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Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength
Nose: The peat aroma from the lightly peated barley is apparent from the off and some of the green apples which are becoming a feature of Kilkerran are also present. This whisky is like a favourite dessert, rhubarb crumble, stewed rhubarb, vanilla and all butter shortbread.
Palate: There’s an earthiness and saltiness, exactly what you want to taste in a Campbeltown dram. This is combined with icing sugar and puff candy which gives a sweetness to the whisky, along with milk chocolate and walnut flavours.
Finish: The peat remains, along with a sootiness, pencil shavings and a liquorice influenced maltiness.
Nose: oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows and dried fruit pudding, as well as cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat
Palate: initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel, after this: vanilla, butterscotch,
honeycomb and digestive biscuits can all be tasted and enjoyed
Finish: velvet and smooth with lemon meringue, to conclude, there’s an oiliness and a saltiness that you’d expect from a Campbeltown dram
Kilkerran Heavily Peated
Nose: Opens up to reveal citrus notes, vanilla cheesecake, rhubarb and custard sweets with delicate peat smoke.
Palate: Freshly baked Bramley apple pie and sweet salted caramel. The peat is prolific yet well integrated. A fresh coastal influence evokes memories of a blustery, busy, sea sprayed harbour.
Finish: Long and creamy. Notes of toasted oak and pencil shavings give way to a lasting sweet, fruity peat smoke.
Kilkerran Work In Progress 7 Sherry Matured
Nose: Toasted pink marshmallows spinning around fresh rhubarb and green apples. Toffee and treacle adds to the sweetness but an earthy note keeps this whisky well balanced and not overpoweringly sweet.
Palate: Heather honey and digestive biscuits. Creamy milk chocolate, black cherries mix with oak and wood spice. A truly complex and interesting dram.
Finish: Dry nutty finish with some gentle peat lingering along with some further oak notes.
Kilkerran Work In Progress 7 Bourbon Matured
Nose: Green apples mixed with marzipan, hot baked vanilla buns. Gentle smoke and fruit notes. After 15 mins, smell madagascan vanilla pod seeds in warm full fat milk.
Palate: Puff of smoke mixed with tangy apple, elegant & mature, very well rounded.
Finish: Long, smooth, luxurious.
Kilkerran Work in Progress 6 Sherry Matured
Nose: Bold and Beautiful. Clear, but subtle, European red oak notes, a real sherry matured star.
Palate: The sherry notes goes deeper on the palate. Dark chocolate, dates, prunes, hard toffee, molasses and gingerbread syrup. Honey-BBQ coated ribs without any of the smoke.
Finish: This Whisky holds a great poise, almost ballerina like. There is a true harmonious balance between all the components in this dram. It has a seamless, resonant finish, echoing in a deep, loving, sherry tone.
Kilkerran Work In Progress 6 Bourbon Matured
Nose: Inviting and homely straight away. Ripe green apples, herbal sweetness and rich in sugar glazed apricots.
Palate: Its nuts! Rich oily walnuts, continuing the wholesome notes from the nose. More a work in perfection than work in progress, with a great, delicate balance between the sweeter fruit notes and lively spices. It is unmistakably Campbeltown, so comforting and rich. It gets sweeter and stickier with a touch of water.
Finish: This dram is not for the impatient! Treat it like a cryptic crossword, give it time and enjoy this fabulous Campbeltown spirit.
Kilkerran Work In Progress 5 Sherry Matured
Nose: Who’s chocolate orange is this? Dark chocolate, marzipan, honey covered dates and strawberries build up to a very rich and sweet ginger preserve. A very complex nose that doesn’t stop developing in the glass.
Palate: The honey covered dates return on the palate mixed with sultanas and black treacle fudge. This dram is as wholesome and tasty as a warm, toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel with real butter melting on top.
Finish: Medium, well balanced and round finish, presence of dark chocolate but surprisingly no evidence of peat.
Kilkerran Work In Progress 5 Bourbon Matured
Nose: This is evidently a Campbeltown dram. The waxy, lightly smoky nose with hints of leather gives away the origin of this dram. Rich and creamy with hints of American cream soda, apricots, dark fruit and linseed.
Palate: Just like previous WIPs the tangy orange and citrus marmalade notes remains. A little bit sweeter than previous WIP releases, with clear presence of apricot jam. There is a great weight of Campbeltown sea air present. Very smooth and fruity.
Finish: Fresh, sweet yet dry finish.
Kilkerran Work In Produce 4
Nose: Home made marmalade. Incredibly rich with copious amounts of oranges, rhubarb and ripe pear amongst the sweetness of brown sugar and honey.
Palate: The tangy and zesty nose continues on to the palate and is enriched with flavours of toffee fudge and cream buns stuffed with vanilla custard and coated with icing sugar. Finger licking good.
Finish: Sweet and spicy, with hints of aniseed and liquorice.
Kilkerran Work In Progress 3
Nose: Spicy buns! Cardamon, cinnamon, heather honey, butter toffee with a slight savory note of toffee popcorn.
Palate: Like a silky smooth melted honey comb chocolate bar. Fruitiness present as crisp and very sweet red apples. Incredibly rich and buttery, like gingerbread cookie dough, yet fresh with hints of clover and freshly cut summers grass.
Finish: Alluring and warm… a great summers evening dram that leaves you licking your lips for more.
Kilkerran Work in Progress 2
Nose: Light and fragrant leading you into the dram gently.
Palate: Refreshing lemon citrus, hints of pear and just a dash of sherbet.
Masses of sweet vanilla immediately take over the taste-buds before the classic Campbeltown salt hits the tongue. Creamy toffee and butterscotch become apparent as the natural oils coat the mouth.
Finish: Light and fresh
Kilkerran Work in Progress 1
Kilkerran Work in Progress 1
Nose: An initial burst of sweetness leads you into a fruity, spicy aroma with a hint of phenols and smoke at the end.
Palate: Cloves, more fruity sweetness. Still a Work in Progress this whisky is already lively, zesty and full of flavour. A classic Campbeltown whisky, Kilkerran reveals a briny, smokey character on the palate. Very creamy and oily.
Finish: The sweetness lasts all the way to the finish as vanilla flavours linger on your tongue
Mitchell’s Glengyle Blend
Nose: Light and sweet, reminiscent of confectionary. With time to breathe develops aromas of marzipan and ripe soft fruits.
Palate: On the palate it is smooth and light with a slight smokiness towards the finish.
Finish: Leaves a nice malty sweetness on the palate. Very drinkable!