Wemyss announces new distillery

03 June, 2013

Wemyss, owner of independent bottler Wemyss Malts and blended malt whiskies such as The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive, has announced that final planning permission has now been granted for its new single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre.

The Kingsbarns Distillery will be built within sight of the Kingsbarns Golf Links and is approximately six miles from St. Andrews. The Wemyss family says restoration and building work will shortly commence at the site.

It’s expected to take around a year to complete the building with a view to welcoming the first visitors as distilling commences in summer 2014.

William Wemyss said: “Building a distillery is a once in a generation opportunity and we’re looking forward to playing our part in the reinvigoration of the Fife distilling tradition.”

The founding director of the Kingsbarns Distillery is local Fife man, Douglas Clement. He said: “I knew that there was a real opportunity for a local distillery.  I’ve been working on this project for a number of years.”

The Wemyss family’s historic family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.

The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include boutique gin Darnley’s View together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.

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