Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
70% Bourbon / 30% Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
25 May 2017 9:46 am by Longbowsky

Average value

€ 39.70

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Whisky Reviews for Kilkerran 12-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.36 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    One of the best entry-level standard bottlings on the market. It's considerably less oily than the version from 2016 (bottle code 16/326). It's much fresher and cleaner, and probably more accessible.
    • Nose
      Pineapple, soft peat, apple and shortbread.
    • Taste
      Pineapple, peat, shortbread, ginger, citrus and spice.
    • Finish
      Pineapple, peat, dark chocolate

  2. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    NOSE: Deep malt notes, barley juice, floral-citrusy perfume, rosehip, summer honey, lemon cake, green grapes. (89p) A few drops of water brings out a lot more sweet barley juice on the nose as well as some barnyard funk and cucumber. (90p)
    TASTE: The arrival is salty, dry and mineral. On the mild palate there is quite a lot of barley; barley juice, smoked barley, a hint of very dry bacon (87-88p) A few drops of water makes the whisky oilier and sweeter. (89-90p)
    FINISH: Dry, mineral, a bit austere. (87p) With a few drops of water; oilier and less dry. Grassy. (88-89p)
    OVERALL: Very similar to the Springbank 10 YO. Not a beginner’s malt.
    TOTAL SCORE (89) 90 points.

  3. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Kilkerran 12 YO, 46.0 % Vol. (Bottled 20.04.2017, Lot 17/188. 70% Bourbon, 30% Sherry Casks), tasted 15.10.2019:
    NOSE: Sweet malt and lovely bourbon cask notes. Light peat/smoke, honey, rich oily notes, dried yellow/lighter fruits, hint of vanilla. Water adds marzipan and sweet almonds. (89p)
    TASTE: The arrival is viscous and soft, with an almost creamy mouthfeel. On the mid palate there is some (but not very much) black pepper (wood tannins), more creaminess and some yellow dried fruits. Water makes it fruitier and reduces the black pepper. (87p, with water 88p)
    FINISH: The finish is slightly peppery and slightly sweet, with dried banana, black pepper, hints of light treacle and dried citrus peel. Medium long. (85p)
    OVERALL: An oily and bourbon cask dominated whisky, with a lovely nose, an oily/creamy body but a less impressive exit. TOTAL SCORE: 87 points.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram at the Kilkerran masterclass tasting during the Campbeltown Whisky Festival.  It is the second batch of 12 year old Kilkerran and compared to the first batch it is a little more woodier and less sweet.  I scored it two points lower than the first batch, but nevertheless it is a superb whisky...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Citrus, creme brulee, maritime, dried fruit, oak and some smoke

    Honey, oak flavor, oily, light fruits (peach, apple), ginger spice, vanile, malt, salted chocolate •

    medium length, oak, honey sweetness and a pinch of salt
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very reminiscent of some older Springbank I've had.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. gerrit.plasman scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Less peated than Ardmore (12 yr portwood), but close to that. Very vague the "dirty" Springbank scent and a little bit of that taste, but flatter. There is also a nice sweet and a little drop. Red fruit, coffee, a little bitter, a little bit of iodine back. Does not have the easy thing about Highland Park (12 yr), is in that direction.

  8. oelare scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    This is a superb price/quality whisky. Nice fruit, multi layered, orange, butterscotch, nuts and delicat wood.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior


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