Welcome to the Lowlands everyone. As promised today is the first time we have ever been able to feature the very first whisky release from a Scottish Distillery. Many of you whisky adventurers that have been through our Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar journies before will recognize the Wemyss Malts name. We certainly have had some epic single casks from them over the years.
All the while they have been quietly aging away their very own Single Malt at the Kingsbarns Distillery near St Andrews in the lowlands. Cindy and I have had the pleasure of visiting the distillery on several occasions and it was really exciting this time around to be able to taste “whisky” and see how far they have come since our visit to see the first distillation run.
Have a look at this wee little interview with Jacqueline Sutherland who is the brand ambassador for Wemyss Malts and Kingsbarns. It was a gorgeous sunny day for this visit and the golf courses in the area were calling but alas no time for recreation, there was great whisky to drink.
Kingsbarns Distillery Dream to Dram Single Malt – Bourbon & Portuguese Wine Barrels # KBL1003/1 – Lowland – 46% abv
Colour: Very pale straw on this as there is no caramel added and the Bourbon and STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) wine casks impart just a touch of colour after only around 4 years of influence.
Nose: Fresh hay and honey, snowdrops (gorgeous white flowers that blanket the forrest floor on the drive up to the distillery) and vanilla pudding.
Palate: Super fresh and warming at 46%. Vanilla in spades along with more of that fresh hay/grain adding a tiny touch of barn loft in Spring when the doors are thrown open and everything smells fresh and new. Creamy vanilla custard.
Finish: The fresh vanilla stays with the finish along with some just out of the oven, thick crust sourdough topped with butter and creamed honey.
Fantastic start for this distillery. If you start with a quality wood programme backed up with outstanding distilling and top notch equipment, there is no way you can not make something truly delicious.
I am going to be very excited to try some of the new expressions as time rolls along. It amazes me that Cindy and I were there for the first run off the still and here we are with whisky in our glass. Time marches on so fast it seems even though when you are visiting Scotland the pace of life seems a wee bit more relaxed.
On day 6 in our 5th edition we had the now sadly no longer operating but extremely delicious last offering of the Exclusive Malts Regional Islay Sherry.
Tomorrow we are heading North for something delectable from Douglas Laing who are making their first appearance in any of our editions.
A big thanks to Jacque and the team from Wemyss and Kingsbarns for allowing us to share this first ever release of their whisky Dream to Dram. We hope to feature many more expressions in future years.
Until tomorrow keep your glasses handy.