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Kilkerran Work in Progress 7 Bourbon


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

22nd Sep 2016


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The series Work In Progress is about to finish, is it not? I think it is about time the Glengyle distillery reveals a standard bottling. But in the meantime we will have to work with this WIP 7, that matured on bourbon casks and was bottled at cask strength. We are rid of the terrible pink label, only to be offered up this pale green monstrosity. Oh, well, I suppose the important thing is the Kilkerran that is inside.

Big mineral nose on clay, gravel, beach sand and breakfast cereals. Oatmeal. A bit of vanilla, mint and a single slice of lime. Well, this is special, but absolutely stunning.

Mouth coating, clean and waxy! On the palate I do get a lot of lime and white pepper, but the taste is like me licking it of a slate. There is a hint of exotic fruit – albeit quite discrete – lake papaya and agrums. The sweet peat rears its head midpalate, leading to a soft but nice smokiness.

Wonderfully long finish on greasy coals, vanilla and citrus fruit.

The first WIP at cask strength and it will be long remembered. What a whisky! Seems old school, but is simply stunning. Ridiculously good spirit.

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Ol_Jas commented

Yep, the first AND LAST cask strength WIP.

And this was indeed the last of the whole run (the best too, by consensus). The 12 came out earlier this year.

3 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

@OlJas: Indeed, the 12 just hit the shelves in my neck of the wood. Have tried it last week (my notes are older) and it is bang for your buck.

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McTeague commented

I am just drinking this now, and your tasting notes are spot on and very good at perceiving the less subtle notes as well. How does it compare to the 12?

3 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

It's a bit different as the 12 is a mix of bourbon and sherry casks, but it has that same old school quality and is truly worth seeking out!

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