Tasting: Glengyle Kilkerran WIP 1 2005-2009

Kilkerran WIP Work in progress 1 Dram data:
Distillery: Glengyle
Bottler: Official Bottling
Distilled: 2004
Bottled: 2009
Age: 5 years
Limitation: 9000 bottles
Casks: ex-bourbon & ex-sherry
Alcohol: 46%
unchillfiltered; natural colour
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Tasting notes:
light gold
The nose opens with a light and delicate note of peat smoke – it is distilled from barley malted to Springbank style specifications after all. A very nice mix of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Vanilla, honey, a pronounced note of fudge and milk chocolate, also stewed apples and pears, fully ripe cherries, a few raisins, red gooseberries. The alcohol is really subdued, this is quite mature for its age. The palate complements the nose but this is where the age shows with a shift away from the sweetness and fruits towards more pronounced alcohol. Let’s add a wee drop of water and wait a couple of minutes. That opened up nicely! Vanilla, creamy custard, diluted honey sweetness, light and fragrant peat smoke, brine. Stewed apples, oranges, pears, hints of spices – cinnamon and cloves with a complementing mild oak bitterness . The short to medium long finish goes down very well and mellow upon swallowing leaving a mixture of peat smoke, light sweetness, an herbal bitterness and hints of spices.

With the release of the last bottling in the “Work in progress” series from the Glengyle distillery happening very soon I found it only matching to go back to the year 2009 when the first bottling in the series was released as a five-year-old marriage of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. A very nice dram, not only considering the age. It needs a bit of time and a drop of water and you’ll get a classic, no-frills whisky with mixed notes of sweetness, fruits, fragrant and well-integrated peat smoke and already some oak influence. You can still find bottles scattered around in shops.

Score: 85/100
(Nose: 87 Palate: 84 Finish: 83)

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