According to the Scotch Whisky association rules, we have to wait at least 3 years and a day before we can legally bottle our first Scotch whisky. We'll be monitoring its progress by taking regular samples from our casks to determine when we think it will be ready to bottle. We filled our first casks in March 2015, so it will be around April 2018 at the earliest before we can bottle Kingsbarns Single Malt whisky.
The first relase of Kingsbarns Single Malts Scotch Whisky will be the Founders’ Reserve Inaugural Release; comprising of several casks filled in 2015 using the wood policy set under the expert consultancy of the late Dr Jim Swan. Each cask was carefully selected by Distillery Manager Peter Holroyd and the Wemyss family. 1st fill bourbon barrels, supplied by Heaven Hill Kentucky distillery, were chosen as they imparted succulent wood tannins that balance well with the complex Kingsbarns spirit to represent this new single malt Scotch whisky in its lightest style.
All Founders’ Reserve releases will be drawn from a combination of different wood expressions and ages, as well as always being bottled cask strength, non chill-filtered and with their natural colour.
Each release is bottled in a bespoke, 700ml Kingsbarns Distillery 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.
You can see the first cask we filled on display in the "doocot" in our visitor centre.
Our vision is to release a number of different expressions of our whisky to reflect the versatility of our light and fruity style.
For whisky fans interested in obtaining this piece of whisky history as well as the rest of the five exclusive releases, membership to the Kingsbarns Founders’ club is still available to join for £500 plus postage.