Kingsbarns spirit still strong

Distillery Manager Peter Holroyd and Distillery Visitor Centre Manager and Founding Director Douglas Clement
Distillery Manager Peter Holroyd and Distillery Visitor Centre Manager and Founding Director Douglas Clement
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The Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre is still on course to open to the public before the end of this year and produce a unique, delicious spirit.

The East Neuk facility marked another milestone last week with the arrival of its copper pot whisky stills.

Distillery manager Peter Holroyd, left, and Distillery Visitor Centre manager and founding director Douglas Clement

Distillery manager Peter Holroyd, left, and Distillery Visitor Centre manager and founding director Douglas Clement

The Wash Still, weighing three and a half tonnes and holding 7500 litres, and the Spirit Still, weighing three tonnes and holding 4500 litres, will each play an integral part in determining the light character of spirit produced at Kingsbarns Distillery.

Both stills were brought from Rothes in Speyside.

Manager Douglas Clement said: “Our distillery and visitor centre has been a long time in the making, six years in fact.

“It’s only been in the past two years, thanks to a Scottish Government grant and the backing of the Wemyss Family that this dream has turned into a reality.

“Construction commenced in spring 2013 and this is hugely important in the development, with the final pieces of our distillery jigsaw, the copper pot stills, finally positioned in their new home”.

Distillery manager, Peter Holroyd added: ““We are well on our way to the final goal of producing Kingsbarns unique, light, Lowland spirit.”

The Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre is due to open its doors to the public on December 1.

The Wemyss family bought the Kingsbarns Distillery project in January 2013 and construction at the site began at Easter that year.

The facility is being built close to the world-famous Kingsbarns championship golf course on the Cambo Estate.

The site of the actual distillery is the historic and charming East Newhall Farm steading.

The new Kingsbarns Single Malt Scotch whisky will be classified in the Lowlands region and available after a minimum of three years maturation in oak casks.

Fife-grown malted barley has been secured to make the spirit and it will be matured predominantly in ex-Bourbon casks.

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

The family already owns Wemyss Malts, which is an independent bottler with a whisky range including the blended malt whisky range comprising The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive; single malt single cask bottlings and the blended Scotch named Lord Elcho, after one of the Wemyss family’s ancestors.

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.

The family also has a historical link with the site of the new Kingsbarns Distillery, as the 7th Earl of Wemyss actually owned part of the Cambo Estate between 1759 and 1783.

The Wemyss family is being supported in this exciting new development with a European Food Processing and Marketing grant via the Scottish Government for £670,000.