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.
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