Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon & 1st Fill Ex-Wine
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Jan 2019 1:21 pm by Bosi

Average value

€ 46,66

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146 × member ratings

401 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.82 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

    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. coldsun scored this whisky 59 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. galg33 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Nose: Creamy and sweet with vanilla, apple and pear pie, with soft spices, and feels fresh and young. with quite some alcohol and pencil shavings, creme Catalan and a hint of banana with some new-make notes. not bad, but showing its young age, of course.

    Palate: bitter sweet with lots of vanilla, and toasted oak, bitter coffee beans, apple and citrus peel. quite wood driven despite its young age. but the balance is good.

    Finish: short, with toasted wood, bitter chocolate, and apple peel, cereals.

  8. rpvdwel scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  9. DB1965 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A very young whisky. Suitable for the summer or as a heater for a tasting. A distillery with potential.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Young with a hint of New Make Spirit, malty, light, fruity and floral, pineapple and berries with herbs
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sharp edges, alcohol, then toffee, custard, cookies
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short aftertaste, honey and again malty, pepper, ginger

  10. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    he wants time but then .....
    where was the wine barrel left?
    OK for 3 years but I expected something more
    • Nose
      starts thin and behaving
      Shortbread (class), slightly oak later becomes freshly sawn wood, light fruit (so peach), metal touch
      dark caramel is coming
      later: bitterness, (spiny) berry, nice vanilla, some lemon
    • Taste
      soft and full on the palate
      hmmm in the beginning was somehow not clearly identified
      then spicy
      later: red berry and a slightly chemical note, malt, floury apple
    • Finish
      medium long
      spicy, oak comes and gets stronger, browned apple


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