At the centre of the Kintyre peninsula lies Campbeltown. It once proclaimed it self as the 'whisky capital of the world', with over 30 licensed distillery's and many more unlicensed. Today only three distilleries operate, Glengyle, Springbank and Glen Scotia. That being said there is talk here of perhaps a couple small craft distillery’s taking shape soon.
After reopening in 2004, the Kilkerran 12 year is the first 12 year expression from Glengyle distillery in Campbeltown. The Kilkerran is lightly peated and non-chill filtered, and has been matured in a combination of 70% bourbon casks and 30% Sherry casks.
Nose: Oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted vanilla and dried fruit. Hints of peat, cherry and marzipan are present as well.
Palate: Initially fruity with citrus notes. Vanilla, butterscotch and honey follow with a light malt tone.
Finish: Smooth and complex finish with lemon and fruitcake tones. An oiliness and saltiness are also present.