KINGSBARNS Balcomie Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Balcomie was distilled, matured and bottled at the family-owned Kingsbarns Distillery in the Kingdom of Fife. And it won a Silver Medal at the World Whiskies Awards in 2022.
This Lowland Scotch was crafted with locally grown barley and aged in ex-Oloroso Sherry butts made of American oak. These casks are quite unusual as Sherry makers tend to use European oak, but they were specifically chosen for their gentle influence. As a result, the terroir and fruitiness of the spirit isn’t overwhelmed, but it does have a wonderful richness.
Pour a dram to discover notes of cinnamon bun, mince pies, Dundee cake, honey, tinned pineapple syrup, pear drops, apricot jam, fancy granola with freeze-dried raspberry bits, marmalade and cocoa-dusted praline truffles. The touch of sweetness makes this an incredibly approachable dram, while the deep complexity keeps you coming back for another sip, and another, and another.
The Wemyss family have a long history with Scotch whisky, as John Haig built his first distillery on their land at the beginning of the 19th Century. Their new venture started out as a derelict Georgian farmstead, which has been lovingly converted into the glamorous Kingsbarns Distillery. This new Lowland whisky producer draws its water from an aquifer 100 metres below the distillery, the Laureate barley is grown in Fife and is completely unpeated (the environmentally conscious choice of many new distilleries), and the wood policy was directed by the late, great Dr Jim Swan, a celebrated whisky maker who was described as “the Einstein of whisky” and who was instrumental in setting up a raft of other great distilleries, including Nc’nean, Filey Bay, Cotswolds, Kavalan, Penderyn, Kilchoman, Victoria Caledonian and Milk & Honey. Kingsbarns Distillery is located deep in golf club country on Scotland’s tempestuous east coast. So, it will come as no surprise that their whisky makes a fine choice after a windy eighteen holes.
SKU No.: 4007643
Style No.: 942240
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 46%