Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 45.69

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Whisky Reviews for Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.92 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. Archer scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    As young as he is, he presents and tastes so young. No blender, no superficial whitening by any kind of finish. Can be something.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Reminds at the beginning with its hearty pear note to a Williams fire. Overall, very fruity, with lemon, green apple and pear floating above everything. Some honey, a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Despite being only 46% quite aggressive. Slightly oily texture. Fruit outweighs, pear, green apple, lemon. Some toffee and milk chocolate. Acts young according to his age.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Relatively short, slightly dry to bitter, with pear, green apple, honey and coffee powder.

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    an impressive 3-year-old, but just a 3-year-old. Nice summer whisky, which makes you want more, older copies of the distillery.
    • Nose
      young, apples, cider, fresh, some cereals, sweet white wine, light sawdust, also slightly wet cardboard.
    • Taste
      soft, fresh and fruity, tart notes, licorice, prickeldes mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      again some apples, then subtly vinous notes, but rather licorice and a tart, herbaceous edge.

  9. lucero scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Wuid scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
      Young, crispy, bread-like, vanilla, citrus
    • Taste
      75 75
      Creamy sweetness, but still too young, alcohol, citrus, vanilla, light spice
    • Finish
      73 73
      short and only in the mouth


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