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Kingsbarns Family Reserve

Overall rating
84.03/100
votes
89
Whiskybase ID
WB162281
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
2020
Calculated age
03 years old
Casktype
American Oak Bourbon Barrels, STR Red Wine
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
59.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L220620 3 14:55 BB
Barcode
811929030555
Added on
19 jul 2020 6:09 pm by Wearthefoxhat
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 51.63

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Whisky Reviews for Kingsbarns Family Reserve

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.03 points

  1. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    YouTube Blind Tasting Review: https://youtu.be/_nkh_DIUwp4
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Simple, yet elegant and right up my alley. Precision distilling at its finest.
    • Nose
      A good amount of vanilla custard and crème brûlée, as well as feint notes of lemon zest and maybe even some grassy notes. After a while more orchard fruits like green apple and honey. Also a touch of white pepper, followed by warmer spices like cinnamon. Even a whiff of wet pebbles.
    • Taste
      Creamy and a sweeter arrival than expected. Notes of honey as well as some juicy stone fruits, but then a Pulteney-like spicy encore, which I totally love.
    • Finish
      Soft spices and gentle orchard fruits. Finally some lingering grassy notes.

  3. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Distillery official information:

    Kingsbarns 'Family Reserve' is our new whisky series which will see an annual limited release high strength bottling. This series was inspired by the fact that Isabella Wemyss selects each and every cask that we mature our spirit in, and this range releases honours the development plan that she has produced for the company for many, many years to come.

    Isabella has been very careful to ensure that whatever casks she selects for filling, that it's the right fit to our fruity, floral Kingsbarns character and you can see the delicate balance between the spirit and the wood in this release.

    2020 is the first of our annual high strength bottlings of our lowland single malt Scotch Whisky. Using the same recipe as our flagship Dream to Dram release, we have bottled at a higher strength and matured whisky for several months in marrying casks to intensify the flavours and aromas.

    NOSE:
    A strong floral note of jasmine and honeysuckle. Honeyed mango, vanilla saffron custard, banana, wine gums and strawberry fondant.

    PALATE:
    Sugary shortbread, exotic fruits such as mango and papaya. Coconut chips changes to a more astringent and complex oak spice.

    FINISH:
    Intense yet fruity, oaky spice.

    ABV:59.2% - RRP:£59.99

  4. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This bottling gives a great insight into the Kingsbarns DNA. Despite his young age, he has already built up a clear complexity. I look forward to older bottlings from the distillery. Be sure to experiment with water too!

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/kingsbarns-family-reserve-2020/
    • Nose
      Pleasantly soft and sweet on the nose. The alcohol is surprisingly well integrated. Bourbon aromas are clearly in the foreground. I find caramel, custard, fudge and toffee. There is also a slightly fresh citrus note, which, together with the sweetness, reminds me of lemon cake. If you give it a few minutes more time, aromatic, slightly floral fruity notes of apricots and ripe pears are also mixed in. This is complemented by slightly spicy pastry notes that I would attribute to the STR casks, as well as some hazelnut milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      It starts out just as soft and velvety at first, then a clearly sharp alcohol note quickly settles on the tongue. The mouthfeel is initially syrupy sweet with caramel and vanilla. Then the fruits intensify (lemons, oranges, pears, green apples and apricots). After a few seconds, the oak finally comes through and brings spicy and bittersweet notes.
    • Finish
      It is initially sweet again in the throat, then the oak with its bittersweet notes and roasted aromas prevails. The mouthfeel becomes significantly drier. Overall, the finish is relatively long and pleasant. In the aftermath, the vanilla and lemons come out again very gently.

      With water:
      With a little water, the aroma in the nose appears a little more open and intense. Bourbon notes alternate great with the fruits. It is much more pleasant on the tongue and fluctuates between syrupy sweetness and sour citrus notes. In the finish, the sweetness remains present until the end. Overall, it looks much rounder with water.

  5. VEF206 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Goethe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Quite young, quite to to point, very nice profile.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Green apples, banana, some florals, rich vanilla, some honey, some spices.
    • Taste
      Apples, sweet wine, vanilla, some yellow fruits, hints of cones, florals.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. Citrus, honey, hints of vanilla.

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. eselsim scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Very pungent and alcohol is dominant, harsh, too young
    But who knows, give it another 10-15 years in a second fill bourbon, that might be promising
    • Nose
      acetone, sourdough starter, rye bread, vanilla
    • Taste
      better with a few drops of water, honey, flowery, malty
    • Finish
      short, warming

  9. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Slightly golden, straw-colored. Light oily.
    • Nose
      Pretty intense. Sweetish. Vanilla. Perfumed lightly. Floral. Distant notes of red wine, red fruit. Alcohol very well hidden. Some floral notes.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Very vanilla. There are spices. Hot pepper.
    • Finish
      Sweet. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Later, light cocoa and dark chocolate come out. Spices. White pepper. Caramel again. Medium-long finish.

  10. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  12. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    20 19 19 19 77

    The nose is dusty and alcoholic, yeah ...
    The taste is bitter, even very IMHO, the aftertaste is dry and weak, well, in winter you can try it, but why? ... maybe you need it with water? So it's already a bitter, strange release ...

  13. olegborgol scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nose - hay, light smoke, flowers, perfume (21)
    Taste - bitter-sweet, honey notes, prickly (20)
    Finish - short, tart (20)

  14. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. Gordon84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: melon, grapes, star fruits, vanilla, pineapple, acacia honey, ginger, apples, rhubarb, gummy bears, pears, sage, strawberries, peaches, dried mint, chocolate, desiccated coconut, mangoes, butter

    The taste gives me a fruity, fresh mouthfeel, with water it becomes sweeter, powdered sugar is added, grapes and pineapple, various herbs swing in the background, e.g. sage, fennel, mint and pepper.

    In the finish I have pineapples and apples again, I really like white wine together with vanilla and the spices, at the end a portion of coconut and oak comes through.

    This young Kingsbarns is a lot of fun and is extremely tasty, but I don't enjoy it without a good dash of water

  17. man2392 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2 yeasts used- anchor and fermentus blend. Double distilled- 90% first fill bourbon, 10% STR
    Nose: vanilla, sawdust, pencil shavings, seaside rock, sharp cheddar and golden syrup
    Palate: buttered toast with drizzled honey, hot flush (lemongrass and ginger kick) and lemon possett
    Finish: very fragrant, jasmine and patchouli
    With water- piel de sapo melon and pear drops

    Tasted with distiller Peter Holroyd as part of Fife Whisky Festival Fae Fife

  18. Derufus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. Ninofdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. face scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. -sAxo- scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. Falang scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Very nice bittersweet dram. Crowdpleaser! Surprising for the young age. Nice but not ‘mindblown’. Sweet. Honey. Pepper and bitters, that stay long in the taste and the finish...
    • Nose
      71 71
      Sweet, honey, floral and light (although the strong alcohol), grassy. True crowd pleaser.
    • Taste
      73 73
      Hint of bitter, oranges, pepper, sweet and a bit metallic. Sherry and/or red wind. Elderberries.
    • Finish
      73 73
      Houtkrullen + dry in the mouth. Metal and bitters stays in the mouth… Great finish.

  25. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Amazing for a 3 year old and really good this time too. Pleasingly straightforward, despite any Rechared Red Wine Barrels. Appears honest and not clumped together. Great.
    • Nose
      light and fresh, some grain, light fruit, a little yeasty, butter croissant. Over time, the fruity notes come to the fore, citrus, melon, plus something grassy. Pretty nice. With water, the nose becomes sweeter, creamier, fruity, the honeydew melon is extremely distinctive, but it now also looks a little more youthful.
    • Taste
      pure sweet and strong, the malt is surprisingly gentle for the youth and the alcohol in the mouth. Sweet, cooked light fruits, creamy. With water, the bitterly sweet aromas are preserved.
    • Finish
      The finish is tart on citrus, a little mint and a bit grassy. Everything rather easy, but still not fleeting.

  27. Expraesi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. Sylvia scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Dominique69 scored this whisky 80 points Photo Moderator

    benefits well from a splash of water.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  30. jkswift scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  31. Othorion scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

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