Kingsbarns Distillery unveils first Scotch whisky

Fife-based Kingsbarns Distillery is set to release its inaugural single malt Scotch whisky – the first in a series of five annual bottlings.

The Lowland distillery has bottled the expression exclusively for members of its Founders’ Club. It will be delivered to subscribers in December 2018. The Founders’ Reserve Inaugural Release comprises several casks filled in 2015 using the wood policy set by the late Dr Jim Swan. First-fill Bourbon barrels, provided by Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distillery, were selected for having “succulent wood tannins that balance well with the complex Kingsbarns spirit”. Future releases will be drawn from a combination of different cask types and ages, as well as being bottled at cask strength, non-chill-filtered and without caramel colouring. William Wemyss, family owner of Kingsbarns Distillery, said: “Over the past few years, the development of Kingsbarns Distillery and its long awaited single malt has been an enthralling experience and the next chapter in the history of Kingsbarns Distillery is almost complete. “I am sure the Founders’ Reserve will meet all expectations and I look forward to sharing this inaugural release with fellow Founders’ Club members later this year.” Bottlings of the Scotch whisky will be available to non-members from early 2019. Family-owned Scotch whisky bottler Wemyss Malts opened the Kingsbarns Distillery on St Andrew’s Day (30 November) 2014.