Kingsbarns Distillery Toasts Single Cask Sales Success – Scotch Whisky News




Kingsbarns Distillery Toasts Single Cask Sales Success

Fife’s Kingsbarns Distillery is celebrating a milestone this month with news that the first of a new series of single cask malt whiskies has sold out – just weeks after its release.

Launched in mid-March exclusively to the distillery’s Founders’ Club members and online customers, the eagerly awaited expression sold a remarkable 204 bottles in less than 24 hours, with the remainder of this limited edition bottling being snapped up soon afterwards.

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Kingsbarns Single Cask No 360 is the first of a new single cask series from the small East Neuk-based distillery, launched to showcase the distinctive, light and fruity Lowland style of its single malt whisky in specific barrels.

Laid down in 2015 in a first fill American oak barrel, this cask strength release is bottled at 60.9% ABV. On the nose the whisky’s sweet floral scent has notes of custard and vanilla, whilst on the palate there is cream soda with a little ‘fizz’ of lemon sherbet.

Packaged in soft shades of blue and gold to symbolise the natural elements of the whisky’s picturesque Fife home, the bottle also features Kingsbarns’ signature pigeon motif to represent the historic ‘doocot’ (Scots for dovecot) that sits at the heart of the distillery.

The release of Single Cask No 360 follows a successful start to the year for Kingsbarns Distillery, which saw the founding Wemyss family officially launch their flagship expression, Kingsbarns ‘Dream to Dram’, back in January.

Named to celebrate the realisation of their dream to craft fine single malt whisky in their Fife home, the new dram has already made its mark with strong sales and positive feedback for its light, fruity style – with leading whisky experts noting its huge potential in the single malt market.

The Kingsbarns Founders’ Club has also seen a significant increase in membership as the popularity of Lowland style single malts continues to grow. Open to just 3000 members, the club offers a unique chance to be part of the growth and success of this ambitious young distillery, as well as securing exclusive and collectable expressions when they are released.

Kingsbarns Distillery Manager, Peter Holroyd commented: ‘The success of our first single cask release is incredibly exciting and is a real testament to our team’s skill, passion and dedication. Over recent years, there has been a growing interest in the once overlooked Lowlands whisky region, and we are very proud to be championing the area and introducing the light, balanced character and fresh style of our Kingsbarns whisky to the world. 

‘Just like our flagship malt expression, the new single cask range is expertly handcrafted using local Fife barley, rich mineral water from the land beneath us, expertly chosen wood and the distillery’s long, slow production process in copper pot stills. This is what sits at the heart of our whisky and will never change, as we look forward to releasing more expressions and single cask releases in the not too distant future.’ 

Whilst Kingsbarns Single Cask No 360 is now sold out, visitors to the Distillery can purchase a bottle of sister cask 358 which is sold exclusively in the Visitor Centre shop.

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Kingsbarns Distillery

Kingsbarns Distillery began life as a semi-derelict farm steading – built around 1800 by Thomas Erskine, the ninth Earl of Kellie, as part of East Newhall Farm to service the adjoining Cambo Estate. Its centrepiece is a doocot, made with over 600 neatly formed terracotta nesting boxes which, at the time, would have housed pigeons to supply the laird’s kitchen with meat and eggs.

A three year restoration project involving specialist architects, engineers, designers and whisky specialists restored this historic building into the beautiful distillery and visitor centre that is now in place today – including the immaculately restored doocot in pride of place.

The distillery has 4 washbacks and 2 stills (wash still 7.5k litres, spirit still 4.5k litres) which have been designed to fit snugly into the low distillery space, using long lyne arms for maximum copper contact. The distillery has a capacity of 34 barrels per week and can produce 200k litres of alcohol per year.

The Kingsbarns team is aiming to make the distillery as green as possible and sustainability is at the heart of production. Nothing is wasted and everything goes back into the local environment to the benefit of local businesses.

Distiller Peter Holroyd has been at the helm of distillation since the very beginning, sharing his passion for whisky and turning the Kingsbarns dream into a reality with the Wemyss family. A native of Glasgow, Peter graduated from the Heriot Watt Brewing and Distilling Course in Edinburgh, working in a number of small breweries before joining the Kingsbarns Team in his first whisky role.

The Kingsbarns Distillery Founders’ Club was launched on the first anniversary of the Distillery on 30th November 2015 and is still open for membership.  Members enjoy a welcome pack with a small bottle of Kingsbarns New Make Spirit, a glass and membership badge, plus five exclusive bottles of cask strength single malt whisky, including the distillery’s inaugural Founders’ Reserve expression.

The Wemyss Family drinks portfolio 

Wemyss Malts: Edinburgh based independent bottler, Wemyss Malts is owned by the Wemyss family. Their family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.  Wemyss Malts is primarily known for its award-winning range of blended malt Scotch Whisky which uses names inspired by the natural flavours and aromas of the whiskies: The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney. 

Darnley’s Gin: The family also own and produce Darnley’s Gin at the Kingsbarns Distillery site in Fife. Darnley’s Gin offers tours and tastings in a converted cottage with a Gin School where visitors can distil their own bottle of gin on a mini still 

Rimauresq: to complete the drinks portfolio, the Wemyss Family own the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence

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