Kingsbarns is one of the newer distilleries cropping up. The Dream to Dram is their first generally available release. It’s 3 year old whisky of which 90% was matured in 1st fill ex-bourbon casks and 10% in STR casks.
Colour: Pale Straw
Nose: It’s young and doesn’t attempt to hide it. The spirity notes come through clearly, but nicely complemented by hints of banana, peach and red apple. Also some shortbread cookies to go along with the fruitiness.
Palate: Sweet and floral. Heaps of vanilla, honeyglaze, almonds, toffee and some white pepper at the back.
Finish: A medium length and somewhat drying finish. The vanilla and honey continues accompanied by a touch of walnut. At the tail end there’s a sudden burst of lemon.
I’m quite impressed by this, it had more maturity than a lot of other 3 year old whiskies. Kingsbarns is going to be one to keep your eye on!