Kilkerran 8 Cask Strength

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A while back Glengyle Distillery (read: Springbank) released the long awaited Kilkerran 12 which received quite a lot of praise, from myself included, hacing purchased a bottle. Now they’ve gone and released a young, cask strength version, along with an oloroso matured Hazelburn (which will be reviewed shortly, hard to keep up the pace as summer has just hit and even at night we’re dealing with temperatures of close to 30C).

Aged 8 years. 56.2% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.

Nose: Gritty vanilla cream pie. Slight gunpowdery note to it. Lemon oil. Herbal honey, but more herbal. Fennel. Sage. Quite a dominant chemical smoke note. Nail varnish. Carbolic soap.

Palate: Creamy vanilla and a good kick of dirty, dusty notes. Quite dry with a very oily mouthfeel. Motor oil to be specific. Dried citrus peel. Dry grass left in the sun. More herbal honey, slightly more emphasis on the honey than the herbal now. Lingering woodspice and artificial cinnamon flavouring on the swallow.

Finish: Long. Artificial cinnamon and woodspice carries through along with some chemical smoke, honey and fennel. Liquorice pastilles. Slight coppery aftertaste.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 4/5

There was a lot of that Springbank (this one was very Springbanky) funk to this one, lots of chemical notes, lots of oil, lots of herbs. If you’re a fan of that kind of thing like I am, then this will be right up your alley. Really big, bold dram.

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