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Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

Overall rating
81.72/100
votes
167
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Vintage
2015
Bottled
2018
Calculated age
03 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon & 1st Fill Ex-Wine
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
811929030111
Added on
24 Jan 2019 1:21 pm by Bosi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 46.52

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167 × member ratings

416 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.72 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Of course, the stuff is way too young! It is nice, however, that one has used "honest" barrels and has not thrown a deep brown sauce on the market, in which every whisky is damned beyond recognition. In contrast to many whiskys, which only rise in the air, this unfortunately collapses in itself, so you should hurry up a bit when Verriechen. Overall, he is quite neat for his three years, to what extent one can deduce something there for the future, is left open, legitimate hopes but you can definitely make. Another tip: it is more pleasant to drink when it is slightly chilled.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Surprisingly full and ripe immediately after pouring. Green notes, some cereals, a light citrus touch and also slight sweetness. That's far less New Makey than feared. After he was allowed to breathe for a while now, I have a first momentum of peach compote in my nose, but it is immediately chased away by fresh New Make notes. Only exercise revives the whole thing again, but the beautiful nose has unfortunately disappeared from the beginning. Anyway, it's really more fermented new make than whisky now. A pity, if I had known that, I would not have stopped breathing so quickly. Heat brings back some life to the shack, vinous notes are now in the foreground and the peaches are to be guessed again, but now also bites the alcohol in the nose and the bread is still there. Vanilla is still to be found, just before too much heat makes the nose musty. If it cools down again, I get a brief impression of black bread with Nutella.
    • Taste
      77 77
      In the mouth it is slightly oily, the alcohol is also ahead, but tamed, as was to be feared. He does not remember alcohol. On the flavors side, herbs and bright honey give a rendezvous, behind there's still a decent load of white pepper. In the second sip he seems a bit sprightly, the sweetness is now rather sugary and it gets slightly metallic at the back. In the third sip, unfortunately, this trend continues, the alcohol is now very harsh and the sweetness is now almost completely gone to the herbs.
    • Finish
      77 77
      The finish is not that short. The herbs are already forgotten when the pepper is gone. Instead, the honey slowly gives way to its carrier surface: the bread. After about two minutes, then everything is over, even to the bread reminds nothing more.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Context
    At the end of 2018 the long awaited first release from the Kingsbarns Distillery arrived. Dream to Dram, well done. And obviously we need to approach this single malt in context: young, first release, cut – so do not expect a belter, but an entry level malt from this new kid on the block. It is – luckily – also priced accordingly: a bottle will only set you back some 40 to 45 EUR.
    Clearly very young on the nose. The new make is still discernable. Apart from that, I get a Lowland style nose with citrus, vanilla, freshly cut grass, flowers, peach and pineapple. Summer in the glass. Nice nose!
    There is clearly some room for improvement on the palate. It a touch watery and somewhat sharp on white pepper with lots of alcohol. This clearly needs more time in the cask to develop further, but you do get a nice picture of what direction Kingsbarns is going and I have to say that I like it. Soft vanilla, some orange juice and a drop of honey, but not much else at this point.
    The finish is somewhat short – but that’s fine – on citrus, pepper and honey.
    Quite straightforward and lacking in character at this point, but that’s no surprise. The nose was already pretty good. This introduction can be savored as an aperitif while we eagerly await more – older – releases. Thanks for the sample, Imanuel.

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    strong, crispy-grained, slightly scratchy-sprittig (young stop), pepper, splash of lemon, with water you get the scratchy away, then lemon / banana and honey sweetness, but too thin - beautiful Optimum is not.
    That can become something, feels like potential, but bottles in such a young, I do not have to have. The 44 € I begrudge those anyway, should invest in a good camp.

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    The nose is really very promising, fresh and light, but then the body really disappoints. Very thin, is this really 46% Abv? It lacks character, and depth.
    Of course this is only 3 year old whisky, so the question is: Was this ready to bottle? In my opinion: Not yet, although I can understand people are curious and a distillery likes to meet the waiting ones.
    I tasted this together with new make and a single cask, my conclusion over all: Promising stuff, but give it some more time.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very light, fresh, grassy, freshly mowed grass. Also floral, the green of plants. Some yellow fruit, lemon.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Oh my, as promising as the nose is, as weak is the body. Watery mouthfeel, caramel, orange. Thin, not much taste or depth. A bit of honey.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Now a little more pepper and power, orange, honey, licorice. Still not very convincing, and not too long.

  5. Bosi scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    For three years, this whisky really succeeded. He meets exactly the Lowland profile that Kingsbarns wanted to achieve. I am looking forward to future bottlings.
    • Nose
      The nose offers a beautiful fruity-floral Lowland note, as intended by Kingsbarns: lemons, bananas and pears meet Werther's real, vanilla and a hint of spice.
    • Taste
      The taste is light, but the texture is wonderfully creamy. Again, a strong vanilla influence is noticeable, flanked by pudding and apples.
    • Finish
      The finish is short to medium in length and offers kumquats, a little pepper and a very delicate bitterness.

  6. dandan798 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    It's very, very young, yes, but I already think this stuff will be excellent in a couple more years.
    • Nose
      83 83
      alcoholic, barley, malt, chocolate, herbal, alpine flowers, sweetness,
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet, fruits, herbal, malt, starchy, chocolate, spices, wood, honey, flowery, vanilla
    • Finish
      82 82
      herbal, sweet, malt, chocolate, fruit, slight bitter wood note, anise, oats, starch

  7. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. coldsun scored this whisky 59 points Expert Senior

    Apple, wood, spring flowers, honey, almond, flowers, pear, sweet malt. Light citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla.

  9. brechtvds scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    very young whisky but it's a very promising flavour profile they have a very strong and good spirit they have managed to perfectly make a whisky in the light floral and fruity flavour profile lowland whisky is known for really looking forward to future releases
    • Nose
      very young nose but i dont get any off notes its a very balanced nose no chemical note to be found here , white fruit granny smith apple ,malt , honey ,vanilla some citrus notes as well
    • Taste
      fruity and light flavors white fruit again granny smith apple , some oak ,pineapple , grapes
    • Finish
      herbal and fruity finish rather short

  10. Coldorak scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Color: white burgundy
    • Nose
      75 75
      Malty and grainy, some almonds, vanilla and yeast. You can smell its young age, almost new make
    • Taste
      78 78
      Spicy and slightly drying, coffee, toast, nuts, nutmeg, some herbs. As for the nose, feels almost new makey, it's still very young, you can't hide it.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Longer than expected. Pepperish and some herbs.

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