St. Kilian Signature Edition Nine

Mellow, Sweet Fruity
2022-09-26
The German distillery St. Kilian regularly releases its Signature Edition. Behind this 3-year matured single malt whisky is an exciting cask combination that can lead to an interesting result.
St. Kilian Signature Edition Nine
St. Kilian Signature Edition Nine (Image Source: genuss-selektion.de)

See

The German Whisky from Upper Franconia was matured in bourbon barrels (62%), Sauternes barrels (27%) and casks made of Palatinate oak (11%). The Signature Edition is delivered in the usual pot-still bottle shape, which by now has a high recognition value.

Smell

Solvent dominates - clearly, the lion's share matured in bourbon barrels. Behind that, there are slight wooden aromas. After a good half hour in the glass, the fruity, citrusy and wine-like notes are released. We smell sultanas and dates, citrus, pineapple and pear.

Taste

The initial taste is "hella sweet". The taste is clearly dominated by fresh fruity pear. With its 55.3% ABV, a few drops of water do no harm at all. The pear, apple and light fruits are more clearly defined. New notes that make us think of vanilla ice cream with strawberries and cherry also shine out. The composition is accompanied by a subtle woody spiciness.

Finish

The Signature Edition lingers slightly dry on the palate and leaves a strawberry note.

Conclusion

"Tastes like the Starward Left-Field on steroids" was Sascha's first statement after the tasting. For a maturation of around 3 years, the single malt from Germany is a real bomb, because it tastes neither particularly young nor lacking in flavour. However, the price of the whisky is rather high, so we wouldn't necessarily buy a bottle of this.

82/100 - Excellent
(Marcel: 81 | Sascha: 83)

Value for Money: Sufficient

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