Review: Kilkerran 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

12 years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glengyle (Campbeltown, Scotland)

The Glengyle distillery, in Campbeltown, is owned by the Mitchell family who also own the very highly regarded Springbank distilery. It was an old distillery that produced whisky from 1872-1925 and was restarted in 2004. They use the malt from Springbank (floor malted) and only operate 3 months of the year! Thus, pretty limited stock - yet still not very expensive, relatively.

Well, anything Springbank-related fixes my interest.

Review (2022)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 12 YR KILCHOMAN 25.06.21 21/116

  • Bottling Date: 2021

Vibrant nose – indeed, reminiscent of the springbank family with the spice, light smokiness, and rich barley. The barley is vibrant and so balanced in this one. The smokiness/earthiness grows as it sits in the glass, indeed, with more and more smoked peat, and a light farminess. Vanilla, dried fruit, and cask notes also drift up as it sits. Balanced on the palate, with milk chocolate, smoke, wet grain, light sweetness, with some raisin and baking spice on the finish. Nice almond, woodsmoke, barley, and

A really nice Scotch – many of the newer bottles of late are in more “generic” categories – this is an expansion of a very nice one – spicy, barley, focused, and slightly smoky. Great stuff.

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average at $90.