Before I start talking about this whisky, let me share my big news, because why not. After dating for six years, Jim and I got engaged this past weekend and we couldn’t be happier. WOOHOOO!!!!! Aside from being my partner in life, he is also the one person I enjoy drinking a dram of whisky with the most. Cheers to the next chapter in our lives!
All right, I’m done with the mushy feeling stuff, on to the whisky.
We recently stumbled across a whisky we had not heard about, Kilkerran 12-Year produced by the Glengyle Distillery. What’s interesting about this distillery is that it’s not entirely a new distillery but an old new distillery. If that doesn’t make sense let me explain, William Mitchell originally founded the Glengyle Distillery in 1872.
Mitchell founded the distillery after getting into a feud with his brother, apparently over sheep. When you’re a farmer things like this can happen. This quarrel was big enough that he left the family business which, just happened to be the Springbank Distillery.
Unfortunately the distillery suffered during the economic downturn of the 20th century. Although a couple attempts were made to bring it back it took 75 years and the great-great nephew of William Mitchell to help bring this distillery back to life.
After finally re-opening in 2004, the Kilkerran 12-Year became the first core release single malt from this distillery. It been matured in a combination of 70% bourbon casks and 30% Sherry casks.
Nose: oak, cherries and peat
Palate: fruity, vanilla, butterscotch, honey and peat
Finish: creamy, citrus, salt and pear
I was very impressed with this whisky. Having not heard of this distillery before I wasn’t expecting much when I went into it but wow, what an amazingly wonderful surprise. This whisky is creamy, almost velvet like. It’s lightly sweet, with notes of fruit and peat. The peat is on the lighter side and it’s not too overwhelming.
We enjoy this whisky so much that we purchased a bottle for ourselves. It is a whisky that is definitely worth adding to your collection. If you get a chance to try I would highly recommend you do, this whisky will not disappoint it was a great find for us.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.