Monday, March 26, 2018


The Wemyss family owned Kingsbarns Distillery, has today announced that the first casks it filled on March 23rd 2015, came of age on Saturday, and can now be called Scotch whisky.

The Fife based distillery and visitor centre was opened to the public on St Andrews Day 2014, with spirit distillation beginning in January 2015.

Peter Holland drawing the first samples of Kingsbarns Distillery single malt whisky

After a few months perfecting the spirit style, the Distillery Manager, Peter Holroyd, filled the first casks on March 23rd 2015. Initially, all the casks selected were first fill ex bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill Distillery in Kentucky.

On Saturday, Peter Holland sampled the first casks of Kingsbarns Distillery single malt whisky, and said: “On the nose I get custard and apricot Danish pastry, but you still get the Kingsbarns light fruity character. On the palate, there is a wonderful balance of spirit and wood and you can really taste the Kingsbarns signature style.”

Commenting on the news, William Wemyss the Founder of Wemyss Malts, the owners of the Kingsbarns Distillery, said: “This is a very exciting time for us at Kingsbarns Distillery uniting the excellent quality barley from local Fife farms, the attention to detail in distilling and the great effort dedicated to acquiring the finest casks for maturing our precious spirit.  Now that we have reached the minimum legal age, we can move forwards to sample whisky from our early casks and make some choices regarding the first bottling of our new Lowland malt.”

The first bottles of Kingsbarns single malt Scotch whisky, will be available exclusively to its Founders’ Club members this summer. Details of a wider general release are still to be confirmed.

Posted by Steve Rush