It’s here! Glengyle’s first standard expression. The hotly anticipated Kilkerran 12 year old.
Kilkerran 12yo (46%, OB, c.2016)
The later Work in Progress bottlings were split between bourbon and sherry for a time but we’re told this is a mixture of 70% first fill ex-bourbon casks and 30% sherry casks.
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Heather fried in lemon and salted butter. Substantial floral notes and fresh vanilla pods. Sherry notes are there too with light raisins and toffee. With time fresh apple starts to come through.This is noticeably more complex nose than the Work in Progress bottlings that i just reviewed. With water grapefruit rind and wax appear.
Mouth: A beautiful, clean sweet lemon arrival. Then an ashy peat appears turns up. With water I find sherbert lemons and honeysuckle.
Finish: Long, ashy, but refreshing. It’s like the end of a summer barbecue.
Conclusion: This is a complete whisky. A perfect daily dram. It does everything and is remarkably refined for a 12 year old. An instant classic. 90 points. SHARE
A modern classic that is enriched by a brooding undercurrent, subtle and complex despite its youth, Kilkerran 12yo goes well with Nils Frahm.