Tue 17 Jun 14
'From Dream to Dram'
NEW FIFE DISTILLERY AT KINGSBARNS IS "TOPPING OUT"
The new single malt distillery under construction at Kingsbarns in Fife has passed
another milestone in its development with the completion of the roof of the refurbished
Director William Wemyss visited the site last week to put one of the last of the
roof tiles into place. Joining him were the Distillery Founder and newly appointed
Visitor Centre Manager, Douglas Clement; new Distillery Manager, Peter Holroyd;
and Director of the site contractor Colorado, Ian Bownes. "Topping out" is a
tradition in the building industry when a building is being completed with its roof
or top. In this instance, the Wemyss party also marked the occasion with a dram
from the Wemyss Malts whisky range.
The Wemyss family bought the Kingsbarns Distillery project in January 2013 and
construction at the site began at Easter that year. Approximately 6 miles from St.
Andrews, the distillery and its visitor centre are 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.
William Wemyss, commented on behalf of the family: "It's been a very exciting
year watching the site re-development progress. We've still got a lot to do to fulfil
our dream of distilling at Fife's newest single malt distillery, however we expect to
be underway in November and are planning that the visitor centre and cafe will be
open to the public from December this year. Key members of our new team are
now in place and we welcome Peter Holroyd as Distillery Manager and the
Distillery Founder Douglas Clement as Visitor Centre Manager. "