Kingsbarns reveals a new addition to core collection

Kingsbarns reveals a new addition to core collection

Kingsbarns Distillery has updated its core range with Coaltown, a single malt matured entirely in ex-peated casks

News | 01 Jul 2024

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Kingsbarns Distillery has added a new expression to its core line up. New release Coaltown is inspired by the mining heritage of the Lowland distillery’s home.


The name is drawn from Coaltown of Wemyss, a village built on the grounds of Wemyss Castle, which is the ancestral seat of Kingsbarns owner the Wemyss family. Coaltown was built in the 1890s to house miners working in nearby coal mines.


The new release has been matured in 100 per cent ex-peated casks. “It’s unusual to see a whisky that has been exclusively matured in ex-peated casks,” says Isabella Wemyss, production director at Kingsbarns Distillery. “This unique approach allows us to offer a distinctive blend that stands apart from whiskies simply finished in ex-peated casks.


“By using ex-peated casks, rather than peat drying the barley, we are able to bring through the smoky notes traditionally associated with peated whisky whilst minimising our carbon footprint.”


Parent company Wemyss Family Spirits recently committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions ahead of UK and industry targets.

The Kingsbarns core collection: Doocot, Coaltown, and Balcomie

William Wemyss, founder of Wemyss Family Spirits, said: “We are proud to present Kingsbarns Coaltown, a whisky that embodies our innovative spirit while staying true to our Lowland heritage. This release highlights our team's exceptional craftsmanship and our unwavering commitment to quality.”


Coaltown joins Doocot and Balcomie in the brand’s core collection, both of which were also inspired by the Kingsbarns Distillery’s homeland.


Kingsbarns Coaltown (46% ABV) will be available from select retailers at RRP £46.

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