Landed in Australia January 2017 - the long awaited and heavily anticipated 12-year-old from the Campbeltown Glengyle/Kilkerran distillery.
Having nabbed a few bottles late last year, this expression was one of the top five drams our whisky buyer and educator tasted last year, and was certainly the best value of the lot.
The smoothest Kilkerran to date, it still has all the subdued smoke and earthy gravel amongst lavender and thyme, and light fruit.
Here's what we had to say about the distillery a little while ago. We've since welcomed the 12 with open arms as well.
Serge from WhiskyFun.com's tasting notes:
Nose: Pristine lemony/chalky/sooty start, then rather broken branches and a touch of liquorice wood, as well as hints of bandages and tiger balm. Perhaps barbecued herbs, perhaps thyme and rosemary? I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem to find anything bad to say about this nose.
Palate: Impeccably old-style, sooty, rather peaty, peppery, lemony, and really very salty. It is totally distillate-forward, which is always something we enjoy at WF Towers. I find thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something Ã¢â‚¬Ëœold SpringbankÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to this baby that goes straight into my personal pantheon of readily available large-batch malts.
Finish: Long, with perhaps a few more notes of bonbons, but the salty tang and the lingering peppery peat still play first fiddles.
Comments: Ah, yes, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got something bad to say, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a shame that this was to be expected, and that consequently, no good surprises could occur. I may write a letterÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ 90 points.
Official Tasting Notes:Ã‚Â
Nose:Ã‚Â Oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows and dried fruit pudding, as well as cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat
Palate:Ã‚Â Initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel, after this: vanilla, butterscotch,
honeycomb and digestive biscuits can all be tasted and enjoyed
Finish:Ã‚Â Velvet and smooth with lemon meringue, to conclude, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an oiliness and a saltiness that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d expect from a Campbeltown dram.
- Single Malt