Etikettarkiv: Kilkerran 8 Review

Kilkerran 8 YO Cask Strength (2018)

ABV: 56.5 %
Origin: Campbeltown
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a thick vanilla and honey sweetness. Underneath, a young and vibrant distillate peaks through with a very noticable peatiness. When it settles there’s a mix of rye bread, malt and sweet liquorice added to the mix. In the background there’s a lemon note and a gritty complexity with hints of rubber and motor oil. It takes a while for a fruitiness to show up, and when it does, it has a mild and sweet apple character with a hint of tropical fruits. There’s a fresh menthol layer hovering above everything else. This is a great nose overall with a nice balance between the different components.

Mouth: It starts out with a lemon note in the back and a big vanilla sweetness in the center. It has a nice spicyness and it’s a powerful impact from the get-go, but it’s not attacking the palate. In the background it feels dirty and interesting and the gritty note from the nose carries over. The peatiness is coating the palate together with a fresh oakiness. After a few seconds the lemon note merges with the oakiness and creates a tropical fruitiness in the background. The vanilla sweetness evolves and sweet liquorice and honey are added to the mix.

Finish: The fresh lemon and tropical fruitiness surge through the transition and becomes the main attraction for a few seconds. The outside now consists of a chili spicyness, a mineral rich peat and a fresh oakiness. The oakiness moves inwards, slowly taking over the center part. The sweetness disappears and soon it’s just a fresh oakiness with coconut and sawdust mixed with the tropical fruits in the center, while the peat and spicyness stays at the edges of the palate. This is a great whisky. It’s the opposite of discreet and refined; It’s young, rowdy and it was aged in very active casks.

Additional information
The Kilkerran is made by the Glengyle distillery. This was aged in ex-Bourbon barrels. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Kilkerran 8 YO Cask Strength (2019)

ABV: 57.1 %
Origin: Campbeltown
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and dirty. At first it’s just a thick layer of dark fruits and high ABV. When it settles a gritty background noise of oil, rubber and soot reveals itself and creates a nice complexity. The dark fruits, overripe plums, blueberries and raisins, are joined by vanilla and black liquorice. The high ABV turns into a pleasant menthol cloud with time in the glass. There’s also an oakiness floating around outside of the core. This is a wonderful nose which offers more the longer it’s explored.

Mouth: It starts out with a heavy dose of black liquorice and liqeuer-soaked raisins. The ABV then hits the mouth hard as the base flavour changes to vanilla and the oily, sooty rubber notes. When it settles a slightly fresher fruitiness ends up on top, but it still consists of dark fruits. There’s a complex correlation between all the parts and it creates a fantasticly rich experience.

Finish: Once again the ABV makes its presence known. After it once again settles, the sherry notes completely takes over and everything else takes a step back. After a few seconds the soot and rubber starts to grow and brings the oakiness along. It’s slightly astringent and there’s a slight hint of tropical fruits connected to the oakiness. There’s also a black coffee bitterness and some hazelnuts showing up in the late finish. The entire finish is kept together by a black liquorice ceiling. This is absolutely amazing from start to finish.

Additional information
The Kilkerran is made by the Glengyle distillery. This was released in november 2019 and this is aged in re-charred ex-Oloroso casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.