St. Kilian 3yo, Signature Edition "Two", 2016-2019
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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
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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
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Cask type: Bourbon Casks, Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish (951 btl.)
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!