Kingsbarns Balcomie

Overall rating
81.15/100
votes
103
Whiskybase ID
WB168766
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2020
Casktype
100% ex-Oloroso American Oak Sherry Butts
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
811929030562
Added on
01 nov 2020 12:26 pm by Fundramental
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 45.18

6 × in wishlist

103 × member ratings

202 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kingsbarns Balcomie

30 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.15 points.

  1. Testtubebaby scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Too young and unbalanced, sharp. Oloroso is less noticeable in the mouth in the nose. In the nose I found it a bit unpleasantly sour. Price performance is less correct for me

  2. Immerenga scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Rather young, not quite sharp but still… the cask must have been a third or fourth fill.

  3. Soderberg scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    There is definitely potential in this malt, even if it is still a bit young at the moment. Despite its young age, it does not skimp on the influence of barrels and oak notes. Compared to other bottlings from the distillery, however, I have to say that the Kingsbarns Spirit harmonizes a little better with bourbon casks than with sherry. This has also been remarked on several times by Distillery Manager Peter Holroyd. I'm still looking forward to older sherry casks from the distillery.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/kingsbarns-balcomie/
    • Nose
      The first impression is fruity-tart and also spicy with clear oak notes. I would describe the general aroma as dry with a slightly sweet and sour undertone. The bitter notes remind me of the hops in beer. On the fruity side, citrus fruits (lemons and limes) come to mind. The sherry brings dried fruit like raisins and prunes. If you give it some time, or at the latest after the first try, the sweetness asserts itself a little more. The fruit palette is complemented by sweet peaches and currants. At the same time, the oak notes become more intense.
    • Taste
      The start is soft at first, but then brings a slightly sharp tingling sensation to the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel is significantly sweeter than the nose. I find sweet fruits like dried apple rings and apricots. Sour citrus notes contrast with this sweetness. After a few seconds, the oak pushes itself out a little more. The taste is now reminiscent of milk chocolate. In addition, a light nutty note, marzipan balls and clearly cinnamon.
    • Finish
      At first the sweetness comes through, but goes back relatively quickly. I find cinnamon rolls and marzipan balls again. The oak intensifies and milk chocolate increasingly turns into bittersweet hazelnut chocolate. For the age of the malt I find the finish relatively long. Towards the end I have the citrus fruits on my tongue again.

  5. AvLaar scored this whisky 50 points Member Senior

    Geur: vanille fruit gras rubber.
    De alcohol brandt erg. Bitter, medicinaal, niet lekker.

  6. Rody024 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity and floral. Lovely dram with some sweetness and a touch of creaminess. It's a shame that the finish is quite short. Nevertheless, the perfect summer dram!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Lemon, strawberry and very floral
    • Taste
      83 83
      A touch of honey, floral again, pear, butter, vanilla and sweet strawberry cake
    • Finish
      75 75
      Honey

  7. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Quincybeurskens3105 scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Sample nr. 3 Proefolympics

  9. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Trial Olympics 2022 sample 3

    Smell: vanilla, orange, peach, something sour and something musty, almost seems to smell like mushroom, later ginger.
    Flavor: vanilla, more orange peel, bitters
    Finish: bitter, almost seems to have some sulfur in it.

  11. KayMeertens scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Red apple, vanilla, slightly beer-like malt and a bit of smoke. A light whiff of mint.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  12. Master Quill scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    To be honest, after the other Kingsbarns, I saw some potential, but this one isn’t better at all, alas. The nose seems to show the potential, but taste-wise this is lacking a fair bit after the other release. You might think, give it some slack, they are new, just started up and so forth. However, I’m writing this review having just been at the London Whisky Show, and actually this year (2021), a lot of new distilleries were present, and I can report to you that I tasted a lot of fairly new distilleries that have come a long way further with their young Whiskies than Kingsbarns have at this moment. So it can be done. Ardnamurchan and Copenhagen Distillery to name but a few, both from a colder climate, but also Milk and Honey (M&H) from Israel, but they have the advantage of climate which ages the Whisky faster. Still, these are all young distilleries making great Whisky. A lot of work to do for Kingsbarns, just keep at it!

  13. Balticsailor68 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sure a quite young whisky. But for that nice. Fruity, pears apple is can taste, a bit of rasberry, slight oak.
    I like it. Very drinkable.
    I give 87 points as it is obiously one of few examples of pleasing young whiskies of new distilleries.

  14. Vince scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Timid nose: some vanilla and scones. On the tongue a slight cloying sweetness which worsens with water. floral and bitter. latter taking over at the finish with a spicy bite. The problem with this kind of whisky is that I would have no idea when or with what to drink it.

  15. ThorstenH scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Pleasantly round in the mouth, otherwise rather very, very young.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      76 76

  16. SAND scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Fruity. Fresh orchard fruits, some tropical fruit notes as well, lime, a little vanilla. Later also dried fruit notes of dried banana and coconut. In the background some depper and sweeter bourbon (cask) notes. Clean, fruity and nice. (88p).
    TASTE: The arrival is slightly sweet, bourbony and fruity. On the mid palate some wood spice and fruity acidity, while retaining the sweetness. Tastefull (if that makes sense). (87-88p).
    FINISH: The fruitiness now becomes drier and a bit more acidic, the sweetness dries up and the wood spice increases a little. (87p).
    OVERALL: A consistent whisky where the tastecurve curves rather lightly and progresses seemlessly from start to finish. Consistent, predictable and tasty. Also slightly on the acidic side (which I tend to like). But not complex. Total score 87 points.

  17. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    While doing the research on this, it seems like the Internet view is luke warm.

    Some of it seems to be snobbery due to the fact the distillery is Lowland, very new and created by a caddy.

    Then there's also that the oloroso sherry butts that the Balcomie is aged in, were once part of Solera systems and that the spirit can't be more than 5 years old due to the age of the distillery.

    I don't see why any of that matters. I thought this was pretty good.

    I feel like I'm getting increasingly fussy over Sherry influence but a balanced and moderate expression like this one, that can deliver without getting too sweet, is right in my wheelhouse.

    For me, the bulk of the experience took place in the mid section, with the beginning and end in more supporting, resonant roles.

    It started more Sherry heavy but by the end is all Malty and all the while, there are these medium/dark chocolate through lines, complemented by the fruit then umami, then confectionary, barley and finally the leather.

    In terms of a constructed narrative of flavours, not bad at all.

    Texturally, it transitions from buttery to something lighter by the end, but it is never thin and the spice tingles remain for some time.
    • Nose
      Butter, gentle sherry, dry figs, cherries and apples, chocolate digestive biscuits.
    • Taste
      Chocolate covered maraschino cherry fumes with a hint of chili, dry, fruity sherry approach, meaty venison, tart black current jam, bitter and tangy orange peel, more chocolate - rich and not too bitter, cracked black pepper.
    • Finish
      S'mores, cinnamon-heavy Ovaltine and then astringent leather very late in the game. The last notes end up on the roof of my mouth.

  18. MacArthur scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    An interesting young single malt. You can try it, but I wouldn't buy it for the price. 46% look good on him.

  19. riegerjonas scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    2021-10-06
    • Nose
      78 78
      Acid, green apple, caramel sweetness
    • Taste
      76 76
      very youthful hot, weak and soapy, light sweet sherry notes, bitter wood notes
    • Finish
      77 77
      short and woody

  20. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Yeah, not bad, had some worse things so young from my German homeland, but also from Japan. At the same time a bit characterless and especially in the finish, the extreme youth comes through.
    • Nose
      Light malt, some chocolate, orange blossom, gooseberry, gentle toffee, very subtle green and still unripe pineapple
    • Taste
      Apricot, blossom honey, gooseberry, ginger, becomes very tart after 5-10 seconds, green apple, lemongrass, soft pineapple, some white pepper and chilli, crispy malt
    • Finish
      Lemongrass, green apple, lemon peel, chilli, malt, short to medium long

  22. WhiskyCircus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is really not a good whisky, seldom drunk such a bad, unbalanced and immature whisky. In addition, it does not justify the price in any way. I wouldn't even buy it again for 5 €. The smell was probably the best. A disappointment across the board.

    I bet that the whisky could have stayed in the barrel longer and still hadn't changed the finish. It would probably have gotten worse. That happens when you don't value quality.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Fine fruity, alcoholic, delicate sherry note, everything points to a nice, slightly sherry-heavy whisky
    • Taste
      70 70
      At the beginning (first 2 seconds) soft, slightly sweet, but then increasingly really acrid alcoholic notes and a tingling sensation like with mineral water. With all my love I can't find any sherry, now there are just sour, unpleasant notes, possibly very light or a hint of dark chocolate, but as often as I've tried it, the taste just doesn't change much.
    • Finish
      60 60
      The sour to grassy notes, possibly also clover, remain towards the end, short to medium-long.

  23. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    an easy-drinking-dram, simple and solid
    no painting for me
    there is hardly any sherry to be noticed in the nose
    • Nose
      Weird musty, young malt, a little sherry comes, very slightly nutty, a lot of banana (so these chocolate-jelly-bananas)

      from 1920s: very spicy, the alcohol tingles, a lot of young malt, slightly earthy, slightly cheesy
      with water: more of the cheesy note, vanilla (like cookies and cheesecake), a chemical note
    • Taste
      soft, round and oily on the palate
      slightly sherry, oak, bitter, slightly sulfur becomes more, slightly chocolate ~ 60%, sparkling, a note that I cannot name, banana is coming
    • Finish
      medium long
      tart, chocolate ~ 65%, slightly herbaceous, tingling

      slightly astringent on the tongue

  24. Dris scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. Dutchdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet and fruity. At first I smell caramel and all sorts of toffees and a hint of vanilla. Followed by a bit of honey. Fruity notes like caramelized apples, lemon, redberries and dates. At the end it stays sweet with notes of sorbet ice cream.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Less fruity but more spices. It stays sweet with notes of vanilla, caramel and milky chocolate. A note of dates. Spicy now with notes of cinnamon, ginger and cake spices. At the end an oaky note.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A little bit on the short side unfortunately. But the notes are clear. Caramel, vanilla, milky chocolate and some walnuts.

  26. geriud scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  27. RoytjeV scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  28. g2ther scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  29. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Another bottling from the probably most-overhyped new distillery Kingsbarns. This bottling joins the ranks of the other previous Kingsbarns bottlings that continue to deliver ammunition to the abundant prejudices against Kingsbarns (e.g. Gadget Distillery for the abundant golfers there).
    • Nose
      85 85
      Tender and fruity, light sherry aromas, some gooseberries, pears and green apples
    • Taste
      82 82
      Soft, but rich sherry notes, dried fruits, quite 'meaty', herbs and soft oak aromas
    • Finish
      79 79
      A little sharpness and out of round finish, becomes quite bitter and woody

  30. whisky313 scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    official information:

    This Single Malt from the family owned distillery in the Kingdom of Fife has been distilled using Fife barley and matured in ex-Oloroso American Oak Sherry Butts used previously for maturing Sherry. These casks were chosen for their gentle oak flavours and sherry rich sweetness to compliment the fruit character of the Kingsbarns spirit.

    A perfect balance between the spirit and the wood.

    CATEGORY: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    REGION: Lowland
    CASK TYPE: 100% ex-Oloroso American Oak Sherry Butts
    ABV: 46% alc./vol.
    CHILL FILTRATION: No
    COLOUR: Natural
    RETAIL SELLING PRICE (incl. VAT): £49.99

    tasting notes by Peter Holroyd (Distillery Manager)

    NOSE:
    Treacle, sultanas, fruit loaf with cinnamon icing, a touch of dark chocolate with summer berries.

    PALATE:
    Sweet tinned pineapple up front, orange peel, cake spice.

    FINISH:
    Lots of dried apricot and a hint of roasted hazelnut on the finish.

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