GSN Review: Kingsbarns Lowland Single Malt Whiskies

Founded in 2014 by the Scottish Wemyss Family, who have a longstanding passion for malt whisky dating back to the turn of the 19th century, Kingsbarns Distillery announces their newest Core Collection releases, “Doocot”, and “Balcomie”. The new flagship expression Doocot, is an ex-Bourbon and Shaved, Toasted and Recharred barriques matured expression, while Balcomie is an ex-Oloroso cask matured expression. 

The Scots word for dovecot, the name, Doocot, pays tribute to one of the most striking architectural features at the Kingsbarns Distillery. Pronounced ‘doo-ket’, a doocot was a traditional free-standing nesting shelter for doves, which are reflected and embossed on the glass bottle. Distilled from barley sourced less than six miles from the Kingsbarns Distillery, the flagship single malt has enjoyed a longer maturation in a carefully selected combination of casks: 90% ex-Bourbon and 10% STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) ex-Portuguese red wine casks. Full of sweet, fruity character, the whisky is light, intensely fruity, floral, and complemented by a rich color.

Distilled from Fife-grown barley, Kingsbarns Balcomie is a fruity, light, and balanced whisky bottled from 100% ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The liquid has been matured in American oak casks previously used for maturing Oloroso in the unique solera system. These casks were specifically chosen for their gentle oak flavors and rich sweetness to complement the fruity character of the spirit. Sweetly complex and elegant, Balcomie is rich with baking spices, dried fruit, and tropical character.

Kingsbarns Doocot & Balcomie will be available at select retailers nationwide, at an SRP of $59.99 for each 750ml at 46% ABV.

The Kingsbarns team aims to make the distillery as green as possible with sustainability efforts at the forefront of production. Wastewater goes through reed beds and is returned clean into the local burn; local farmers use waste as fertilizer, and spent grain is used as cattle feed on neighboring farms.

Kingsbarns Doocot – GSN’s Remarks: Welcoming nose of malt and light vine fruit. Sweet entry on the palate with a rich malt character that within a few seconds transforms into a berry jam character. Fruity, well balanced and warming, this whiskey is quite remarkable. The body is medium-light, but with such a rich texture that it seems heavier. The finish is long and leads out with a raspberry patina. GSN Rating: A++

Kingsbarns Balcomie – GSN’s Remarks: Sherry aroma on the nose, along with a butter cake-like aroma. Quite a sweet entry, with chewy dessert flavors of pie crust, pound cake, buttered whole wheat toast, and sweet roll. The body is medium-heavy and round. A long finish ends the adventure on a touch of oak. A great after dinner whisky to pair with a creme brulee or fruit pie. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Kingsbarns Distillery