Kilkerran Work In Progress #5 Sherry Wood Review

This is the 5th release in the Kilkerran WIP series that was matured in sherry wood and bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Subtle sherry with a healthy amount of varnish/new make type notes, raw grains, a bit of juniper and pine needle lending to a bit of a gin like nose.

Palate: Pinesol notes with young oak and very faint sherry, raisins with a bit of pepper – a bit harsh overall.

Finish: New make notes fade leaving a pleasant sherry with green/young oak.

Rating: 78/100 – Its youth shows in the new make/varnish type notes throughout. The sherry impact is extremely minimal.

Value for the money: I think I paid around $60 for this, and I’d pass at any price personally.

Springbank 17 Sherry Wood Review

This is a 17 year Springbank that was matured in sherry oak casks and bottled at 52.3% ABV.

Nose: Brighty, funky malt with some putty and dry oak – orange marmalade emerging after a minute with some yeast notes in the background. Not a very fruity sherry influence on the nose at least.

Palate: Musty oak, quite malty full of dough and yeast with bright citrus notes. Turns slightly grassy with the oak taking on more of a sawdust profile – sherry is minimal but slightly sulphury.

Finish: Funky/bitter oak with slightly sulphury sherry lingering as it turns quite dry.

Rating: 82/100 – The sherry notes are very weak, and to be honest, if I tried this blind, I wouldn’t be 100% sure it was sherried (except the sulphur note might be the only giveaway).

Value for the money: I think I paid around $160 for this, and it’s an easy pass for me anywhere near that price.

Springbank 12 Sherry Wood Review

This is a 12 year Springbank distilled in 1990, matured in sherry casks, and bottled in 2003 at 52.4% ABV.

Nose: Plastic beach balls, funky malt, a bit of sulphur, woody mushrooms, and some vanilla.

Palate: Clean, fruity sherry with the plastic notes disappearing – damp oak, peppery malt, mint, and cardamom.

Finish: Slightly sulphury sherry with the plastic type notes returning as the oak notes dial up.

Rating: 85/100 – Pretty consistent with the rest of the 12 year wood finishes by Springbank.

Value for the money: These retailed around $80 which is an ok price – I wouldn’t seek this out for more than that at auction.

Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish Review

This is a discontinued expression from Glenmorangie. It is a 12 year malt finished in Sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV. This was the precursor to the Lasanta.

Nose: Nice blend of malt and sherry with a few passing wisps of berries, vanilla, and brine.

Palate: Malt is prominent alongside sherry influence – sherry has an especially sweet profile. A hint of spice on the tip of the tongue.

Finish: Dry, but long. Intensely sweet with some heat.

Rating: 84/100

Value for the money: These retailed around $50 originally which isn’t too bad, but secondary is probably closer to $100 now which is an easy pass.