Kingsbarns Spirit Drink

Overall rating
78.66/100
votes
94
Whiskybase ID
WB72989
Category
Spirit
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2015
Bottled
2015
Strength
63.5 % Vol.
Size
200 ml 200 ml
Bottle code
L 28 07 15
Barcode
094922371232
Added on
12 oct 2015 7:39 am by Nickname
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 16.83

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Whisky reviews for Kingsbarns Spirit Drink

29 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 78.66 points.

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    The nose is already pretty rich for just spirit. In taste the alcohol overpowers other tastes already a little, in the finish the taste of alcohol really gets overwhelming.
    So, well, pretty promising stuff, it really has some good potential, definately.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity and light, citrus, grassy and floral, burnt nuts. Alcohol surprisingly light for this 63,5%, although after some while it's getting more and more prominent.
    • Taste
      79 79
      It starts pretty gentle and friendly, then it's comes in pretty hard. Clearly some pure alcohol, pickering and bitter. But also some sweet fruity notes, peach, herbal, some caramel too. Later on caramel comes in more and more.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Now pretty much bitter alcohol, it numbs the tongue a little, with a light taste of drop or licorice. Not very long, only the alcohol goes on pretty long.

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  3. geriud scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  4. bankimate scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    simple, easy
    did not like it
    for me there is hardly any real potential
    • Nose
      a koi note, slightly banana, sweetness, young malt, mini vanilla

      with water: slightly nutty, a little vanilla, grain
    • Taste
      oily, strong with a thump
      chemical (plastic / solvent), a lot of malt (young), sweet, the alcohol can be clearly felt at 63.5%

      with water: softer, grain, slightly rubber, slightly earthy
    • Finish
      long
      Paper / cardboard, light oak, mini blackberry, sweet becomes tart, slightly spicy

      with water: only bitter

  6. Thoma scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Surprisingly sweet, dusty, like a 1-2 yo spirit. Horseradish, but not too much. Cereals and screw loosener.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet notes and horseradish come together but keeping in the mouth brings sweetness a bit more dominant. Wheat flakes, horseradish, ginger, some spice and silky.
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      72 72

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Quite one-dimensional pear drops and sour apple, I got star-fruits as well.
    • Taste
      Very dry, vegetal, thin, quite hot, almost undrinkable.
    • Finish
      Pear drops, Aloe vera,sour barley husks, cumin, very drying.

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  11. DearWhiskySanta scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  12. maltaholic scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Smells fruity and quite aromatic.
    I even associate some grain and oak.

    Tasty as a fruit schnapps, not sweet, rather spicy.

    It's perfectly alright.
    I'm curious if something is stored ...

  13. maltaholic scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Smells fruity and quite aromatic.
    I even associate some grain and oak.

    Tasty as a fruit schnapps, not sweet, rather spicy.

    It's perfectly alright.
    I'm curious if something is stored ...

  14. gooos scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Is it a lowland thing because this to me tasted very similar to this unpeated new make by Annandale, it was almost identical, basically very fruity, creamy with some coconut in the mix so I will have to give it the same score of 74.
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/70561/rascally-liquor-new-make-malt-spirit
    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

  16. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 3/5 (4/5 for the mouth, with addition of water) "Whiskey" n ° 1776
    • Nose
      It looks pretty fat. We have discrete fruits, such as pear. Everything is a little direct, necessarily, with vegetal notes. The addition of water gives it sweetness.
    • Taste
      Wouch, it's hot! With an interesting vegetal / fruity duo. With a (big) addition of water, it becomes very pleasant to drink, the texture becomes creamy and soft. I swear I felt honeyed notes.
    • Finish
      A little hot too. With water, short and spicy.

  17. KayMeertens did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Sweet and fruity, like kruškovac (plum liquor). I'm not scoring this one as I don't have sensible references and it makes no sense for me to compare it to a scale of matured whiskies. I wouldn't buy something like this for own consumption, but it's probably a spirit with a lot of potential.

  18. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    a new make that is fun. Amazingly tart and "ripe".
    • Nose
      New make, fruity, raspberries, slightly sour fresh (citrus), a certain spicy touch, some pepper, if you put E150 there, you could indeed think, there was already a bit of barrel in the game. Even more raspberry, apple, but also a hint of gum.
    • Taste
      strong, fruity, slightly sour refreshing, then a good dose of bitterness, pepper and alcohol, some juniper. With water already somehow ripe, the fruit flavors are well connected with the bitterness. Very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Tart, warm, slightly sour, fruity and a peppery aftertaste.

  19. ASWhisky did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    amazingly good and flavorful let's hope it goes on like this
    • Nose
      standing in the glass without movement
      sweetish, very oily, very mild, almond note, floral sweetish notes, slightly grassy, ​​fresh, in the background a hint of an alcohol note, violets in nutmeg
      after a while with exercise
      there he is a bit stingy with a slight alcoholic note - but had presented it to me worse, now also much fruity, young yellow-green apricot Now the schnapps feeling is much clearer
    • Taste
      soft oily onset delicious fruity mild apricot liqueur with lots of nutmeg like schnapps in a praline
    • Finish
      Nutty fruity apricot schnapps relatively long

  20. Archer scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Well, he can do something as a new make, there are a few very nice flavors to discover. If this then continues in the barrel ... Promising.
    • Nose
      Undiluted: Pleasant, not pungent or alcoholic. Mirabelle brandy or Williams is on the rise. Sweet wine gum to it. With water: now he stands out a little. Interesting. The aromas remain so far, but with water overall less intense and fruity. With a few more drops of water, the stinging disappears again (no, the pipette was not left in the glass).
    • Taste
      Dry at the beginning with mirabelle taste and a little banana. One could almost think that there was wood in the game, so dry comes the over. Chocolate and a nice touch of coffee now pass, maybe a hint of toffee. The mirabelle plums are still there, but it's also pretty dry.
    • Finish
      Chocolate and still the idea of ​​a nice apricot schnapps - pleasantly fruity.

  21. ctu scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    It's a very nice start for a new Lowlands distiller.
    Wait for the others.
    • Nose
      Sweet and surprisingly fruity.
      Especially raspberry and strawberry. Metals.
    • Taste
      Sweet and dry. Mixed fruit jams, metals, spices.
      Similar to hungarian palinka.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, slightly alcoholic

  22. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Not bad (better than some German 3 Series), you can drink quite virgin, as whiskey all the more promising, because I'm looking forward to it. And the 0.2 sample bottle is fairly priced at ~ 15 € at 63.5%, because you can put more coal into the sand elsewhere, both absolutely and relatively.
    • Nose
      pure: yeasty-sweet, sugar ... reminiscent of Rührkuchenteig (surprisingly little pungent).
      with water dissolve fruity notes, pear, banana, pineapple, a little grassy, ​​in the background but doughy sweetness, even slightly earthy
    • Taste
      sweet and crunchy, malt, cereals, and also the Rührkuchenteig is here, the alcohol stands out here a little more, even with water, slightly metallic, the fruit notes go down to me something sweet, so over-ripe apples-pears and bananas Sugar porridge with a little cinnamon
    • Finish
      long, the stronger the pepper, banana porridge with some lime and brown candy

  23. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    note is compared to whisky. As a spirit a nice fruity dram
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      66 66

  24. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      pineapple, banana, orange, copper
    • Taste
      sweetness, lot of alcohol, flowers, malt
    • Finish
      short, a hint marzipan, strawberries, suprisingly just hints of metal

  25. Fable scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  26. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/05/02/heading-east-royal-lochnagar-fettercairn-and-kingsbarns/

    Tried at Whiskylive 2016, a few months before a visit to the distillery:

    N: Solid grain base, cereal led and fruity, hinting at peaches and wild strawberries.
    T: Copper heavy and fiery - yikes! The cereal notes return into the finish but that metallic note [neat or otherwise] is off-putting to put it mildly.
    F: Concludes with fruit cereal bars with more of that delicious peach.
    C: Nose and finish are all in order. Its the arrival that needs ‘fixing’, with oak - which is the whole point.

    At the distillery:

    C: Today I noted the fruitiness, a soft berry fruitiness with coppery raisins coming off the palate. Fab spirit. 
    [Not scored]

  28. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Strawberry candy

    Kingsbarns is the new distillery opened by independent bottler Wemyss. As they have only put their first casks to sleep in December 2014, we will need to be patient until 2018 before we can try their first whisky. Their spirit, however, is already commercially available. While technically in the Highlands, about 6 kilometers from the famous golf links of St Andrews, they call themselves a Lowland distillery.

    The nose is dry and sweet. Think strawberry candy and violets (the flowers, not the purple candy). Quite creamy, despite the fact that it is dry. You follow? Not one off-note, which is nice. Good nose. Adding water makes it lean towards more classic new make notes like cooked vegetables and yeast. I quite like it.

    Scorching hot on the palate, of course. My tongue is on fire. Yet it is quaffable, certainly from the second sip. Sweet on candy-like notes, but also some aniseed and pepper. Pretty floral, actually. It becomes a lot less scorching with some water, but then allows more earthy notes to shine through.

    Fairly long finish on spicy touches with something green in the mix, if you know what I mean. Diluted there hardly remains any finish.

    Beautiful spirit that will result, I think, in a soft aperitif style whisky. A bottle of 20cl will set you back around 18 EUR.

  29. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Wow - what an impressive New Make this is! Extremely floral and
    fruity with a delicate taste and long finish. I can't wait to taste this
    beauty once it has been matured for several years in fine oak casks.

    I thank Joe Seidel from Joe's Malt Shop for the sample!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Very fruity on the nose. Nicely pleasant and slightly floral with the
      alcohol not being pungent at all. Smells like a lovely schnaps (either
      from Germany, Austria or South Tyrol) made from cherries or raspberries.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity with lots of berries, raspberries, and brumbles. The
      alcohol is present and nicely warming with beautiful floral notes.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warm with delicate golden barley notes.

      WITH
      WATER: There's even more fruit on the nose with a splash of water. Very
      delicate on the palate with the alcohol nicely tingling on the tongue.
      The finish is long, warm and lovely sweet with more barley coming
      through.

  30. St. Pauli scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Very nice example of new make. Of course you can't compare and score this with whisky. But it's nice to see where the maturation of whisky starts. I found this dram quite nice, much better than most other spirits (gin, vodka).
    • Nose
      A bit of caramel, cheese, metallic, but also fresh dough, cereals, bread, green herbs (mainly mint) and fruits: fresh lemon and toffeed apple. 
    • Taste
      Hot and sweet, a bit metallic and yeasty (as expected and there is nothing wrong with that in new make). Fresh buns from the oven with sweet jam and cinnamon topping.
    • Finish
      Pungent, a tad grassy and fruity. 

  31. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      80 80

  32. Koloman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A typical (future) Lowland whiskey: light and fragrant, with fine malt and grass notes. It's great that you can try something like that and at the same time look forward to future bottlings!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      84 84

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