Perhaps the best value single malt currently on the market. This is a bottling from Campbeltown’s “forgotten” third distillery, Glengyle. Glengyle first reopened in 2004, under the management of the esteemed Mitchell family of Springbank fame. After several younger bottlings were released under “Work in Progress” range, this bottle first hit the shelves in 2016, suggesting that the work had been completed. This can then be considered Kilkerran’s regular entry-level release. And a beautiful dram it is too, lightly peated and matured in a mixture of 70% bourbon casks and 30% sherry casks. Kilkerran 12 is bottled at 46% ABV, without chill filtration or colouring. The nose brings lovely nutty aromas of marzipan and hazelnuts, alongside a honey drenched cherry note. The palate is buttery and approachable, with strong honeycomb and toffee notes accompanied by a slight citrus note and cask pungency. On the finish the Campbeltown character really takes hold, with salinity and slight earthiness that lasts and lasts.