St Andrews is set to welcome the newest entry to the Scotch Whisky industry when Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre opens its doors.
Set to be launched imminently, the distillery is located just outside St Andrews in the village of Kingsbarns, and will produce a new single malt whisky with a unique, light, Lowland spirit, backed by one of Scotland’s oldest and most established family businesses Wemyss, who currently produce a range of single cask and blended Wemyss Malts whiskies.
Soeaking on behalf of the Wemyss family, William Wemyss said: “Building a whisky distillery is a once in a generation opportunity and we are looking forward to playing our part in bringing a reinvigoration to the Kingdom of Fife. We are proud to be instrumental in officially marrying whisky and golf together.”
The concept of opening a whisky distillery by the home of golf came from local resident and St Andrews Golf Club member Douglas Clement. A former professional golf caddie at Kingsbarns Golf Links and for four times European Tour winner Mathias Gronberg, Clement was inspired to create a distillery by regular requests from his golfers.
Kingsbarns whisky by 2018
The first Kingsbarns Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be ready in 2018 and the visitor centre will offer a unique opportunity for guests to watch the process first-hand and be part of its history.
“Inspired by comments from my golfers at Kingsbarns and the lack of Lowland distilleries, I knew that there was a real opportunity for a local Fife whisky distillery at the home of golf,” said Clement.
“Having the Wemyss family produce the Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky is the ideal fit as not only is their family’s ancestral home on the Fife coast at Wemyss Castle, they are also very established in the whisky business as independent bottlers of Scotch Whiskies.
“Although our Kingsbarns Single Malt Scotch Whisky will not be fully matured for a number of years we will be able to offer the unique Wemyss Malts range of Scotch Whiskies for tastings while we await the first Kingsbarns Lowland malt to be ready for a dram at the distillery.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming fellow golfers from across the globe to our distillery after their rounds of golf to share our story and show how our national drink is produced.”