Kilkerran Work In Progress Batch 2
Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
46% ABV, £45 for 70cl
What they say:
Released in 2010. 18 000 bottles available worldwide.
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
What I say:
Dram #4 from WOLS tasting 14/3 ‘Age is only a number’ is the Kilkerran WIP Batch2, produced in 2010 from a distillery that really only started producing again in 2004 – meaning that this spirit could only possibly be 6 years old at the most!
Malty, peaty, spicy, oak wood and heather honey
Malty, bourbon, estery, peaty, cereal barley malt, latte, hay, honey
Medium/long, smoky peat and linseed oil
Better than I was expecting, my last experience of Kilkerran was the WIP5 at the 2013 Glasgow Whisky Festival at which it stood out as young and harsh – but possibly due to unfair comparison with some really very old and beautifully constructed whiskies around it. This was actually quite refreshingly bourbon-matured in character after a couple of reasonably older, more sherried drams.