Glengyle distillery released this Kilkerran 15 Years single cask in September 2019. It was distilled in 2004, filled into a bourbon puncheon and re-racked in a refill bourbon hogshead for the last five years of maturation.
Kilkerran 15 yo 2004 ‘Single Cask’
(53,1%, OB 2019, refill bourbon hogshead, 324 btl.)
Nose: very mineral. Metallic notes, gentle whiffs of smoke, also sweet citrus, unripe peach and candle wax. Juicy yellow berries, salted almonds and wet gravel. Hints of chamomile.
Mouth: slightly bittersweet with plenty of coastal, salty notes. Shortbread, white pepper, earthy notes and cereals. Grapefruit peels, balanced by more syrupy citrus notes. Linseed oil. Wet stones and some medicinal touches. Subtle caramel towards the end. Quite a rollercoaster.
Finish: long, still plenty of medicinal notes, coastal hints and herbal tea.
Yes, great whisky with a certain industrial je-ne-sais-quoi, the Mitchell character, let’s say. This was a UK exclusive and all bottles are gone, as far as I can tell.