Nose: Vanilla, beeswax soap bars and Asian pear slices. Touch of peat, wet sand and pebbles. After adding water: Sweet pastry shelves in a bakery, lime juice and crumbly pie crust. Rock salt and candied berries.
Palate: Oatmeal cookies, crunchy dry malt and breakfast cereals. Vanilla pastry cream, aquavit and linden tea. Handling water quite well... Pomelo, rosemary leaves and salt. Light smoke more like burning lumber or burning straw bales. Ground coriander...
Finish: Long with white pepper, ground ginger and brine.
Overall: I believe this is the second triple distilled Kilkerran I ever tasted.. If I am not mistaken the first one was in Campbeltown Malts Festival in 2017. I actually remember seeing some other casks in the warehouses marked as "triple distilled" as well. So, it is quite obvious that they experimented with triple distillation for more than a couple times but in the end we didn't see anything more than a few special releases (yet)... The cask influence is minimal, it is very distillate forward and in spite of its age it still noses and tastes pretty young. I would expect this whisky being bottled by Cadenhead's to be honest... It suits somehow more to their style. Thanks again to Ian Sunderland for the sample. We will continue the triple distilled theme with the 18yo Hazelburn in the next post..!