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Kilkerran 12 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Kilkerran 12 Year Old

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Kilkerran 12 Year Old Bottling Note

After 12 years and a bundle of Work In Progress bottlings, the first core release of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glengyle Distillery after reopening in 2004 is ready! The Kilkerran 12 Year Old is lightly peated and non-chill filtered, and has been matured in a combination of 70% bourbon casks and 30% Sherry casks.

Tasting Note by The Producer

Nose: Oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows and dried fruit pudding, as well as cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat.

Palate: Initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel, after this: vanilla, butterscotch, honeycomb and digestive biscuits can all be tasted and enjoyed.

Finish: Velvet and smooth with lemon meringue, to conclude, there’s an oiliness and a saltiness that you’d expect from a Campbeltown dram.

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Kilkerran 12 Year Old Reviews

My new favoutite single malt

Bought a bottle of this at the distillery. Absolutely superb, balanced blend of oak, peat and fruit.

28th September 2020

Very very tasty!

Blimey....this is yummy!

14th September 2020


Nice Campbeltown flavour, then you get the mild, peaty kick. Excellent value. Almost as good as Springbank 10. I've been telling all of my whisky drinking friends about Kilkerran. I'm glad I took a punt on it.

3rd September 2020

This is great whisky

For a whisky of this age, and at this price, it really delivers. Light peat smoke with a salty caramel edge and that oily mouth feel, absolutely delicious!!
This is, in my opinion, still an underrated whisky. I'm sure its reputation will grow over time, but the fact that you already have to hunt around for a bottle is very telling. Really good quality whisky, definitely a worth while purchase.
I'm excited about what the future will bring from the Glengyle distillery, they clearly know what they're doing when it comes to quality whisky.

3rd May 2020

Keeper x2

Acquired 12 to keep my 8yr company. Didn’t disappoint- the finish is as advertised. Tough to find here, second bottle on its way

25th April 2020

Good stuff

Great for trying to get into lightly peated whisky. I would definitely have this again

22nd April 2020


No expert by a long way but I know what I like... bought a bottle from campletown while on holiday....liked it a lot...

31st March 2020

send more Kilkerran to the Vikings please

Im weak of all Whiskys from Campbeltown area ,but Kilkerran 12 yo have been my new favorite ,unfortunately it is difficult to get over in sweden

17th March 2020

Shit the bed

Oh sweet sweet love egg how noble yeast are. Coming up smelling of rises whilst raised in the poorest council estate this side of ya say...not on your nelly naval

8th March 2020

Amazing at the price

At around half the price of a Springbank 15, this is a steal. It has similarities with the Springbank 10, but some different and interesting flavours going on. Like others have noted, it needs to sit in the glass a while to fully develop, but it's very enjoyable indeed. Another fine example of the under-appreciated brilliance of Campeltown whiskies.

24th January 2020

Worth a try

Smell is light smoky fruit and bready dense desert cakes, nutty like almonds and dates in there too. Sweet vanilla and sugary honey. On the tongue sweet honey fruitiness, salty and sweet fig and a salty aftertaste. Oily lasting feel

29th December 2019

Interesting worth a punt

A well balanced malt with typical Campbeltown saltiness but with a lovely whiff of smokiness, excellent value

22nd November 2019

Under-rated, but how long for?

Good stuff, this.
Described as lightly peated but the peat certainly punches above its weight. Makes way for the citrus but stays long enough to enjoy without overstating itself. Excellent value for money. Would recommend to anyone who likes their malt peated.

4th November 2019


This is easily one of, if not the best whisky I’ve drunk this year, and at £36 a pop that is serious bang for buck. This whisky isn’t just a great affordable, “available” whisky, it more than holds its own against any whisky full stop. Tasting is citrus, lots of fresh lemon on nose and palate becoming beautifully sour through the finish. There’s some hay, espresso beans and cherries (glacé) on the nose, with savoury cereals on the palate. There’s also a slight salinity on the palate, becoming more accented through the finish. All of this is complimented by perfectly balanced peat. This whisky really is sublime. If you are new to whisky and have tried the standards, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, HP 12, laga 16 etc., this will really take your experience to another level. Cannot recommend more highly.

24th August 2019

Gorgeous combination of my favourite food and fruit flavours.

My first Campbeltown whisky taken in Campbeltown for my wedding anniversary. Superb. Helen Finnie

24th June 2019

Exotic flavours smooth rounded mouthfeel

Tried it at the sun inn Bonnyrigg just outside Edinburgh on recommendation wow I’m hooked and desperate to locate a bottle more soon please

24th April 2019

Best of two worlds. Cambeltown at its best.

Fruity and delicately peated. Bottled at 46% but inoffensive, adding small drop of water releases some syroupy notes. Try it, highly recommended.

14th January 2019

Blown away

I'm no expert but I know what I like, and I like this a lot! I tend to go for classic peated Islay malts such as Ardbeg 10, but thought I'd try something different, and as I find most Speyside malts a bit too sweet for my taste, I bought this on a whim. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. To my uneducated palate it seems extremely well balanced, with a lovely butterscotch undercurrent. Buying another bottle immediately this one is finished, which won't be long.

21st December 2018

Complex and beguiling

A really thick, oily, silken feel to it; it reveals itself slowly, making it a dram to savour. It definitely tastes like a cousin of Springbank. From a freshly opened bottle my own tasting notes weren’t even close to the official guidance above: over-salted caramel, burnt bitter espresso, and blood orange zest. A really interesting dram!

2nd November 2018

Another great Campbeltown

This is a style of whisky that I really love. All serious whisky drinkers should give this a try. It loses a half star because in my opinion Springbank 10 is a little bit better. If you love Springbank you need to try this. Maybe you will like it more. Even if you agree with me it’s still more than worth it, considering how few Campbeltown whiskies there are

9th September 2018

Kilkerran, Shhhh, it's amazing

Kilkerran is a dream. The distillery have spent their money on the Whiskey, not the hype or promotion of it in packaging etc. It speaks for itself in every way. Ralfy has this one to a tee. It can be a go to dram after a hard day at work and sip it down to the last drop, just hoping for another sweet spot. It's 69 dollars here in Chicago, and a bargain unless your hung up on age statements and get to a comparison against other 12 year olds or long more for the 18's of which many are great (Glenlivet, Talasker, Highland Park, MacCallen etc) but oo la la, could drink this Kikerran every day and never get bored.

28th August 2018

Mind blowering at £36 a bottle

Wowzers! Best kept secret in the scotch world. This should be £50+ a bottle but it isn’t! How fantastic is that!? Don’t believe me, try a dram and be convinced. I’m honestly considering buying an entire case of this. The way scotch prices are going...

25th August 2018

Another winner from Campbeltown

Very full bodied for something with such a light color. I really enjoy the complexity and balance of the Campbeltown whiskys I have tried so far. As a retailer I can't believe these don't fly off the shelf as they should.

27th June 2018


Hate to give it 5 stars, since sooner or later this majestic dram will repeat the path of Yamazaki 12 and I won't be able to enjoy it whenever I want. This is $100 dram sold in a $40 bottle.

20th June 2018


Having tried a few of the 'Work in Progress' bottles, I was looking forward to this 12 yo and I was not disappointed: this is, quite simply, a brilliant whisky. I always look for unchillfiltered /no added colour and a good proof (46+) and this fits the bill. What surprised me was its smoothness and its substantial 'feel' in the mouth. This, added to all the typical Campbeltown flavours, makes this a winner for me. Up there with the best of Springbank and Glen Scotia.

11th May 2018

Poor Man's Highland Park 18

This dram is a treat. Like the Springbank 10, it has the complexity, mouth feel and robustness but with nicely subtle touch of peat which is nicely balanced by its soft fruitiness. Great value like SB10 and unchillfiltered with no color added at 46Abv, qualifies for a Ralfy award. For me, it's a poor man's Highland Park 18. A huge compliment.

24th December 2017

compared to Springbank 12

Bit of an update to my review 'Springbank's blond cousin'.

Tasted the KK12 against Springbank 12 cask strength - and to my surprise, although there are similarities (both evidence great casks, the underlying maltiness and mouthfeel are the same) the Kilkerran is less complex and dirty, but overall actually better!

14th December 2017

Springbank's blond cousin.

Absolutely zero peat or smoke - its either that or my sense of taste / imagination isn't as keen as other reviewers. Ditto 'saltiness' which I cant detect.

Having said that - its an absolutely superb whisky, even more remarkable at the price of around £35. They have invested in some superb casks and the quality shines through with notes of lemon meringue pie / lemon cheesecake, all in balance and velvety rounded. Long complex finish that draws you back for more.

I was hoping for a Springbank 12 lookalike, and actually I'm pleased that it is the same quality but has its own character. Get a bottle if you can - this will no doubt become sought after.

13th December 2017

Wow Campbeltown never dissapoints!

This is an awesome whisky. Has that leather taste you want in a Campbeltown whisky with lemon,honey, sea salt, and a hint of cream. If you add water or ice to it it will be ruined it is at it's absolute best neat. I hope Campbeltown whisky always sticks around and gains more popularity its just so well rounded and really has every flavor that you want in your Scotch. Cheers! The Sugarbear

1st December 2017

Treat it with respect.

I wonder if the bad reviews for this whisky are for the first glass out of the bottle?

It definitely needs time to develop. The first glass I had I let it sit for around 15 minutes (year in the cask, minute in the glass) before the first sip. I was distinctly unimpressed. Added half a teaspoon of water gave it another 5 minutes. It improved a bit but I was underwhelmed after looking forward to it so much. Their were flavours they're but they seem contradictory.. The malt seemed confused.

However I thought I'd give it another try and so went back to it the next day. A little air in the bottle seemed to have done it the world of good. I poured a glass and put just a few drops of water in and gave it a good half an hour.

It seemed a much better whisky. Quite complex for a relatively young whisky. Springbanky but more cereal and lemon notes to my mind than SB10. But if you like SB10 you'll like this. Definitely not a whisky for the beginner and definitely needs a good while to breathe before you start sipping.

12th November 2017

value for $$$

Great Stuff!

31st October 2017

Not the first not The last

Super whisky I really recommend!!!

22nd September 2017

sublime pepper and spice

One week after opening, and five drams in, this whisky is getting better every day. The balance between bourbon and sherry is as perfect as it gets. And oh god! The pepper on the nose and the palate is just sublime. The best quality whisky at 35quid?

26th April 2017


Glad to see the first 12yo of the revived Glengyle malt. This is like Longrow in a velvet glove. I loved both the bourbon and sherry versions of the 7th release but this is really a great culmination. Will buy it again and eagerly keep following the progress.

18th April 2017

I like it!

If you like Springbank whiskies-buy it.You will not be disappointed.

17th April 2017

Stuff in a bottle which tastes good.

Sorry Kevin, my palate doesn't rate with yours, I was unsure if the peat was 6ppm or 7, however you've solved that issue for me., 5ppm it is.
Other than that I found the bottle well designed, with the outlet at the top and the base at the bottom, the label was on the outside (just in case it distorts the 5ppm flavour) and it came with a cork to stop it leaking.
All in all it proved to be just what I thought it wood (little humour there), oakay (there I go again) for me it tasted remarkably like good Scottish Whisky, but then what would I know?
(Between you and I, I thought it was more like 5.6ppm).

13th April 2017

If you find it - buy it!

Best value for money!

14th January 2017

Smooth and Watm


7th January 2017

Very good!

A really well made whisky from Kilkerran. Definately one of my candidates for 'whisky of the year'. Buy it if you can find it!

27th November 2016


Found it malty, biscuity, which might come from a short fermentation, but if not then Lactobacilli have been active enough to suppress acetate esters and ethyl esters and promote furfural.
Oak is very noticeable also, suggesting a first fill cask. Some little smoke from either low level Peating 5ppm or a highly charred American White Oak releasing guaiacols into the spirit.
Didn't find this remarkable tbh.

14th November 2016

Kilkerran disappointment

Definitely not what I expected, not sure what this whisky wants to be... Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn are my absolute favourite whiskys. I was expecting a similar level of quality and complexity, but this is not close. I can name at least a dozen different better offerings at 20 - 25% lower cost. Sorry...

30th October 2016

Kilkerran wow!

Delicious amber liquid. Peatier than expected and worth the wait. Onto my second bottle and there will be more, roll on the distillery visit in November!

7th October 2016

A great new dram from Campbeltown

For a 12 year old this whisky brings all together that makes a great dram: perfectly balanced and surprisingly grown up for that age - at this price definitely a must have

26th September 2016

Great as expected

My expectations were high having recently bought the WIP 7 bourbon cask strength. The 12 year old did not disappoint. Delightful stuff. Lovely and bright with notes of charcoal, vanilla, juicy fruit and of course the briny character you expect with a Campbeltown.

Aside from it being a great dram, further points must be awarded for transparency - non-chill filtered and natural colour. Price point is absolute superb. Overall it just represents unreal value. If you enjoyed the WIP range you really can't go wrong. This is more refined and sure of itself.

16th September 2016

Absolute cracker

Amazing whisky. Fat but elegant, the peat level is perfect, the saltiness is delightful. Zesty. Really cheap for what's in the bottle.

15th September 2016

Marvellous dram

Amazing at this price point. A really beautiful craft whisky, and great to see Campbeltown prospering yet further.

1st September 2016


Having tried and purchased this in Edinburgh at Cadenhead's, it's a beautiful tasting whisky with so many complexities going on. So smooth yet it has a kick too and all at such a bargain price. Get yourself a bottle of something special.

30th August 2016

Not impressed

I'm not usually someone who writes reviews but felt I had to on this occasion. Finally managed to get a bottle after all the hype and the rather faultless tasting notes listed above. I must say that the nose is divine but the taste and finish are not to my taste. I understand that this is a 12 year old whisky and never expect miracles but after the generous tasting notes, I expected more. I find this to be extremely spicy and peppery which is something I'm not personally keen on. Velvet and smooth? Anyone actually taste this whilst writing the tasting notes? I have a second bottle available if anyone is struggling to find one :-(

28th August 2016

Well worth the wait

Nose: Immediate grill charcoal. Faint coal smoke. Almost industrial diesel. Not in an overpowering way but in a way that only Campbeltown can make appealing. Himalayan pink salt. Green olives in brine. Mexican lime. Vanilla. Very mild honey. Wild heather. Dry flowers. Love the nose. There’s an old-school oiliness to this that I love.

Palate: Touch bitter. But in a good way. Vanilla. Sweet lemon. Touch of oak. Consistent layer of smoke. Wet pebbles. That salt again. Get’s sweeter mid-palate. Butterscotch. And then black pepper pricks. Solid.

Finish: Medium to long. Oak. Lindt 90% cocoa. Ceylon black tea.

27th August 2016


Hallelujah for an age statement! I bet it's going to be a great whisky!

14th August 2016

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