St. Kilian 3yo, Signature Edition "Six", 2016/2017-2020
ABV: 47.5%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
ex-Spaetburgunder (30%), ex-Bourbon (25%) and ex-Rye Casks (45%) (6,530 btl.)

 

Colour: Gold.
Nose: Fresh and light fruity on the nose with apricot and tropical fruits, accompanied by delicious grapes and vanilla cream. This is followed by spicy tones of ginger and some pepper with notes of malted barley in the background. Very appealing and by no means young.
Palate: Immediately creamy sweet and wonderfully fruity on the palate with grapes and again apricot as well as exotic fruits that are difficult to identify individually, banana maybe. Then a warming spiciness becomes noticeable with ginger, clearly pepper and oak. This is accompanied by slightly bitter notes of grape skin and malted barley towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is medium to long, pleasantly warming and initially sweet and creamy with barley sugar and vanilla. Then slightly bitter notes of grape skin and oak are added.
With water: After adding a few drops of water very fresh on the nose with grapes and yellow fruit jam. This is accompanied by creamy vanilla. Overall a little less spicy. Intense and spicy, however, on the palate with much more pepper and ginger. Then some vanilla, malted barley and fruit sweetness towards the finish. The finish is of medium length, very creamy with vanilla and barley sugar, then becomes a bit drier and slightly bitter with grape skin and oak.

Comments: I really enjoyed this sixth Signature Edition from St Kilian Distillers. The interplay of yellow, partly exotic fruits, creamy vanilla with barley sugar as well as the rich and warming spices create a pleasant harmony in aroma and taste. No trace of youthfulness, it seems amazingly mature. An excellent composition of the three different types of casks, skilfully created by the master distiller and blender, Mario Rudolf. Well done!

 

I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


St. Kilian 3yo, Signature Edition "Five", 2016/2017-2020
ABV: 52.5%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
Five Different Virgin Oak Casks

 

Colour: Bright amber.
Nose: Fresh on the nose with lots of vanilla sauce and toffee. This is joined by notes of light fruit, apricot and a little citrus. Besides various herbs that are hard to describe, there is a good portion of oak mixed with cedar wood. Aromatic and appealing!
Palate: Sweet start on the palate with fruit sweetness, apricot, peach and lots of vanilla cream. Then strongly warming and peppery with oak spice. Notes of plum jam mixed with herbs. All in all creamy, remaining sweet and slightly drying towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long-lasting, creamy sweet and gradually dries out with oak spice, subtle nutty aromas, some dark chocolate and a light note of herbal candy with a touch of grapefruit.
With water: Significantly fresher on the nose after adding a little water. Vanilla, toffee and noticeably more oak wood, with sawdust and a subtle herbal note. Only a slight vanilla sweetness on the palate, which is immediately replaced by a strongly warming and on the tongue prickling spiciness. Very peppery and dry with oak spice and sawdust. The finish is somewhat shorter and clearly dry with spiced oak, allspice, some herbs and hardly any sweetness.
Comments: This strong, oak-wood accented single malt was love at second sight. For me personally, the predominant scent and taste of fresh oak was too superficial, but over time this young malt developed a complex fruit and herbal aroma spectrum that makes you want to spend more time with it. Not an easy dram, but still worthwhile. Exciting and multi-layered.

 

I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


St. Kilian 3yo, Signature Edition "Four", 2016-2020
ABV: 48%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
Andalusian Oloroso and PX Sherry Casks

 

Colour: Light amber.
Nose: Immediately, intense campfire smoke rises to the nose, paired with a distinct sweetness of apricots, toffee, raisins and some honey. Notes of crispy bacon arrive, which later change to black-smoked ham with cold ashes.
Palate: Powerful start with peat smoke on the palate, warming and spicy with white pepper. After the warmth fades away, a creamy fruitiness of dried plums and raisins appears, accompanied by sweet toffee, sherry and dark chocolate.
Finish: The finish is of medium length with a creamy and spicy fruit sweetness, which echoes with warming smoke aromas, supported by ashes and a pinch of allspice.
With water: Significantly more sooty aromas on the nose after addition of water with notes of ash and black smoked ham. Strong with a hint of fruit aromas. Dry on the palate with warming spices, black pepper, almost chili. Becomes spicier. Then fruit notes of apricot and peach appear, followed by toffee and dark chocolate. The finish is still of medium length, dry with oak, allspice and a whiff of nutmeg. This is all wrapped in fine peat smoke.
Comments: A young, heavily peated single malt from St Kilian Distillers. The Signature Edition Four is characterized by intensive peat smoke paired with Spanish temperament. A harmonious balance of fruity sweetness, warming spices and intense campfire smoke. Certainly something for cool autumn days.

 

I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


St. Kilian 3yo, Distillery Only, ex-Chardonnay, 2016-2020
ABV: 52.9%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery (Online Edition)
Cask type: ex-Chardonnay Cask French Oak (#434, 495 btl.)

 

Colour: Gold.
Nose: Fruity and fresh on the nose with gooseberry, apricot and light peach. Behind this are floral notes, accompanied by vanilla and a hint of citrus fruit. Slightly spicy with some oak and nutmeg. Overall very appealing.
Palate: Fruity start on the palate, accompanied by nice floral aromas, sweet vanilla, peach and toffee. This is then warming up with a peppery spiciness of the alcohol. Slightly bitter notes of grapefruit and grape skin nicely linger towards the finish.
Finish: The finish shows a medium length, with a creamy fruit, nutmeg and dry oak aromas. Again, slightly bitter grape skin on the tail.
With water: Much more lively and prickling on the nose after adding a few drops of water. Fruity and floral, but also with a noticeable alcoholic bite. Fruity on the palate, but this time less sweet and more spicy with cracked black pepper and chili. Warming with slightly metallic notes. The finish is of medium length and warming with creamy vanilla and a slightly bitter grapefruit note.
Comments: A young, fresh and fruity St Kilian single malt. After three and a half years of maturation in a former Chardonnay cask made of French oak, it shows a beautiful interplay of sweetness, fruit and floral notes, with a distinct but pleasant spiciness. Ideal drinking strength, because after dilution with water, the youthfulness of this whisky is revealed with a metallic touch.

 

I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the photograph!


Thousand Mountains Mc Raven Cask Strength
ABV: 59.8%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Sauerlaender Edelbrennerei
Cask type: Tuscan Red Wine Casks, ex-Bourbon Casks
(1,000 btl.)

 

Colour: Reddish amber.
Nose: A powerful start on the nose. The high content of almost 60% abv is immediately noticeable, but not unpleasant at all. There are red fruit aromas such as blackberry and cherry, followed by raisins and sweet caramel notes. Vanilla is clearly detectable, followed by notes of sweet barley malt and a touch of oak.
Palate: A strong start also on the palate with a beautiful sweetness of caramel, fruity berries and delicate red wine aromas. Then comes the high alcohol content, with the whisky becoming more spicy with oak wood and an alcoholic spiciness accompanied by white pepper. This spiciness increases with the second sip. Pleasantly warming and mouth filling.
Finish: The finish shows medium length, warming with subtle walnut and drying towards the end with some tannins and oak.
With water: After adding some drops of water, more vanilla and caramel notes appear, accompanied by considerably more oak wood. Overall, the nose is much more tamed. The taste is berry with creamy red wine notes, caramel and vanilla, followed by milk chocolate, hazelnut and tamed oak spice. Overall warming, but clearly less spicy. The finish is still of medium length with creamy caramel, nut aromas, milk chocolate and a hint of oak on the tail.
Comments: This single malt, still quite young at only three years of age, surprised me positively. The maturation in Tuscan red wine casks gave the Mc Raven beautiful berry fruit notes, which also benefits from sweet notes of vanilla and caramel presumably provided by the original Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The variety of aromas is multi-layered, and the high alcohol content leaves enough room for water. One should do so, because then even creamy notes of milk chocolate come into play. A young, German single malt that knows how to please.

 

I thank Sauerlaender Edelbrennerei for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


Project One Feingeist 8yo, from a secret German distillery
ABV: 57.8%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Feingeist
Cask type: Four different Casks - Chestnut, Bourbon, Pinot Noir and Laphroaig Cask Finish
(97 btl.)

 

Colour: Dark amber.
Nose: Dark fruit, like cherry and plum, accompanied by a sweetness of vanilla, caramel and brown sugar. Pleasantly warm on the nose with fine peat smoke and noticeable wood notes. The alcohol is well integrated and not at all pungent.
Palate: Noticeable peat smoke at the beginning on the palate, followed by a creamy and fruity sweetness of cherry and plum jam. Pleasantly warming with a slightly alcoholic spiciness, some pepper and ginger.
Finish: The finish shows a medium length with creamy fruit jam, roasted aromas, some cocoa and warming smoky notes.
With water: After the addition of a few drops of water, more smoke appears on the nose, as well as notes of ash, soot and bitumen. The wonderful fruitiness fades into the background. On the palate it is prickling and intense, with peat smoke, pepper and ginger spiciness. Here again less fruit. The finish is medium long, warm and dry with notes of wood, smoke, ash and some fruit sweetness.
Comments: A very interesting bottling of this unknown German distillery, which has found its perfection in a total of four different types of casks. A beautiful combination of dark fruit, sweetness and warming peat smoke. Bottled just right in my opinion with almost 58% abv. No water necessary. It is certainly also an ideal companion to a cigar.

 

I thank Feingeist GmbH for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


St. Kilian 3yo, Signature Edition "Three", 2016-2019
ABV: 50%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: American ex-Bourbon Barrels (94%) and Quarter Casks (6%)
(6,700 btl.)

 

Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: A sweet and fruity start on the nose with vanilla and clear fruit aromas. Citrus, pears and tropical fruits of apricot and pineapple are very noticeable. The whole is accompanied by a perceptible but nevertheless subtle smoke and peat note, with hints of anise and cold ash in the background.
Palate: On the palate a similar picture with a lot of sweetness of vanilla and caramel at first, accompanied by creamy tropical fruit notes. Then it gets very warm and spicy in the mouth with a strong pinch of black pepper, anise and some oak spice, wrapped in warm peat smoke.
Finish: The finish is warming and shows a medium length with subtle, creamy fruity notes, followed by some smoke and a touch of bitter green, unripe walnuts.
With water: The addition of a few drops of water makes the "Three" slightly fresher and more prickling on the nose with a little more spice, while the sweet and fruity notes as well as peat smoke are slightly pushed into the background. On the palate the reduction of the alcohol content is clearly noticeable by less warmth and spiciness. The creamy vanilla and caramel sweetness comes to the fore with the tropical fruit aromas, while the peat smoke remains discreetly in the background. The finish remains medium long, mouth warming with a creamy sweetness and discreet oak spice.
Comments: The third single malt bottling from the St. Kilian Distillers matured for at least three years to a very large extent in selected Tennessie Whiskey barrels and a small percentage in Texan quarter casks. The phenol content of 38 ppm of the malt used is noticeable in the bottling with a smooth and lingering peat smoke note, which underlines the wonderfully creamy sweetness as well as fruity flavours. The Bourbon barrels contribute a great deal of tropical fruit notes and peppery spice, with the 6% quarter cask content being mainly noticeable in the caramel sweetness and spicy oak notes. All in all a successful bottling of this still young German distillery.


I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


St. Kilian 3yo, Signature Edition "Two", 2016-2019
ABV: 54.2%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Amarone Red Wine Casks - 3 sizes: 50L, 225L,
325L (6,600 btl.)

 

Colour: Reddish amber.
Nose: Fruity start on the nose with red berries - raspberry and strawberry in particular - followed by a sweet note of malted barley. Fresh with a touch of mint and white pepper in the back.
Palate: Sweet and creamy on the palate with vanilla and delicate raspberry sorbet. This is accompanied by a warming spicy mix of pepper and oak followed by a whiff of cocoa towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long, warm and creamy with sticky fruit jam and caramel. Becomes slightly dry on the tail with oak spice, subtle tannins and a hint of bitter almonds.
With water: There's more red berries on the nose when a few drops of water are added. On the palate, the alcoholic warmth is tamed while more fruit and creamy vanilla are coming through. The finish shows medium length with sticky fruit and less bitter notes towards the end.
Comments: This second single malt bottling from St Kilian Distillers matured for at least three years exclusively in sweet Amarone red wine casks of different sizes, which clearly dominate the aroma and taste. Wonderful red fruit notes of raspberries and strawberries result with creamy vanilla and decent oak spice in a harmonious whole, which was bottled at 54.2% abv. Not too strong and therefore excellent to enjoy without water. This second bottling convinces despite its youthfulness with strong and harmonious aromas. St Kilian Distillers - certainly a distillery that should be on the radar screen in the future!


I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


St. Kilian 3yo, Signature Edition "One", 2016-2019
ABV: 45%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: ex-Bourbon (37%), ex-PX Sherry (18%), ex-Martinique Rhum (37%), ex-Bourbon Quarter (3%) and Chestnut (5%) Casks (20,000 btl.)

 

Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: There's immediately fruit on the nose with pineapples, peaches and yellow ripe apples, accompanied by creamy vanilla and barley sugar. Hints of marzipan and subtle notes of lemonade arrive, followed by a tender spiciness of white pepper and oak in the back. Very appealing!
Palate: Smooth and nicely sweet with fruity notes of pineapples, peaches and apricots. This sweetness is complemented by a slightly peppery note and oak spice. Creamy vanilla and a whiff of malted barley linger towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is medium long, warm and slightly dry with oak spice, subtle marzipan and a hint of green walnuts.
With water: There's more tropical fruit coming through, especially pears, when a few drops of water are added, with oak spice also coming to the fore. Still sweet and fruity on the palate accompanied by prickling oak spice and black pepper. The finish shows medium length with a creamy fruitiness and subtle dry oak.
Comments: The Spirit of St. Kilian has arrived as whisky - with a clear bang! This first single malt from the German distillery St. Kilian is a sweet dram with a wonderful mixture of tropical fruits, a malty undertone and a discreet and pleasant spiciness. Made from whiskies matured in five different casks including chestnut(!), this single malt already shows a nice balance of aromas - a great balance of sweetness, fruit and oak spice - and underlines the fruity distillery character. At this young age, the Signature Edition One already demonstrates the enormous potential of this largest German whisky distillery. Very well done folks!

 

I thank St. Kilian Distillers for the complimentary sample!


Baltach 3yo, 2013-2016, Wismarian Single Malt Whisky
ABV: 43%
Region: Germany
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Bourbon Casks, Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish (951 btl.)

 

Colour: Gold.
Nose: Notes of grapes on the nose, more the darker ones. This is complemented by sweet sherry and vanilla, with grain and cereal flavours in the back. Slightly spiced oak with a mix of fruity, herbal, and earthy notes. Reminds me of a strong beer with a fruity and malty character.
Palate: Surprisingly sweet on the palate with a delicate fruitiness of dark grapes, vanilla, and honey. This is accompanied by a warming spiciness of oak, pepper, and subtle nutmeg. Becomes drier towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is medium long, sweet and creamy with a slightly warming but sweet oaky spiciness, nutty flavours and a very dry end.
With water: Water tames a bit of the fruity sweetness bringing more herbal flavours and bitter notes of grapeseed to the fore. Stays sweet on the palate but less warming with a tamed spiciness. Slightly fruity notes of grapes in the back. The finish is a bit shorter with prickling oak and an extremely dry end.
Comments: This is a fruity, sweet and mild single malt from the German Hanseatic city Wismar on the Baltic Sea coast. Although only three years old this dram already shows great promise. Surprisingly mature with a nice balance of sweet, fruity and lovely spicy flavours. The nose reminds me of a strong beer whisky and indeed, the distillery has a long history in beer brewing at the “Brauhaus am Lohberg zu Wismar”. Quite tasty and quaffable. Well done folks!

 

I thank Whiskymax for the sample!