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Kilkerran 12 vs Talisker 10: Which Whisky Wins?

Discover the differences between Kilkerran 12 vs Talisker 10 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!

Kilkerran 12

NoseMarzipan, pineapple, vanilla, dates
PalateVanilla, toffee, honey, orange
FinishHoney, orange, ginger
Alcohol content92 proof (46% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toSpringbank 10, Talisker 10

The nose brings marzipan at first, followed by a rich pineapple note, along vanilla, dates and a very light hint of smoke.

On the palate, Kilkerran provides a lovely oily mouthfeel. Flavor brings notes of vanilla, toffee, honey, a touch of orange and just a tiny whiff of smoke.

The finish is satisfyingly warm, with notes of honey, orange, a subtle touch of ginger and a dash of black pepper.

Adding water brings more toffee and oak making it more enjoyable.

This a solid easy drinker, with no harsh or funky tasting notes with a simple but robust flavor profile making an entirely satisfying dram.

I’ve recently included the Kilkerran 12 in my roundup of the best 12 year single malts so you get an idea of how good it is.

Kilkerran 12 facts:

  • Aged for a dozen years using a combination of 70% bourbon and 30% sherry casks.
  • Crafted at the Glengyle Distillery, founded in 1872, closed down in 1925 and reopened in 2004.
  • The name Kilkerran, comes from the Scottish gaelic Cean loch cillie kiaran (Home of Saint Kieran), who is one of the Irish Apostles.

Talisker 10

NoseSmoke, pear, apple
PalateSmoke, dried fruit, mineral notes
FinishLong and pleasantly peppery
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkNeat or add water
Similar toGlenfiddich 12, Clynelish 14

There is a fair amount of smoke on the nose at first, followed by hints of pear, apple and a bit of iodine.

On the palate, the Talisker 10 displays a creamy texture.

Flavor offers a moderate hit of smoke at first, that quickly mellows out into rich dried fruit sweetness, with hints of cereal, black pepper and a mineral note.

The finish is long, with a satisfying warming peppery note and mineral finish with a bit of oak spice and caramel.

Adding a dash of water tunes-down the pepper, while releasing sweet notes, making it easier to sip.

Talisker 10 is a creamy and full flavored whisky. This is a peaty whisky but not as heavy as some of the Islay malts as it does not overpowers other flavors.

Talisker strikes a nice balance between smoke, salinity, peppery notes and honey-like sweetness.

Overall, Talisker 10 is not an entry-level single malt but it makes a solid option for true whisky aficionados that like peat in still moderate amounts in their drinks.

There are a few facts worth knowing about this whisky:

  • Aged in ex-bourbon barrels.
  • Rated Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast.
  • Awarded with 94 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2013.
  • Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.
  • Talisker is an Island Whisky crafted in the Isle of Skye since 1830; founded by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill.

Kilkerran 12 vs Talisker 10: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in local currency:

Kilkerran 12$80£48
Talisker 10$75£45

Kilkerran 12 vs Talisker 10: Which is better?

WhiskeyKilkerran 12Talisker 10
  • The difference comes down to your level of comfort towards smoke as the Talisker hits harder than the Kilkerran but still quite restrained when compared to other malts such as Ardbeg or Lagavulin.
  • There is a place for both in the cabinet but if I had to choose one I would stay with the Kilkerran as it works better as an everyday drinker.