KWM 2022 Whisky Calendar Day 6: Kingsbarns Dream To Dram
Posted on December 7, 2022
BONUS CONTENT: Read Andrew's write-up on our PORT ELLEN KWM Cask here! Yes, there was a time when we had our own single cask of Port Ellen. Can you believe it?!?
Day 6 is upon us. We have hopefully gotten the Big Peat off our breath from last night's dram. What's up for today? We are headed for a new distillery for me and perhaps you as well, with this single malt from Kingsbarns Distillery.
Like Lindores Abby, which we saw and tasted back on Day Two, Kingsbarns Distillery is relatively young and resides in the Lowlands of Scotland. It is specifically on the east coast of mainland Scotland; about a 20-minute drive south and east of St Andrews. Eden Mill is Kingsbarns closest distillery neighbour and resides within St Andrews itself. This area is rife with younger distilleries, as Daftmill Distillery is a 45-minute drive from Kingsbarns to the west. Lindores Abby, whose whisky we explored on Day 2, is also less than an hour's drive away to the west.
The Distillery is built on the site of an old farmstead which dates back to around 1800. The distillery is owned by Wemyss Development, which is one of the oldest registered companies in the UK, having been founded in the 15th century. Kingsbarns is part of the Wemyss Malts arm of the company, which was started more recently in 2005 by William Wemyss.
Though parent company Wemyss has its hands in agriculture both in the UK and abroad in Australia and Kenya, and even a winery in Languedoc, France, Kingsbarns is Wemyss’ first Scotch Whisky Distillery and marks its expansion beyond independent bottlings and into direct whisky production. Kingsbarns opened in 2014.
Trying new whisky from a new distillery is one of the more exciting parts of the job for me. This is my first foray into the whisky of Kingsbarns – I have no real idea what to expect. Care to find out with me?
The Kingsbarns Dream to Dram Single Malt Whisky, which we will be tasting today, is one of the distillery’s first two official bottlings to hit shelves. Dream to Dram was matured in a combination ex-Bourbon and ex-Red Wine STR (Shaved, Toasted, and Re-charred) Barriques. It is bottled at 46% ABV with natural colour and non-chill filtered.
Evan’s Tasting Note
Nose: Clean and approachable with plenty of orchard fruit notes, a touch of mint/menthol, shredded coconut, freshly cut lumber, angel food cake, and chamomile tea.
Palate: Warming, but light at 46% with notes of ripe peach and pear slices, shortbread cookies, unsalted cashews, honeydew melon, whipped cream, and a bit of gingery heat.
Finish: Light and easy with the cashew and fruit notes softly fading.
Comment: This light and fruity style screams Lowland stylistically. It is youthful but well put together. An easy-drinking dram from a young distillery worth watching.
What do you think? To me it is remarkable how much it reminds me of the Big Peat, but without any peat. If you take away the smoke from that whisky, both are smooth, approachable, and young without being full of jagged edges. What will tomorrow bring? See you then!
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