I have absolutely no idea how this one slipped by me. Maybe because I just wasn’t paying attention, but normally if there’s anything from Campbeltown in a Fino Cask coming out, I need to have it. Because it is delicious, usually.
But, this one slipped by me and I only had a 10cl sample of it, courtesy of a swap with RvB. The label didn’t say it was a Fino cask and I hadn’t paid proper attention when the sample came in, so I had it on the shelf for a week or so before I tried it. Then I finished it, right away.
Lots of intense sherry. Fino, and clearly so. Lots of mold and typical funkiness for Springbank’s distillate, even if it is Kilkerran. Old baking spices, stewed fruit.
A tad sharper than I expected, with hints of salinity, bitterness and dry oak. Apple seeds, skins. Baking spices, nutmeg, clove, but also old cardboard, moldy attics.
A gentle and rather fruity, big sherry finish. Dry oak, cork, bitterness.
This is a belter! It’s big, but not ridiculously ‘just sherry’ with nothing else. It seems like this is one of those awesome Fino casks which I have come to love from Springbank, and in this case Kilkerran, which is Springbank made a hundred yards down the road.
Now, if anyone knows if there are bottles available somewhere, since Whiskybase doesn’t have any links anymore…
Kilkerran 15yo, 2004-2019, Fino Sherry Puncheon, 51.6%