Kingsbarns Bell Rock

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts & ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Jun 2021 3:30 pm by Amsterdam

Average value

£ 62.89

3 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kingsbarns Bell Rock

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.35 points

  1. Official tasting note

    Kingsbarns "Bell Rock" is our new limited release for 2021.

    This single malt is distilled using Fife barley and then expertly blended from spirit matured in two types of casks: ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts & ex-Bourbon Barrels. After the Kingsbarns spirit has been matured in these casks, the resulting whisky is filled with flavours of fruit & spice.

    CATEGORY: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    REGION: Lowland
    MATURED IN: Ex-Oloroso American Oak Sherry Butts & Ex-Bourbon Barrels
    ABV: 46% alc./vol.
    COLOUR: Natural

  2. Thoma scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Although I understand the position of this release as it shows Kingsbarns in sherry+bourbon I still feel it a bit rushed.
    • Nose
      Biscuits, white chocolate, plastic floor, then vanilla, green apples, latte. Nice on the nose.
    • Taste
      It disappoints a bit on the palate. Follows the nose: white chocolate, apple, a bit dry and malty. Dried grass, wood. Too much alcohol here.

  3. RJKrueger scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A very unbalanced malt that disappoints more and more after a promising start. The price doesn't fit into the picture here. There is better on the market for half of them.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Nice nose with citrus notes, light fruits and some grassy herbs. Clear preponderance of ex-bourbon casks.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Somewhat sweetness, a little spiciness, but little complexity. You can't really see anything from Oloroso.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Short, flat finish, a bit flat and slightly soapy.

  4. Banzai scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Ninofdram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Derufus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    It has a nice nose, then it gets out of hand with too much oak spice and spiciness. I admit a bit of a disappointment.
    • Nose
      sweet, fruity, malty, a little sherry, a little citrus, fresh, a little wet stone. Unspectacular, but beautiful. Quite round in a certain youthful maturity.
    • Taste
      amazingly spicy, peppery, the opposite of the nose, liquorice, now it suddenly appears young and unbalanced.
    • Finish
      The finish is spicy and tart, with aromas of sherry, which, however, also have little depth, rather slightly casually musty aromas. Unfortunately also a somewhat blinding aftertaste.

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The Kingsbarns Bell Rock is fine, but lacks a little interest.
    • Nose
      Notes of pickled lemon, lime zest, a whiff of copper coins as well as some mineral touches. Some vanilla sugar and a touch of pot ale. Slightly spirity also.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouthfeel accompanied by a spicy, nutty arrival. Peanut skins, white pepper and cloves mainly. Some sweet powdered sugar and honey followed by barley-infused water.
    • Finish
      Short to medium in length. Gentle orchard fruits.

  9. 2ndSip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite fruity on the nose, the sherry aroma only develops over time - give the malt enough time to breathe.
    The Oloroso sherry is then more evident in the taste.
    If you are into Oloroso sherry with nutty aromas and dark chocolate, you can really consider buying it;
    whereas an average of 68 euros is a house number ... first of all a sample is certainly useful.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get a second bottle? Perhaps...]
    • Nose
      86 86
      initially light-fruity from apricot, apple and pear (all slightly sweet);
      but there is immediately another tone that is reminiscent of sherry: something nutty (mix of almond, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan).
      The more he can breathe, the clearer the sherry tone becomes. The sherry has a certain sweetness, but without looking superimposed.
      In the background, spices (Italian herbs) and spices from nutmeg and minimal oak wood appear gradually.
      Even later: brown sugar and marzipan.
    • Taste
      85 85
      soft start, the spice builds up, remains at a "normal" level.
      It quickly becomes creamy and viscous in the mouth.
      The sherry and especially the typical Oloroso notes come through very well: nutty aromas are clearly present.
      It also gets a little drier and oak tannins stick to the tongue.
      Dark chocolate and slightly tart notes come up slowly, but do not turn completely into bitterness.
      Second sip: sweeter, fruity. The sherry comes back right away.
      Overall, halfway well balanced between fruit and sherry, even if the sherry is a bit more evident.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium to long finish with oak tannins and Oloroso sherry flavors, especially nutty notes.
      Drought continues - but it works.
      Nice dark dark chocolate with a high cocoa content lasts for a long time.


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