Wemyss Malts owner William Wemyss (at rear) toasts the completion of the roof at Kingsbarns Distillery with Doug Clement, distillery manager Peter Holroyd, and construction manager Ian Bownes. Photo by Douglas Robertson courtesy Wemyss Malts. June 17, 2014 – Construction of the new Kingsbarns Distillery on the Cambo Estate near St. Andrews is on schedule, with plans to open the distillery and begin production later this year. The project has been in the works for several years, spearheaded by Doug Clement, but picked up steam in early 2013 when Weymss Malts owner William Wemyss became the principal investor and took ownership. Wemyss was on hand last week when the distillery’s roof was completed for a formal “topping-out” ceremony (shown at right).

In a news release, Wemyss Malts said the distillery is scheduled to open on November 30 (St Andrews Day), with Peter Holroyd as the first distillery manager. Clement will manage the distillery’s visitors center, which is expected to open in December. The Fife distillery is the closest to St. Andrews, and is expected to be a magnet for tourists attending the 2015 Open Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

For more on this story, listen to Episode 406 of WhiskyCast for a January 2013 interview with William Wemyss on his plans for Kingsbarns.

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