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Kilkerran 8 Years (Sherry cask / Port cask)

With the arrival of the brand new Springbank releases (Native Barley 2022 amongst others) additionally comes a brand new set of whiskies from Kilkerran distillery.

This 12 months the Kilkerran 8 Yr Outdated Cask Power launch is getting two sibling model, one Sherry Cask Matured and one Port Cask Matured. This must be attention-grabbing.


Kilkerran 8 yo Cask Power – Sherry Cask Matured (58,1%, OB 2022)

Nostril: a very nice, juicy sherry character. Plenty of redcurrants and bitter cherry sweet. Behind this I discover the anticipated dusty notes, leather-based, espresso and walnuts, in addition to mentholated hints. Charred oak. Loads of tobacco leaves, nice hints of humid cellars in Jerez. Clear and easily actually good.

Mouth: a deeply earthy and smoky aspect now, which mixes properly with the tobacco flavours and muddy / foresty notes. Syrupy cherries, drops of cough syrup, cocoa and liquorice. Refined farmy notes. Darkish chocolate mousse with salt flakes (nice combo). All in all, a very good mixture of darkness and brightness. Some burnt wooden and nonetheless a whiff of rubber maybe, however I discover this cleaner and extra pleasurable than final 12 months’s Kilkerran 8 Years Oloroso model.

End: lengthy, smoky, with extra liquorice and char.

A extremely good sherry cask model of Kilkerran. This whisky is rarely solely clear, however with this type of sherry affect you get a compelling mixture of Jerez aroma and peaty character. Seize it in case you have an opportunity.


Kilkerran 8 yo Cask Power – Port Cask Matured (57,9%, OB 2022)

Kilkerran 8 Years Port Cask (2022)Nostril: much more winey and funky, which implies strawberry jams and morello cherries, but additionally flinty notes, damp leaves, engine oil and wee soiled notes. Loads of soy sauce, even just a few drops of pungent fish sauce and balsamic vinegar. Outdated leather-based. Then hints of peanuts, earthy smoke and occasional. Some herbs within the background.

Mouth: much more smoky than the sherry model, with extra funky and farmy notes. Plenty of cooked fruits, Cherry Heering, raisins and chocolate, but additionally meaty notes, all-spice and capsicum. Large caramel and treacle. Lastly some espresso and wine tannins too.

End: lengthy, spicy and winey, with chocolate and nutmeg.

Attention-grabbing mixture of savoury and candy notes, with an enormous dose of Kilkerran funk and a grimy edge. Not dangerous, however not a mode that I’m keen on. On this direct comparability the sherry outclasses it in my humble opinion. Rating: 82/100


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