I don’t usually read other whisky blogs ( shame on me! ) but I do follow them on Facebook & Twitter and I get their updates, so when I read about Serge’s score on Kilkerran WIP 5th edition I realized that it was another of my to-taste samples living in a huge box at home.
So as soon as I arrived home I tasted the two versions available at this release one ex-bourbon cask and another finished in sherry casks.
So here they are:
Kilkerran Work In Progress 5th release Bourbon wood
“Quite good whisky with an excellent bouquet. A real bargain for £34. I am quite happy of having bought one when I could”
This dram has a fino-like color.
Nose (90): more than average. honey, citrus, smoke, wood, vanilla, orange zest.
Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, peat, oranges, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, wood, coffee.
Finish (91): longer than average. honey, spices, oranges.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Kilkerran Work In Progress 5th Release - Bourbon Wood with 91 points over 100.
Kilkerran Work In Progress 5th release Sherry wood
“Nose is fabulous but I prefer the WIP 5 Bourbon cask for a small margin. More sherry time may turn this into something awesome”
This dram has a gold-like color.
Nose (91): more than average. honey, oranges, spices, vanilla, plums, wood, nuts.
Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, nuts, oranges, smoke, wood, vanilla, cinnamon, meat.
Finish (90): longer than average. honey, spices, citrus.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Kilkerran Work In Progress 5th Release - Sherry Wood with 90 points over 100.
I find the sherry finish very subtle, it is there but it doesn’t change the whisky in a big way. Personally I prefer ( as Serge ) the bourbon cask, and in fact it was the one that I bought. I think it is a more “true” whisky.