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Inaugural single malt revealed by Kingsbarns

Kingsbarns Distillery has unveiled its first single malt Scotch release – The Founders' Reserve Inaugural Release.

Bottled for the Kingsbarns Founders’ Club, this is the first single malt to be released by the family owned Lowland distillery. It is the first in a series of five, exclusive, annual bottlings and will be delivered directly to Founders in December 2018.

Kingsbarns Distillery was initially founded by a Fife-born golf caddie and with the support and expertise of the Wemyss family, who have a long standing passion as Scotch whisky makers.

The distillery was opened in November 2014. The single malt Scotch whisky is produced from barley grown on only a handful of local Fife farms.

The Founders’ Reserve Inaugural Release comprises several casks filled in 2015 using the wood policy set under the consultancy of the late Dr Jim Swan. Each cask was selected by distillery manager Peter Holroyd and the Wemyss family. First-fill Bourbon barrels, supplied by Heaven Hill Kentucky Distillery, were chosen.

All future Founders’ Reserve releases will be drawn from a combination of different cask types and ages, as well as always being bottled at cask strength, non chill-filtered and in their natural colour. Each release is bottled in a bespoke, 700ml Kingsbarns single malt bottle and presentation box, both of which draw their inspiration from the ‘Doocot’ (or Dovecot) which is the oldest, most striking feature of the restored farm steading in which Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre is accommodated.

William Wemyss; family owner of Kingsbarns Distillery, addressing members, 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.”

The first Founders’ Reserve release will be delivered to club members in December of 2018 and for whisky fans interested in obtaining the inaugural bottling and the rest of the five exclusive releases, membership to the Kingsbarns Founders’ club is still available to join at for £500 plus postage.

Non-members can look to early 2019 for more releases of Lowland single malt Scotch whisky from Kingsbarns Distillery.

23 August 2018 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor