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Kilkerran 08-year-old

Overall rating
86.14/100
votes
252
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

Average value

€ 60,55

Tastingtags

44 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.

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

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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

Pollenflug
Expert Senior Pollenflug Tasting note
30 Apr 2017 2:28 pm
Pollenflug gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Zu Beginn überraschenderweise etwas introvertiert, nach einigen Minuten kristallisieren sich die Aromen deutlicher heraus. Vanille, Malz, Gebäcknoten, Zitrusfrüchte und vor allem grüne Äpfel sind überlegen. Im Hintergrund verweilen eine angenehme Rauchnote und leicht maritime Noten (Salz). Je mehr Zeit der Whisky im Glas bekommt, desto komplexer wird das Zusammenspiel der Aromen. Der hohe Alkoholgehalt von 56,2% ist anfangs dezent spürbar, insgesamt aber sehr sanft/gefällig und gut eingebunden. Geduld wird hier belohnt!

Taste

Der Alkohol schiebt mächtig an, leichte Pfeffrigkeit, malzige Noten, Salz, Vanille und vor allem Salz sind meine ersten Eindrücke. Sehr öliges und angenehmes Mundgefühl, mit Hinzugabe von ein paar Tropfen Wasser noch sanfter, fast cremig mit einem säuerlichen Stich in Richtung Grapefruit. Später leicht schokoladig mit einem Hauch von exotischen Früchten sowie einer dezenten Rauchigkeit im Hintergrund.

Finish

Mittellang. Rauchig mit Zitronen und Orangen, Malz, einem Hauch Vanille und Anklängen von würzigen Eichenholznoten.

Comments
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Dyno
Moderator Dyno Review note
10 Jul 2018 7:36 pm
Dyno gave this whisky 87 points

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... 

Weighted Rate
86.7
Nose
86
Initial taste
86
Body
86
Finish
89
Price
86
Presentation
87
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Review note
10 Jun 2018 10:05 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84
Nose
84
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
83
Price
83
Presentation
83
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Tasting note
10 Jun 2018 10:34 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 84 points
Color
White wine
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

Comments

You need to love seafood

P.A.O.K.you_are
Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Review note
03 Jun 2018 2:35 am
P.A.O.K.you_are gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.8
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
87
Presentation
85
mema82
Expert Senior mema82 Review note
21 Apr 2018 2:29 am
mema82 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.3
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
86
Price
88
Presentation
87

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