Perhaps the least likely distillery to exist Kingsbarns was the brain child of Douglas Clement, a former pro golf caddy with no background in the industry. Happily he had sufficient connection to wealthy investors and a little luck. Clement notes that he was
"fed up sending my golfing clients out of Fife to visit a distillery and I thought, surely there’s an opportunity to create a distillery close to the golf courses?”/q>. With a £1.6 million target, despite securing £100,000 funding and a government grant of £670,000 it looked unlikely that Clement's dream of a Kingsbarns distillery would go ahead.
Happily the attempt attracted the attention of the Wemyss family (owners of Wemyss Malts) who co-incidentally had owned part of the Cambo Estate between 1759 and 1783. In January 2013, in a buyout that saw Clement remaining as a director the the business was sold to the Wemyss family. Work began on Kingsbarns distillery within six months and the distillery was up and running within 18 months.
|Name||Pronounced||AKA||Region||Country of Origin|
|Status||Active||Whisky Type||Website||Tours Available|
|Manager||Distiller||Blender||Owned by||Parent Group|
|Douglas Clement||Douglas Clement|
2009 : Douglas Clement raises £100,000 funding to begin the development project
2012 : The Scottish Government Food Processing Marketing and Co-operation Grant of £670,000 is awarded to the project
2013 : Falling short of the £1.6 million needed Clement sells the company to the Wemyss family
2014 : Visitor Centre was opened on St Andrews Day
2015 : Distilling started in January
2018 : The first whisky (3 years of age) will be ready in 2018