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Kingsbarns Distillery launch 'flagship' Doocot whisky

Kingsbarns, the award-winning distillery in the Kingdom of Fife, has unveiled a new flagship whisky, Doocot.

Published: March 2, 2023

Doocot whisky is the first global launch for the brand, as the new flagship malt is being unveiled across the 34 markets across UK, Europe and the United States simultaneously.

Available from 3 March, the new single malt scotch whisky is a natural evolution from the distillery’s highly-popular and multi award winning ‘Dream to Dram’.

Distilled from barley sourced less than six miles from the distillery, the flagship single malt has enjoyed further maturation in cask than ‘Dream to Dram’, maintaining balance and developing its complexity.

Kingsbarns Distillery’s production director, Isabella Wemyss, has carefully selected a combination of ex-Bourbon and STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) ex-Portuguese red wine casks to mature Doocot.

On the nose, the whisky has sweet and floral scents of soft brown sugar with banana cake batter and tropical notes.

On the palate, you can expect a combination of pineapple syrup, and summer berries with a hint of rhubarb.

Non-chilled - filtered and bottled at 46% this lowland single malt is full of sweet, fruity character, and is priced at an affordable £45.

The team said Doocot is light, intensely fruity and floral, complemented by a rich colour coming from the high-quality casks it has matured in.

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Doocot whisky name

The Scots word for dovecot, the name, Doocot, pays tribute to an architectural features at Kingsbarns Distillery.

The distillery's doocot is a free-standing structure with Adam-style crenellations and Gothic detailing, it looks to all the world like a miniature fortified tower.

Speaking of the new whisky, William Wemyss, founder and managing director of Kingsbarns Distillery, said: “Doocot has been years in the making.

"We’ve spent a lot of time perfecting the distilling process to make sure we’ve crafted the perfect finish. We’re so proud of the end result that Doocot now stands as our flagship whisky, taking over the mantle from Dream to Dram.

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“The new addition to our range allows whisky lovers to enjoy the same fruity and indulgent flavours that they’re used to but with an added level of balance and complexity.

"As we transition into the warmer months, Doocot is the perfect refreshing, fruity dram that is guaranteed to take whisky fans on a stunning flavour journey – we hope customers love it as much as we do.”

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How to try Doocot whisky

To celebrate the launch, 30 bottles of Doocot will be available on 3 March in a selection of bars across Scotland. Visit @kingsbarnsdistillery on Instagram to find out where you can purchase your first Doocot dram.

Find out more about Doocot and buy a bottle at the Kingsbarns Distillery website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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