St. Kilian Signature Edition Three starts the distillery’s smoky whisky chapter
The third single malt whisky from Rüdenau was launched at the Interwhisky in Frankfurt
With their third single malt whisky release, the St. Kilian distillery fulfills their fans' hope for a smoky whisky: Following the unpeated editions One and Two, the St. Kilian Signature Edition Three plays the game of the peat.
It’s not an outbursting smoky experience made by 100% heavily peated malt, but St. Kilian decided to create a a composition of Scottish peated malt and unpeated German Pilsner Malt. “This mix produces a spicy, medium-strong smoke intensity of the whisky, with a phenol content of the malt of 38 ppm which still leaves air for further," Master Distiller Mario Rudolf is quoted in a press release.
Matured in American oak only
American oak casks hosted the whisky for the St. Kilian Signature Edition Three. These were mainly (94%) 190-liter casks , which formerly contained Tennessee whiskey, and to a much smaller amount of 6% 50-liter ex-bourbon casks from Texas craft distillery Garrison Brothers of which Mario Rudolf is always very enthusiastic: "We love the barrels of the Garrison Brothers simply because they bring so much character in the spirit - especially vanilla, caramel and spicy accents."
At the Interwhisky in Frankfurt, the St.Kilian Signature Edition Three had its premiere and is now available in stores - as long as the stock of whiskey limited to 6,300 bottles will last. It was bottled with 50% ABV, uncolored and unchill-filtered. The Three is presents stylishly in the Pot-Still-like bottle known from the One and Two, but this time the label it not held in black, but shows up in a white design.
Official tasting notes for the St. Kilian Three
Appearance: bright golden yellow Nose: Warm campfire smoke combines with ripe pear, sweet caramel cream, fine vanilla, roasted malt and a slight note of sage.
Taste: Exciting tingling with fresh citrus notes surrounded by pleasantly spicy smoke and grilled Mediterranean herbs - while minerally fresh with a hint of caramel, vanilla and oak.
Finish: Medium length with spicy-light peat smoke, licorice with a little lemon peel.
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