St. Kilian Single Cask – David’s Choice – Unpeated

Rich, Dried Fruits
The St. Kilian distillery never fails to surprise us with an endless series of single cask releases. They are consistently adventurous, continuously exploring new avenues to create unique single malts. Today's "David's Choice" comes from a cask that caught David Haynes' attention during a tasting session in Bunker City.
This whisky matured for 6 years in a fresh chestnut wood cask. Today, we'll see what effect this unusual wood had on it.
Note: David Haynes is one of the masterminds behind St. Kilian distillery and personally co-responsible for its planning.
St. Kilian Single Cask – David’s Choice – Unpeated
St. Kilian Single Cask – David’s Choice – Unpeated (Preview Image Source: St. Kilian)
Single Malt Whisky | 5 Year Old | 58,40 % ABV. | 139,80 €/l | St. Kilian Distillery | produced in Germany | Whiskybase ID 252356


Right from the start, the dark, intense color catches our eye. And just as expected, the nose doesn't disappoint. The intense aroma of freshly cut wood immediately fills the air. We discover lush notes of warm chestnuts and a dry sweetness reminiscent of raisins. Behind that, there's an aroma of dried fruits.


On the palate, this single malt continues to impress. Intense and oily, it coats the entire mouth. We taste a versatile blend of dried fruits and forest herbs. It offers a myriad of wood flavors, leaving a dry, warming sensation on the palate.


The finish is exceptionally long, especially for a non-smoky whisky. Fruit notes continue to dominate, providing a warming sensation. We're reminded of a sweet chutney, rounded off by delicate tobacco leaves and full-bodied wood tones.


Although it's obvious, chestnut is not oak. It's fair to say that David's Choice is somewhat atypical. No fresh oak cask would develop such dark fruity notes with such intensity. This makes this already delicious single malt even more exceptional and interesting. However, its high intensity might pose a challenge for beginners.

Rating: 83/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 83 | Sascha: 83)

Value for Money: 3/5 - Acceptable

Product for review provided free of charge by St. Kilian Distillers
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