Kilkerran Cask Strength 8yo (55.7%): Today I have the second release of Kilkerran cask strength on my desk. You can find the review of the first batch from October 2017 by clicking here. Like the first one second batch is also matured exclusively in ex-bourbon casks but this time bottled at 55.7% abv.
Color: Sauvignon Blanc, bright gold straw with very slow and persistent legs. It certainly looks, thick, creamy and oily...
Nose: Spirity first... Lots of yellow citrus and very faint sweet peat. Lemon zest, lemon chiffon cake and frosting. A few drops of water sweetens it more and opens it up: Cream soda, clementine peel and vanilla pound cake.
Palate: A little hot at this abv... Ash, orange soda and rock salt. Crystallized ginger and lemon juice. Water works miracles: Soft ginger lemon cookies, crushed red pepper and green wood. Green tea, banana peppers and mold. It has a dairy quality: Philadelphia cream cheese and rice pudding.
Finish: Long with ginger, white pepper, cream and cookie dough.
Overall: I said this before many times but if I owned a distillery I would want it to produce a spirit exactly like this... It is savory, green and doughy. A touch of peat, tons of citrus and green and red peppers. It gives you an amazing base spirit when matured in quality ex-bourbon casks you can do all kind of finishes and blends with after. And on top of everything their first heavily peated whisky is about to hit the shelves as well as we speak to start their "Peat in Progress" series. I think we are about to be spoiled within five years with all kind of special releases and single cask bottlings they will come up with. At the end I believe I liked this batch just a hair better than the first one. Definitely my kinda whisky...