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Kilkerran 8 Year Old Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength 2019 Edition

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so expect plenty of those yummy dried fruit, chocolate and festive spices notes alongside the peaty smoke. (Taken from Masters of Malt

Distillery Product Page and tasting notes from Master of Malt (Link above)

Nose: Pow! Cinnamon, smoked ham and sultana, with a touch of apricot and coffee bean mixed up in there too.

Palate: Spicier on the palate, with cinnamon joined by black pepper and stem ginger. Dried fruit notes take their time, but eventually dominate the palate alongside a hint of honey.

Finish: Subtle coffee bitterness and lingering peat.

Review 128 - 15th May 2021

Highly anticipated, the Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength was one of many of this years bottle releases that sold out at lightening speeds.
We aren't going to go into detail about the previous releases as there are plenty of reviews which are already an excellent source for that information, but we will recommend one.

Checkout Brians Malt Musings Post

This review was a head to head comparison with the Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength 56.9% ABV edition released in 2021, our review for that edition is available here.

Both Samples of the Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength 57.1% (2019) and 56.9% were kindly supplied by Tom H in a dram swap. Cheers Tom!

The 2019 edition is wholly matured in Recharred Ex-Oloroso Sherry. Before being bottled at 56.9% ABV, it is Non Chill Filtered (NCF) and Natural Colour.
When it was available it had a retail price of around £47.95 which brings in a value score for this 8 Year Old of 99.01 out 100, which is slightly better than the 2021 value score of 98.76 out of 100.

On the nose, it is very much sherry influence of deep rich alcoholic fruits, there is a touch of smoke from the heated malt. It is dank and musty, like a dunnage warehouse smell, apparently, never been in one, but I get a sense of what it must be like. There are fruits as expected from a sherried whisky, mainly maraschino cherries. The distinct Campbeltown notes of maritime influence and sea spray is there, but not as prominent as maybe a Glen Scotia, perhaps the rich Oloroso maturation has dominated the nose.

On the palate, very similar story to the 2019 version , this is again rich and dark sherried fruits of cherry and prune, but there is more creaminess with honey and vanilla showing. There is dark chocolate and more vegetal notes showing on the palate as opposed to the earthiness which appears of the 2021. The finish is long oak drying bitterness with a lingering dark cherry chocolate.

Verdict, the nose of this the 2019 edition is more impactful and deeper with more dunnage mustiness going on, the higher ABV does give a better overall experience, bizarrely with less alcohol nip. There is very little in it between the two whiskies which are very tasty indeed. The price for these desirable bottles represents excellent value, which adds to the appeal and unfortunately the 'Flipper' nature of how fast these bottles sell out.

For an overall score, this edition gets  out of 100, not quite as high as the Glen Scotia's released for the Campbeltown Festival, but excellent scores nonetheless.

If you were fortunate to get a bottle, please comment below how you find them and how would you score them.



Additional Info

  • Country: Scotland
  • Region: Campbeltown
  • Age Statement: 8 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered: Non Chill Filtered (NCF)
  • Colour Status: Natural Colour
  • ABV: 56.9%
  • Cask Strength: Yes
  • Peated / Smoke: Peated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: Recharred Ex-Oloroso Matured
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Barley
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Advanced
  • Average Price (or RRP): £47.95
  • Value Score: 99.01
  • Our Score: 90
  • Ownership: J & A Mitchell & Co
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Kilkerran
  • Packaging: Tube
  • Category: Single Malt
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