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Kilkerran Work in Progress 5 Sherry Cask

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@VolksReview by @Volks

28th Mar 2014

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Kilkerran (formerly known as Glen Gyle) was founded in 2004 (thanks to funding from Springbank) after it had been closed since 1925. This work in progress malt was matured in a Sherry cask for 9 years

  • Nose: vanilla is the first prominent note, definite earthiness, yeast, tar, sea salt, some sand and sour apple. With water has that Jura note, tequila/bread dough thing, nose a Jura and you will know. Some more vanilla as well.

  • Pallet: it’s juicy with oranges, spices, liquorice also a mineral element with tar and earthiness continuing from the nose. With water some yoghurt and more mineral notes.

  • Finish: a short finish for me, with some salt, and some pepper, it is refreshing. With water yoghurt notes continues and a petrol type aftertaste

  • Mark neat – 7.7, with water 7.9

its a really interesting malt but it isnt quite finished yet,its still a bit too nippy and the finish doesnt have the impact of the nose or the pallet. Right idea but its still a bit early. Not bad

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8 comments

Rigmorole commented

Have you tasted the bourbon cask, Volks? Serge rated that one a 91 and heaped lavish praise upon it in his No Awards last December.

Here's the link: whiskyfun.com/2013/….

And whiskybase: whiskybase.com/whisky/42683/…. I have a bottle of this one but I have yet to open it. Never tasted it either. . . .

@volks: I like your reviews and trust your point of view, by the way. Usu. I'm within a point of your scores in terms of my own taste.

I suspect the bourbon wood is good, but not a 91. Maybe an 89 or something like that. Just a guess. Serge's taste tends to gravitate towards whiskies that remind him of very old expensive bottles. He has tasted some very old and very expensive bottles in his day and they have influenced his palate. He likes whiskies that tasted like they were bottled decades and decades ago. I find his eccentricities to be quite interesting and in many ways his taste is incomparable. Many reviewers forget that there are bottles with quite "young" whisky inside that were bottled fifty years ago. A seven year from 1962, etc. etc. I think the WIP bourbon wood may be like that. . . .

7 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Volks
Volks commented

@rigmorole Lovely to hear from you! I havent tried the sherry no but both of these whiskies have been praised very highly as far as i know. I think Jim murray gave this one lofty credentials as well. I think for me im really discovering old whisky at the moment and enjoying those flavours more than young'ns which im finding a bit harsh at times. But i think by 12 years this'll be pretty special. Im sure you will enjoy your investment. And depending on how long you bottle lasts it would be fascinating to taste along side a 12 year old

7 years ago 0

@Onibubba
Onibubba commented

I'm about 1/2 way through a bottle of the WIP Bourbon Wood. I'd confirm @rigmorole's assumption, that while good, it is not that good. It still has a ghost of "new make" lingering about. As a positive, I suppose that really allows you to explore the spirit as opposed to the influence of the barrel, but I am beginning to suspect that, outside of peated Islays, I prefer the barrel's influence whisky - to the tune of about 18 years it would seem. These younger ones, Laddie 10 as well, just don't do it for me. I'd probably score the WIP Bourbon Wood somewhere in the low to mid 80's, depending on my mood. Good enough that I will buy next year's WIP, but not good enough to buy another bottle of this year's. Hopefully the sherried version will come around with some time. Maybe it could find its place in a tasting lineup - sometimes a whisky needs a good comparison to find its place.

7 years ago 0

@Volks
Volks commented

@Onibubba wise words. I think in another 2 or 3 years this whisky will be something to re-buy

7 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

@Onibubba, very interesting and informative comments. Well said.

7 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I have to wonder if there is batch variance in the bourbon wood. Serge at Whisky Fun loved his bottle so very much. Based upon hearsay, it seems that either some folks really have different strokes on this one, or there is some fairly significant batch variance . . . or, gods forbid, Serge got his hands on a special bottle that (unbeknownst to him) was far better than average for the bourbon wood WIP 5. Who knows? I have an unopened bottle and I'm wondering when to try it. There have been worse conundrums to ponder ;)

7 years ago 0

@Onibubba
Onibubba commented

@rigmorole, my guess is that there is not much batch variation in this one, or in the sherry version for that matter. It is just that it is a younger un-peated malt that allows you to really get at the malt. That's either your thing, or it isn't.

I suspect that I would have a similar reaction to one of the Bruichladdich Bere barley releases - Those who like them are mad for the taste. I don't think I would care for it though.

I do not regret the bottle, and I will buy next year's release as I am now intrigued by the thought of following the progression of this to a 12 year whisky! I will be sure to save a sample of this one for comparison.

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Volks commented

@Onibubba a parallel tasting would be most engaging!

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