Well this blew up! Talk about a mad scramble! Just getting hold of a bottle without having a connection with a helpful retailer was a mission. The only bottle harder to get hold of from the recent Springbank releases was the Longrow Red, but this Kilkerran was a very close second. If you were not super quick on the F5 button or in possession of some website scanning software to give you an edge, you didn’t have a chance.
This year’s release has spent it’s 8 years in 1st fill Oloroso sherry casks. As always with Kilkerran it is non-chill filtered and natural colour.
So, was the rush to get a bottle worthwhile?
Nose : Typical sherry notes of sweet and fruity raisin, dark roast coffee and a little bitter chocolate. Burnt rubber, sea salt and oak.
Palate : Lots of bitter, espresso coffee on the palate which lingers throughout. Fruity, juicy, raisin, blackcurrant and demerara sugar with a smoky and slightly sulphury edge, but not overly so in my book. Black pepper, oak and salt come in towards the end. Lovely and coating mouthfeel.
Conclusion : Firmly in the sherry bomb category! Coffee drinkers will like this I think. There is lots of espresso coffee on the palate, but there is also a sweet and juicy, fruitiness which works well with the bitter and then the saltiness later on. A very good experience indeed and at £50 a bottle it’s good value. A shame it isn’t made in enough quantities to satisfy the demand.
Score : 8.5/10
ABV : 56.9%
Non-chill filtered : Yes
Natural Colour : Yes
Maturation : First fill ex-oloroso sherry
Region : Campbeltown
Colour : Mahogany