Kilkerran 12 Year Old Whisky 2021 Release 46%
A cracking 12 year old Kilkerran from the Glengyle distillery that was brought back to life in 2004. Lightly peated and bottled at a 46% this 2021 whisky release was matured in both bourbon and sherry casks. Kilkerran is derived from the 'Gaelic Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain’ which is the name of the original settlement where Saint Kieran had his religious cell and Campbeltown now stands.
|Country||Scotland||Age||12 Years Old|
|Cask Description||Bourbon & Sherry||ABV||46%|
|Year Distilled||Shipping Weight||2 Kg|
|Year Bottled||2021||Description||Limited Edition Distillery Release|
Kilkerran is the name of whisky produced at the Glengyle distillery situated in the town of Cambletown on the stunning Kintyre Peninsula, West Scotland. Killerran is a derivative of the name ’Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain’ in Gaelic which was the early settlement where Campbeltown is now situated. It was the same site where Saint Kieran had his religious cell. The Glengyle name is already used for vatted malt elsewhere so the decision was taken to call the whisky brand Kilkerran.
The distillery is owned by Mitchell's Glengyle Ltd and is one of only three distilleries that make up the Cambeltown whisky region. Glengyle was closed in 1925 and in 2000 the distillery was acquired by the owners of the neighbouring Springbank distillery. It was rebuilt and the first distillation took place in 2004.
Glengyle and Springbank have close links as they share the same operations employees. The style of whisky produced is slightly smoky having fruity, honey and butterscotch characteristics. The whisky is predominately aged in a marriage of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. In 2007 a limited release 3 year old was available there after, annually from 2009 to 2015 inclusive Kilkerran ‘Work in progress’ was released. The initial core 12 year old became available in 2016. There is now also a very heavily peated Kilkerran which takes up only a small part of the main production.
Kilkerran 12 Year Old 2021 Release 46%
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows, dried fruit pudding, and cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat.
Palate: Initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel, after this: vanilla, butterscotch, honeycomb and digestive biscuits can all be tasted and enjoyed.
Finish: Velvet and smooth with lemon meringue, there’s an oiliness and a saltiness that you’d expect from a Campbeltown dram.
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