Kilkerran Work in Progress #7 Sherry Wood
Peated Single Malt
Kilkerran // Campeltown, Scotland
TelexTastedGlengyle rocks it, man. I thought the 12 was absolutely a must have, and this should be right along side of it. The nose is sherry forward, balanced with the wood. Cherries, fresh cut lawn, and more floral properties with a couple drops of water. The palate is great with a heavy mouth coat of oil, cinnamon, spices, caramel and dark fruit. The finish is good too! Thankfully not a dry one, and brings out a woody toffee flavor met with even more spice and sugar. 4.0. Excellent dram and the theme should be "Sherry" by the Four Seasons.
Scott_ETastedAnother sample to try from our SDT tour provided by one of the originators, Ryan (I am so far behind in my samples). The Kilkerran 12 was just fantastic. Now, I am curious about it's roots, given this Work In Progress and opportunity to taste for myself. Sherry is recognizable immediately on the nose, but not over the top. Dark fruits: figs, dates, raisins. A touch of dried apricots and black cherries are also in the mix. A very fruity nose. Then add in a toffee and caramel sticky sweetness with a mineral earthiness bring the nose all together. No one aroma overpowering the others. A great nose. Take a sip and brown sugar sweetness arrives encasing vanilla and black pepper. A walnut and almond nuttiness with bitter chocolate come through as well in the medium bodied liquid. As time progress during the (soaking it all in) sipping, the sweetness too increases. Gets better in time and patience. A slightly spicy finish of cinnamon, Sriracha, oak and orange bitters with a touch of white pepper coming through on the final fade. More of a flavorful spiciness than that of a Ghost Pepper hot kind-of spice. For a work in progress, it's better than most finally progressed whiskies. The sweetness, spiciness is nicely balanced. Warming through and through. A good sipper on a cold night. Care and quality are discernible and, skipping forward, the producers have produced a great 12 year old through the learning and understanding of what works. [88/100][Tasted: 12/18/17]
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