- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Limited Release
- Calculated age
- 03 years old
- American Oak Bourbon Barrels, STR Red Wine
- Number of bottles
- 59.2 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- L220620 3 14:55 BB
- Added on
- 19 jul 2020 6:09 pm by Wearthefoxhat
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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
- YouTube Blind Tasting Review: https://youtu.be/_nkh_DIUwp4
- Simple, yet elegant and right up my alley. Precision distilling at its finest.
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.
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.
Soft spices and gentle orchard fruits. Finally some lingering grassy notes.
- 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.
A strong floral note of jasmine and honeysuckle. Honeyed mango, vanilla saffron custard, banana, wine gums and strawberry fondant.
Sugary shortbread, exotic fruits such as mango and papaya. Coconut chips changes to a more astringent and complex oak spice.
Intense yet fruity, oaky spice.
ABV:59.2% - RRP:£59.99
- 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
- Quite young, quite to to point, very nice profile.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
Green apples, banana, some florals, rich vanilla, some honey, some spices.
Apples, sweet wine, vanilla, some yellow fruits, hints of cones, florals.
Short to medium. Citrus, honey, hints of vanilla.
- 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
acetone, sourdough starter, rye bread, vanilla
better with a few drops of water, honey, flowery, malty
- Slightly golden, straw-colored. Light oily.
Pretty intense. Sweetish. Vanilla. Perfumed lightly. Floral. Distant notes of red wine, red fruit. Alcohol very well hidden. Some floral notes.
Sweet. Very vanilla. There are spices. Hot pepper.
Sweet. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Later, light cocoa and dark chocolate come out. Spices. White pepper. Caramel again. Medium-long finish.
- 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 ...
- Nose - hay, light smoke, flowers, perfume (21)
Taste - bitter-sweet, honey notes, prickly (20)
Finish - short, tart (20)
- 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
- 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
- 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...
Sweet, honey, floral and light (although the strong alcohol), grassy. True crowd pleaser.
Hint of bitter, oranges, pepper, sweet and a bit metallic. Sherry and/or red wind. Elderberries.
Houtkrullen + dry in the mouth. Metal and bitters stays in the mouth… Great finish.
- 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.
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.
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.
The finish is tart on citrus, a little mint and a bit grassy. Everything rather easy, but still not fleeting.
- benefits well from a splash of water.