- Brand: Kinigsbarns
- ABV: 60.8%
- Batch: American Oak Bourbon Barrel #1510358
At the end of 2018 the long awaited first release from the Kingsbarn Distillery appeared and they are slowly building up a range, but one needs to be patient. In the meantime, my wiskybuddy Anthony offered me a generous sample of this single cask – at cast strength – that was put to sleep in September 2015. In 2019, this was the second distillery shop exclusive, of which by now many more have been bottled. It’s as pale as white wine. Suspiciously soft on vanilla, light notes of caramel, lime sorbet and pistachio nuts. Grass and quince. All good, but quite innocent at the same time. Summery. Even on the palate this is quite doable. Sure, you feel the alcohol, but I do not have to gasp for breath nor feel the urge to add water to it. Prickles cozily on the palate on white pepper and liquorice, while the citrus fruit evolves more towards gooseberries. The pistachio returns, next to some peach and tannins. A slight bitterness as if from a grapefruit pith. Again quite summery, but far from complex and clearly young. You know what? It does not bother me. I quite like this. The finish is long, but that has little to do with the alcohol percentage, mind you. After all, the finish comes from the interaction of many different flavor compounds with colloids. These are small particles that - thanks to the non-filtering - remain and consist of pectins, phenols and tannins. The resulting slow release of the flavors provides the perception of a finish.
Okay, class is over! A non-complex, but very enjoyable summery single malt.