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March 31, 2020



The Confined Sessions
Little duos, today Kilkerran

Upon readers request! This from Glengyle Distillery. We’ll have one official and one quasi-official, let’s see which wins today’s little trophy…

Kilkerran 8 yo ‘Cask Strength’ (56.5%, OB, bourbon, 2018)

Kilkerran 8 yo ‘Cask Strength’ (56.5%, OB, bourbon, 2018) Four stars
I agree I’ve been a little slow with this one, but I feel no shame. Now I remember I had adored the 2017. Colour: white wine. Nose: could you smoke kiwis ad rhubarb? Then roll them in chalk and soot, sprinkle some mercurochrome and mouthwash over them, and keep them for a few days in a cave on a Scottish beach? (Whisky Galore style). With water: the usual old tweed jacket, some chives, rainwater, porridge, dust, saltpetre, fresh bread… Mouth (neat): rather massive, a tad varnishy at first, then rather bitter (herbs) and full of grapefruits. I find it a little difficult at this point – perhaps a tad young, but could be me, let’s see what water will do to it… With water: it’s the salt that comes out, a feeling of mezcal, more chalkiness, and certainly much less varnish. Water does it much good. Finish: long, on chalk and grapefruits. A Margarita-y aftertaste. Comments: perhaps less ‘immediate’ and ‘obvious’ than earlier offerings. I promise I will try to taste the 2019s before 2021, if I can!
SGP:462 - 87 points.

Kilkerran 12 yo 2007/2020 (57.8%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, refill sherry hogshead, 330 bottles)

Kilkerran 12 yo 2007/2020 (57.8%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, refill sherry hogshead, 330 bottles) Five stars
This one’s brand new, it was bottled last month. Let us beware of bottle shock! Colour: light gold. Nose: many similarities and a few differences, the main ones being that this would be rounder, better coated, less harsh, and, well just terrific at first nosing. I’m even finding something Ardbeggian in there. Other than that, mocha, butterscotch, parsley, fresh coriander, a drop of Thai coconut sauce, miso… Frankly, this is superb, great that they did let Cadenhead have this one – not sure some arms had to be twisted, having said that. With water: love. Crushed chalk and orange skins. Mouth (neat): oh, what a cracker! Amazing punchy and fat malt, sitting right between Longrow and… Ben Nevis, would I say. Superb waxes, dry grasses, salty things, costal stuff, citrus, resins, grapefruits, cough syrup… My my my! With water: swims like an Olympic champion. Finish: long, immaculate, doughy and chalky, then lemony and salty towards the aftertaste. Impeccable. Comments: fabulous whisky, exactly not unnecessarily engineered or ‘innovative’. But remember, do flowers innovate when they open in the morning?
SGP:463 - 92 points.

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