Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Marsala
Added coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 100.00
Official website: kilkerran.scot
Glengyle’s stills started distilling again at the beginning of the new millennium, with the first distillate produced in 2004… if we do the math, this bottle released in 2020 is from that initial distillation, and is therefore currently the oldest official bottling in their portfolio.
Matured for the most part in ex-Bourbon casks (96%) with a minimal amount of ex-Marsala (some say the proportions are 98% and 2%, but whatever), released in a limited edition and in fact disappeared from their official catalogue, it represents a not inconsiderable achievement for the distillery, which can boast of a large group of very warm fans.
And with good reason.
Full gold in the glass.
Herbaceous on the nose, with a strong earthy minerality veined with citrus (grapefruit and lemon), pineapple, vanilla, marzipan, meringue. Floral notes of honeysuckle. Fresh and pungent.
The palate is very mellow, the herbaceous component is refined in aromatic herbs with a hint of lavender, always accompanied by a sensitive citric component. Decisive and peppery with citrus, green apple, aniseed, pecans, a whiff of vanilla, sugar paste, hint of propolis. A salty hint bathed in a wisp of smoke, more evident along the length, cleanses the mouth with each sip.
The finish is quite long and dry with salty smoke, dried fruit, lemon, mineral and iron tones.
Rich and complex, a mixture of earth and fruit with seawater and a touch of peat without the impressions overlapping, creating a tasty cake to explore in every layer.