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Kilkerran 12 Year Old

A different Campbeltow

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@Robert99Review by @Robert99

14th Oct 2017

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  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    88

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This is my first Kilkerran. Usually, I am not a fan of Campbeltown whisky because I often get rotten vegetal notes on the nose and the palate. Let see if it is different.

Yep. It is. This is my third dram from this bottle and the whisky is improving with each pour, opening a little bit more each time. One thing I could say is that it is straight since the first time.

The nose is well defined. Oak, mint, vanilla, cristalized sugar, grapes and lemon peel then come some gentle spices from the sherry, smoke with a hint of peat and also a hint of tarragon.

The palate start with the oak as well, but add a lot of cereals. Lemon comes forward, so is the peat but so well integrated it's a velvety peat. With each sip, it becomes more salty and it adds a bit of white pepper. The tarragon is there but with a wee touch of cardamon.

The finish is also salty and makes you realize that the sherry notes were there all the time in the background to support and to give depth to the more refreshing notes. The peat is recessing so progressively you cannot say when they left and when you start to notice the other low notes. The finish is not spectacular but translate an incredible balance.

A few days ago, my review would have been about a good young whisky, very straight but a bit shy and simple. It has already increase in a tremendous way in complexity and in flavor. It is not a spectacular whisky but it is one with something close to a spectacular balance. It has evolved enough to pass from the low 80' to the high 80'. The best part is that I feel it will still improved.

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14 comments

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

@Robert99 I was wondering if you actually picked up a bottle of this in the end.

Great review, it expresses what is elusive about this whisky. As you said not the most spectacular but extremely well balanced and put together. The tight balance of the cereals, lemon, peat and that slight mineral side.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Glad to see that you like this one, @Robert99! It is slowly but surely becoming one of my favourites, too. And I can see that our ratings are quite similar. Enjoy!

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Très bien écrit!

I'm starting to wonder if I should consider a bottle of this, currently listed at just under $88 but with no inventory. Now that I'm starting to enjoy non-cask strength expressions, and this is still a hefty 46%. If I can't get my hands on any of the Northern border releases I may have buying room for one of these... (with LCBO gift cards, of course).

about one year ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Nozinan, I thought that you were cutting down on buying new bottles. Doesn't really sound like it.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

My goal is to end the year with as many (or fewer) sealed bottles as (or than) I started with. At last count, because of a sharp decrease in purchases this year, and quite a few openings (we opened 3 at our session), as well as some trades or sales at cost, I believe I am 3 lower than I started. If I buy a Lot 40 and open it that's neutral. Same with the Kilkerran.

But in general I am trying to buy less, focusing more on single bottles of something good than lifetime supplies.

about one year ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@cricklewood I was not going to miss that one. For me, it has nothing in common with Springbank, but at the same time the tarragon note is something I usually find in Campbelton whiskies. The big difference is there is no sour note here. To be honest, on my first pour I was remebered of a young Benriach dark rum finish because of the sugar but now, the salty side coming out, it is far from being like a Speysider.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Frost
Frost commented

@Robert99 thank you for the review. This is probably a release that there can't be enough reviews of, with different points of view. Expectations where high and a lot of interest. I rather like this whisky and bought a bottle after trying it at a tasting. I like the mineral aspect, it's different to a lot of what else is out there (outside of Campbeltown)

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Nozinan That's some very creative accounting. I'd like you to do my income tax return this year. wink

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Robert99 I knew this would be a Campbelltown offering you would like. I think you should have another taste of Springbank 10 just to see if you still get that vegetal note that I do not detect. Great review and, for me, a perfect score.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@BlueNote well of course it's also limited by financial considerations. So I'm trying to decrease what I actually spend on liquor, and also slowly drink down the cabinet.

about one year ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Nozinan Yeah, me too, but it's not working that well for me. I just can't resist a good buy if I see one.

about one year ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@BlueNote Join the club... And thanks for the previous comment, I may give another try to Springbank 10.

about one year ago 0

@Mancub
Mancub commented

@Robert99 Thanks for the review, it sounds delicious to me. I look forward to hearing how this one develops, there are so many bottles that just take a little time to truly shine. I'm planning to grab a bottle when it releases here, think I posted it somewhere but will say again for my fellow LCBO goers, October 28th is the planned release.

about one year ago 0

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

@Robert99 , I'm so glad you got yourself a Kilkerran—and that you like it!

about one year ago 0

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