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Kilkerran Work In Progress 5th Release, the Sherry Wood version surely shows its young age. Still, it's nicely sophisticated, when examining the influence of sherry.
First I gave it a much lower score but after a while in the nosing glass and addition of water, it got way better.
Reminded me of the movie Youngblood, where a promising hockey player starts to fight back against all odds. Sherry finish and a young spirit – didn't sound good in my book and didn't start well but Kilkerran WIP 5 Sherry Wood did fight back.
Nose: Very sharp, like wiffing paint chips at first. Sweet sherry with tangy peat and hints of cereal. Woody and rubbery.
Taste: Nutty and sweet at first, then becomes bitter. Dark chocolate and dried fruits. Wee sweet. After one drop of water and some time, the taste gets way better and smoother with nice smoke buried deep.
Finish: Lingering with dry oak and some sweetness.
Balance: Shows its young age especially in the nose. Let it stay in the glass quite a while to get the sharpness away and get some richness. My score got better after a while.