Campbeltown

Kilkerran Heavily Peated Batch 4

What they say

Batch Four of Kilkerran’s heavily peated single malt was matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks

Official tasting notes

  • 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.

What I say

Kilkerran’s Heavily Peated or ‘Peat in Progress’ range was launched in 2019 with 2 batches, a further batch was released in 2020 and this expression Batch 4 released 2021. Bottled at 58.6% ABV and constructed from 80% ex-Bourbon and 20% ex-Sherry cask maturation.

  • ABV 58.6%
  • Age NAS
  • Bottler Official
  • Bottling Kilkerran
  • Cask Bourbon & Sherry
  • Category Single malt Scotch whisky
  • Cost £43
  • Origin Springbank Distillery
  • Outturn n/a
  • Region Campbeltown
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undeclared

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Mid amber gold (8/20) medium-large tears and thick legs.
  • Nose Heavy earthy peat, turfy, ashen, still burning, phenol, lemon juice, apple pie, malty sugars and plenty of smoked bacon and bbq meaty aromas.
  • Taste Sugary and syrupy, honey, golden syrup, then peat & black pepper, quite spiced, turfy and fibrous peat, palate thickens, reduced with water more soft brown sugar, treacle toffee, caramel and vanilla creme brulee.
  • Finish Long, sweet honey and smoke, salted nut brittle.
  • Overall Very peaty as expected, I felt this one was much better when reduced with water as lots of flavours were masked or locked away behind the wall of peat smoke.

Score 87/100

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