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.