Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Calculated age
03 years old
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

€ 45,95

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173 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.67 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. 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. Dris scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Lorion scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    A surprisingly great nose. The palate is then unspectacular and noticeably young. 74 points.
    • Nose
      "Very lovely. Sweet, a distinct, delicate vanilla. A little lychee and mild citrus aromas.
      Oak brings out some time. "
    • Taste
      Sweet. Vanilla and honey. A somewhat young, sprightly aftertaste. Sweet, but flat in the taste.
    • Finish
      Medium length and subtly sweet.

  8. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Young with room for improvement. Nose is really beautiful. Soft notes of honey, hay, oatmeal, chamomile, flowers, dew drops, lemon.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Myke scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    A fruit bomb in the nose (lots of bright fruits). The taste is fruity and sweet with vanilla in the foreground. Very good for a 3 year old. All in all, uncomplicated to sip in a relaxed atmosphere.
    • Nose
      79 79
      light (stone) fruits, very fruity in the direction of apricot, peach, a little mango and a light citrus aroma. Vanilla and some honey aroma behind. Later the vanilla note prevails.
    • Taste
      80 80
      first fruity again, then a spicy start (the 46 vol. percent push the whisky in the right direction). It becomes sweeter with a slightly creamy, oily feeling in the mouth. The vanilla gets through more.
    • Finish
      70 70
      relatively short - good is only 3 years old, where should the flavors come from. For the 3 years but OK. The fruity lasts for a long time and stays together with a fresh, woody aroma, but in a good sense and well integrated.

  10. 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


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