  54. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  55. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  56. Savi scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Very complex for his age and despite moderate Faßinfluss long finish.
    • Nose
      Very soft smoke, lots of grain, malt, caramel, heather, yeast, wet hay, clove and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and malty, honey, a slightly tart spiciness, some pepper and a hint of chocolate.
    • Finish
      Some malt and smoke, herbaceous tart, yeast, pepper and clove flow in chocolate notes with a surprisingly long finish for his age.

  57. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I find that the smoke and bourbon cask influence overpower the distillery's character, which is a shame as we already experienced its quality.

    http://www.whiskywobbles.nl/kilkerran-8-years-old-cask-strength/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  58. 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.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glengyle/kilkerran-8-year-old-cask-strength/
    • 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.

  59. Avdboom scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  60. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  61. squaadgras scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  62. Shane_IL did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    There was a lot of that Springbank (this one was very Springbanky) funk to this one, lots of chemical notes, lots of oil, lots of herbs. If you’re a fan of that kind of thing like I am, then this will be right up your alley. Really big, bold dram.Reviwed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/07/01/kilkerran-8-cask-strength/
    • Nose
      Gritty vanilla cream pie. Slight gunpowdery note to it. Lemon oil. Herbal honey, but more herbal. Fennel. Sage. Quite a dominant chemical smoke note. Nail varnish. Carbolic soap.
    • Taste
      Creamy vanilla and a good kick of dirty, dusty notes. Quite dry with a very oily mouthfeel. Motor oil to be specific. Dried citrus peel. Dry grass left in the sun. More herbal honey, slightly more emphasis on the honey than the herbal now. Lingering woodspice and artificial cinnamon flavouring on the swallow.
    • Finish
      Long. Artificial cinnamon and woodspice carries through along with some chemical smoke, honey and fennel. Liquorice pastilles. Slight coppery aftertaste.

  63. Glen Positive scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    really disappointed, being a fan of the 12yo and wip 4. this is really something else...

    sour, acidic, young, sulphury, a weird cheap kind of peat...what are they trying to make here?

  64. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  65. Torfding scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    As I feel so often with Kilkerran, whisky does not do so well when it lasts longer. So pour and do not wait too long!
    • Nose
      Lemon glaze and yellow fruit (a little apple, a little pear), maybe rhubarb (I could not confirm the second sample), solvent / glue note, vanilla, cereals, a bit salty, rather light, a little more superficial dry and bitter smoke, maritime, comes slightly moist-mineral
    • Taste
      comes first mild and very slightly prickling, but then becomes bitter, initially a bit thin and tame then comes the sweet mouth feeling; creamy or rather oily, peaty and salty, green apple, a little light chocolate with nuts is still added after some life
    • Finish
      long, later rather medium; strong and dry, slightly metallic and a little oak, spice, vanilla, apple, somehow "dirty", light acidity like sparkling wine, a malty impression lingers even longer

  66. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Lovely distillate with the majority of the action coming from its high strength. Generally it's big savoury>sweet, salty and somewhat farmy.
    T: Lovely indeed and oozing flavour. Only small ppm >15 [im guessing], yet plenty of char.
    F: Char smoke.
    C: The strength carries this to a large extent, but it is marvellous all the same.Scores a B[-]

  67. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  68. Prodigy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Not a bad dram - but liked the 12-yo better.A bit rough and youngish

  69. 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

  70. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Straight and unfussy - but edgy and (very) good!
    2nd & 3rd Tasting: always like better: 89+ P.
    • Nose
      A beautiful maritime note at the beginning (salt!), Followed by cereals or a malt note, lemon, pineapple and vanilla in the background, finally there is light smoke and a hint of oak; somewhere glue is sneaking around;
    • Taste
      Strong start! Pepper-tingling and spicy, malty and bright fruits like green apple (sour) and then a sweet pineapple. Dry! Bread and biscuits come out.
      With water generally less maritime and (much) fruity! But it is the pleasant and beautiful force a little lost!
    • Finish
      Strong, powerful, spicy and long! Astringent, dry and a good dose of oak will stay there for a long time! Towards the end, a sour note of the green apple comes over again;

  71. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  72. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  73. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    90/100
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  74. 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.

    90/100
    • 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

  75. Mingus scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    http://blogwwb.blogspot.fr/2017/05/kilkerran-8-ans-cask-strength-ob-562.html

  76. irrerelevant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a little too pricy, but very nice, like those cool ex-bourbon WIPs, I really like those dry, slightly bitter nuts and this big and heavy mouthfeel ... incredible how much water it takes, this is campbeltown sirup
    • Nose
      it's 8 years and cask strength, but no real trace of alcohol, artificial vanilla sugar (for baking), very heavy, oily, full of roasted brazil nuts, dry smoke, bitter and briny, there is some kind of light fruit (apple, pear)

      with water: yep, takes it well, more bitterness, brazil nuts and peat smoke, less of that artificial vanilla sugar, more natural
    • Taste
      smoke is more present here, huge amount of those brazil nuts, nice nutty sweetness, sugary, baking soda (!), Tresterbrand, very heavy, oily and big destillate, dries significantly, super briny, lemon peel, pepper, touch of licorice, blood oranges are developing over time ... there are similarities to the 12 yo
    • Finish
      long, dry, bitter, smoke developing in the background, a little soapy, still very briny, orange zests

  77. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    More on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • 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.

  78. Andi_Whisky&Vinyl scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I can hardly remember that I once drank a "only" eight-year-old whisky in cask strength, but overall has been as complex and round as here at Kilkerran 8. Since I like the game with the cask strength is really fun, like he might even better me than the 12er.

    My complete review: http://whiskyundvinyl.de/2017/04/24/kilkerran-8-jahre-cask-strength-whisky-review
    • Nose
      For the young cask strength surprisingly mild, as far as the alcohol is concerned. Light apple notes, vanilla and marzipan. Reminiscent of cake dough. The typical light smoke that accompanies everything.
    • Taste
      Here comes the cask strength to bear and accordingly the first start is quite full. But definitely not too much. Water can but does not have to. From the flavors it is quite malty and the oak comes through easily. Then I have a delicious milk chocolate and those light salt notes that I always find at Springbank.
    • Finish
      It lasts quite well, not for an awfully long time, but such a smokey maltyness is pretty tasty.

  79. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good, but I think I liked the WIP VII on bourbon (whick was in the same price category) better. Still have to compare them one-on-one.
    • Nose
      Caramel, lime, malt and a little peat. Later mango, orange and perfume. 
    • Taste
      Malt, peat, lime, pepper and mango.
    • Finish
      Peat, mango, caramel and malt.

  80. Shinji scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  81. MarcoWe65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  82. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Insanity painting for the price !! A Campbeltown prime example =)
    • Nose
      Dry wood smoke, mineral, citrus apple notes jostle past, if you stay longer, the citrus sweetness is always stinging and dominant, with water he is super creamy, now come juice oranges, the wood smoke is completely gone
    • Taste
      A lot of pressure from the alcohol, then directly the mineral and salty flavors, slightly bitter, but it is incredibly sour creamy with time, water brings here also oranges to the fore, as orange peel I would identify it here
    • Finish
      The wood smoke comes through again, then now more citrus bitterness, water makes the finish creamy and less spicy

  83. bert61nl did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From the distillery:

    Nose - The aroma from the lightly peated barley is apparent from the off and some of the green apples which are becoming a feature of Kilkerran are also present. This whisky is like a favourite dessert, rhubarb crumble, with scents of stewed rhubarb, vanilla and all butter shortbread.Palate - There’s an earthiness and saltiness, exactly what you want to taste in a Campbeltown dram. This is combined with icing sugar and puff candy which gives a sweetness to the whisky, along with milk chocolate and walnut flavours.Finish - The peat remains, along with a sootiness, pencil shavings and a liquorice-influenced maltiness.

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