Last in our Sherry Elements evening was a Kilkerran from Campbeltown. As it was our original club, we tasted strictly blind… leaving the reveal until all three whiskies were sampled.
Kilkerran 10 year “Work in Progress” Batch #6 Sherry Wood 46%
- Nose – Peat, medicinal capsule, stern, burnt wood, forest, a coal steam engine, then started to shift into lemon, licorice, coca cola, BBQ Sauce yet still some of that camphor peeping back, then shifted to candy floss super sweetness, what was so terrific was the way it kept evolving, even revealing brine
- Palate – Sweet, thin, honey water, then as we kept sipping, it took on more character, yet very sweet – almost too sweet… then with more time the sweetness began to drop and it became much more balanced
- Finish – After taste had peat, bitter and very long… then just as the nose… began to evolve and over time had a marvellous balance of sweet sherry and nuts
- Water? Must admit none of us were tempted…
This time, our speculation on colour was that it seemed natural. We also thought it had a lower strength alcohol – somewhere between 43 – 46%…
Our conclusion was that this is a whisky that stands on its own, growing, taking its time to reveal more… one that needs you to wait… wait for it… wait for it… and be rewarded.
And the reveal? Bright cheerful pink packaging accompanied the Kilkerran sherry dram. For most this was a 1st experience with Kilkerran though we are certainly familiar with other Campbeltown drams with Springbank and their other brand avatars Hazelburn and Longrow…
Opened in March 2004, Kilkerran, is the first distillery to open in Campbeltown in over 125 years, and the first new distillery in Scotland this millennium.
And what do they say about their Work in Progress #6 Sherry?
- Released in 2014. Only 9000 bottles available worldwide.
- Nose: Bold and Beautiful. Clear, but subtle, European red oak notes, a real sherry matured star.
- Palate: The sherry notes goes deeper on the palate. Dark chocolate, dates, prunes, hard toffee, molasses and gingerbread syrup. Honey-BBQ coated ribs without any of the smoke.
- Finish: This Whisky holds a great poise, almost ballerina like. There is a true harmonious balance between all the components in this dram. It has a seamless, resonant finish, echoing in a deep, loving, sherry tone.
What did we sample in our “Sherry Elements” evening?