Name: Kilkerran Work In Progress 5th Release Sherry Wood
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £35 (70cl)
Taste: Creamy, smoky, spicy
Finish: Medium length, spicy
So I thought it would be interesting to try both finishes of the WIP 5th release to see how different it can be.
As with the Bourbon Wood there is definitely some alcohol burn on the nose initially, not as much however. It has a light nose with one quality that stood out initially, a saltiness, reminded me of cockles. There is also some dark fruit notes present but they do not give it much of a richness, they are quite subtle.
The palate is creamy, richer than the Bourbon Wood version but is still a light dram. The smoky character is still there in the background as is the spice that continues onto the finish, which is a little shorter than the Bourbon Wood. There is not as much of an alcohol burn to this one, but it does still open up some with the addition of water so I would still recommend a small amount.
So overall I think I prefer the nose of the Bourbon Wood, it is actually more complex, having a little more to offer. Palate wise, there are similarities but with obvious differences, both nice and refreshing actually; I’d put them on par.