Kilkerran Heavily Peated Batch No. 5 Single Malt Scotch
Kilkerran is the flagship whisky made by the Glengyle Distillery, Springbank's sister distillery just down the road in Campbeltown. Reopened just a handful of years ago in 2004 after 80 years of being shuttered, it makes for a wee grand total of three operational distilleries in Campbeltown, once the undisputed capital of whisky-making in Scotland. Their Heavily Peated releases are always bottled at cask strength, and labelled "Peat-In-Progress", a nod to the fact that these releases are being done as the stock ages until they are eventually bottled under an age stated label.
This bottling, Batch 5, is made up of 85% ex-bourbon casks and 15% oloroso sherry casks. On the nose, there is smoked ham, roasted hazelnuts, dried mushroom, kiwi, peach, and lemon zest. The whisky is oily on the palate and follows the nose with more of the smoked ham character. Lemon poppy seed muffins, wet wood, red apples, black pepper, and a hint of burnt bacon hits you on the end. Like it's sister distillery Springbank, this one gets real pork-y with this much peat. Bottled at 57.7% abv.