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Kingsbarns Balcomie

(70cl, 46%)

Kingsbarns Balcomie

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Kingsbarns Balcomie Bottling Note

Here we have Balcomie, a sherried release from Kingsbarns distilled with locally-grown Fife barley. It was matured exclusively in American oak butts that previously held Oloroso sherry, which is rather unusual seeing as sherry is usually held in European oak. Richer, spicy notes from the sherry balance the sweeter, tropical notes from the oak. Top stuff from the Lowland distillery!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Cinnamon scrolls and hot cross buns, with a drizzle of maple syrup and dried cherry.

Palate: Pineapple upside down cake, marmalade and more cinnamon, with a touch of cocoa.

Finish: Apricot jam and chocolate-coated nuts.

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Kingsbarns Balcomie Reviews

American oak is normal for Oloroso

Not tried this yet but, regarding the bottling note, I believe Oloroso is normally (exclusively?) aged in American oak as it's more porous, which lends itself to oxidative ageing. Sherrys such as Fino are matured in tighter-grained European oak and develop a layer of yeast (flor) on top, which prevents interaction with the air.

There is a wider context too, in that most 'Sherry casks' are actually custom built for the whisky industry and merely seasoned with youthful 'Sherry', which will never be drunk. The casks in which actual Sherry is matured are part of Solera systems, they are often many decades old and are rarely sold to the whisky industry.

I've sampled the regular Kingsbarns Dream to Dram and it is quite underrated in my opinion. It does not taste like a three year old whisky at all. It's very light and floral, in the classic Lowland style (think Bladnoch for example), and I look forward to seeing how it works with a sherried cask.

8th January 2021

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