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Kilkerran is the single malt brought to market by the Glengyle distillery on Campbeltown (as the Glengyle name is already used by a company that offers a Highland blend). Their series Work in Progress already has a 10 Year Old, both on bourbon and sherry casks. I will try the previous edition on sherry, released in 2013. So this is 9 years old.
The nose is dark and sweet with a dirty edge. Think strawberries and watermelon, but also roasted nuts and raspberries. Liquorice and cinnamon. But also loads of earthy notes. That makes it dirty in my book. Anyway, this is a very good nose indeed.
It is oily on the palate. Good mouthfeel. Rhubarb and nuts, but also chocolate and tobacco. With a clear hint of peat. Midpalate it turns almost exotic. Think mango and papaya. More peat than expected. Hint of espresso. Very good.
The finish is quite smoky and long on espresso.
Surprisingly complex whisky for such a young age and better than the 10 Year Old, in my opinion. Between 40 and 50 EUR, which is very fair.