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Longrow Peated vs Kilkerran 12: Which Wins?

Discover the differences between Longrow Peated vs Kilkerran 12 in this head to head comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!

Longrow Peated

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  • Nose: Peat, earth, caramel, citrus
  • Palate: Caramel, red fruit, vanilla, menthol
  • Finish: Smoke, fruit, vanilla, oak spice
  • Alcohol content: 92 proof (46% ABV)
  • How to drink: Add water
  • Similar to: Ardbeg 10

Taste:

Nose hits hard with peat, along an earthy note. Once you get past that initial layer of peat there is some caramel and ripe fruit notes. Aroma is not as peaty and intense as in the Laphroaig 10 but hits hard, nonetheless.

On the palate, the Longrow feels thick providing a good mouthfeel. Flavor brings caramel and red fruit at first, followed by vanilla and a bit of menthol; peat is barely present in the flavor.

The finish lingers with a bit of smoke, a fruity note, along vanilla and oak spice; there is some heat coming late to the party to remind you that you are drinking whisky.

Is it good?

The Longrow is a peated Scotch coming from Campbeltown in an attempt to create an Islay Whisky outside the island.

The result is a whisky not nearly as aggressive as the Laphroaig 10 or the Ardbeg 10 tasting more like the Highland Park 12 but at a higher price and without an age statement.

It has a spicy and warm finish but is not bad. Does not blow me away making me prefer a traditional Islay dram or even other whiskies such as the Springbank 10 that is crafted at the same distillery.

Longrow facts:

  • This malt was formerly known as the Longrow C.V.
  • Does not have an age statement.
  • Aged in bourbon barrels.
  • Non chill-filtered.
  • Does not have artificial caramel-coloring.
  • Crafted at the Springbank distillery in Campbeltown.

Kilkerran 12

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  • Nose: Marzipan, pineapple, vanilla, dates
  • Palate: Vanilla, toffee, honey, orange
  • Finish: Honey, orange, ginger
  • Alcohol content: 92 proof (46% ABV)
  • How to drink: Add water
  • Similar to: Springbank 10, Talisker 10

Taste:

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.

Is it good?

This a solid easy drinker, with no harsh or weird 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 Scotch whiskies so you get an idea of how good it is.

Very enjoyable experience from nose to finish with no let down making something I recommend.

Kilkerran 12 facts:

  • Aged for a dozen years using a combination of 70% bourbon and 30% sherry casks.
  • This malt is free of artificial caramel-coloring and not chill-filtered.
  • 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.

Longrow Peated vs Kilkerran 12: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskyPrice
Longrow Peated$90
Kilkerran 12$94

Longrow Peated vs Kilkerran 12: Which is better?

Kilkerran provides a better experience

WhiskeyLongrow PeatedKilkerran 12
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Value
  • Kilkerran 12 flies under the radar as it’s little known outside Britain but makes one of the best Scotch Whiskies to buy under $100 USD.
  • It makes an entirely satisfying sip with very little warmth and a nice dose of smoke and something I strongly recommend.
  • The Longrow is not bad but I’d rather buy a real Islay Whisky such as the Lagavulin 16 which is more affordable and something well worth buying.