Friday, 17 November 2017

Kilkerran 2004 Rum Cask Sample Review [Swiss Army Man]

Hi everyone,

Got a sample here now from Campbeltown’s newest, oldest distillery (as they style it).
No chance of getting a’hold of this as it’s a cask sample to show off what they can do (and boy, does it!)
This particular cask was matured in a Rum barrel for 12 years and then moved into a neutral oak barrel (because oxidation is nine tenths of the law) until this sample was taken (I assume this is still maturing away).

Kilkerran 2004 Rum Cask Sample 60%approx.
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Wonderfully herbal, spice/herb box, thyme, green peppercorns and rosemary. It’s like stepping into a spice cupboard and herb garden all in one.
Taste: Lovely arrival, chalky, sooty, austere, lemon, increasingly dry, some orange peel, then thyme. More Springbank-y on the taste, similar style anyway.
Finish: Long length. Great transition into more herbal territory, thyme and green peppercorns.
Great stuff, can’t wait to try more Kilkerran, especially as it gets a bit older (imagine an 18yo! shivers) I think it’s going to be fantastic stuff.
84/100

Thanks for reading!

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