Kingsbarns

Kingsbarns Dream to Dram (46%, OB, 2019)

Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £44.95 available online from Kinsgbarns Distillery
  • Origin: Kingsbarns distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared

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What they say

A long held dream to distil fine single malt whisky in the East Neuk of Fife becomes a reality today (24th January) for the founders of Kingsbarns Distillery, as we toast the launch of our first flagship expression: Kingsbarns ‘Dream to Dram’.

Named to mark the Wemyss Family’s vision to bring malt whisky distilling to their Fife home, the new release is a truly local dram, having been slowly crafted with barley harvested exclusively from the golden fields of East Fife.

The result is a beautifully light, clean yet complex Lowland style malt whisky which perfectly captures the essence of this quiet and enchanting corner of Scotland.

Dream to Dram is packaged in gentle shades of blue, gold and brown to symbolise the natural elements of the East Neuk, with a pigeon motif representing the historic ‘doocot’ (Scots for dovecot) that sits at the heart of the distillery – a restored farm steading dating back to the 1800s.

Today, owners William and Isabella Wemyss are gathering friends, neighbours and whisky lovers from around the world at the Distillery to celebrate and share a first taste of Dream to Dram as it is shipped off to markets around the world.

Official tasting notes:

The natural elements on Kingsbarns Distillery’s doorstep, combined with superior wood choice and long, slow fermentation give Dream to Dram its remarkably complex and distinctive Lowland character: light, intensely fruity, floral and balanced, with colour and richness coming from the wood. On the nose there is banana, pineapple syrup and summer berries, with a slight herbal note. There is soft toffee, custard pastry and redcurrants on the palate, with a finish of ginger syrup.

What I say

Purchased during a flying visit to Kingsbarns Distillery in Fife, a location I have passed close-by many times. This is their inaugural general release single malt whisky. Released early 2019 and named Dream to Dram highlighting the journey taken by the distillery owners.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: White wine gold (6/20), medium-large tears and thick legs.
  • Nose: Spirity and fruit forward, apple, pear, dusty icing sugar, vanilla, honey, caramel, oak wood, white pepper and cinnamon spice.
  • Taste: Smooth and rounded on the palate, medium bodied, runny honey, caramel sauce, pineapple and ginger in syrup.
  • Finish: Long, sweet and effervescent, golden syrup and ginger root prevail.

Overall

Good texture for a new/young whisky, delightfully not over-vanillic or over-oaked, the fruit and spice is delicately balanced.

Score 85/100

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