Kilkerran NAS ‘Work in Progress’ (46%, OB, 2009) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

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As they said at the Whisky Exchange in London; “A five year-old release from Springbank’s Glengyle distillery, this Kilkerran is the first of a series of planned annual releases over the next few years until the spirit reaches 12 years old.” The nose is mildly floral at first followed by cut grass, heather and some very nice sweetness (fruit cake and gentle toffee). Some intriguing malt and oak aromas. Very nice. Hints of age for a moment and then hints of youth. With water there is a slight change to reveal a richness of aromas; so far so good. Raisins, dried fruit and some wood notes; oak, very mild tobacco and cold tea. The taste is quite a surprise and tastes much older than 5 years old and it’s quite delicious, sweet fruit, oak and malt, honey and vanilla. With water the sample is much sweeter and has some more fruit while at the same time being mildly syrupy. Improves with a little water. Gentle and complicated. A slight hint of smoke? The finish is long and is a mixture of the already described notes with a bitter cocoa moment followed by more malt and oak. After a minute the finish is very much of unsweetened cocoa with a really good moment of dry bitterness. After a few minutes some really good malt arrives……the finish is very long.

A strikingly good dram; some smugness here at having bought two bottles.

£29 at either the

Whisky Exchange http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ 

or

Loch Fyne Whiskies http://www.lfw.co.uk/

Score 85 Points

Visit Kilkerran Distillery at http://kilkerran.com/

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