Kilkerran Work In Progress 5 Sherry Wood
Last week I caught up with a distillery that I have followed with great interest since 2009. The distillery in question is Mitchell's Glengyle Distillery which is going to be celebrating 10 years since it was reopened. The original Glengyle distillery was founded in 1872 by William Mitchell, son of Archibald Mitchell who owned Springbank. The distillery had a couple of owners until it shut down in 1925. Fast forward to 2004 and with the original building still in good condition it was bought by a new company called Mitchell’s Glengyle Limited, headed by Mr Hedley Wright, chairman of J&A Mitchell and Co Ltd, and great-great nephew of William Mitchell, original founder of Glengyle and of course owners of Springbank.
The Work In Progress system is as it says a limited release of spirit until the Kilkerran reaches 12 years old. It started with WIP 1 which was released when the spirit was 5 yrs old and each year another was released. It has been an interesting journey charting the difference each year made up until last years release of WIP 5 as it was split between Bourbon Wood and Sherry Wood, each with a limited release of 9,000 bottles. I have enjoyed the differences each edition has brought and I am really looking forward to the first 12 year old's release as I am sure it will be a popular and successful whisky.
A nice light sherry nose, which leads on with a developing sweetness. Picking up cocoa powder and almonds. Going back on the nose for a 2nd time I started to pick up on light fruit with hints of stemmed ginger.
A nice coating which has notes of sweetness of raisins chocolate and plumbs. There is for me still a slight brininess which rounds of nicely.
Slightly sweet and medium finish, with the lingering hint of silky chocolate. On the whole very pleasant and I am glad I have a bottle to enjoy.