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Fife’s Kingsbarns Distillery toasts five year milestone

Second Founders’ release celebrates success of Lowland whisky
The latest release
The latest release
Kingsbarns Distillery, producer of the recently launched ‘Dream to Dram’ single malt, has marked the start of a new decade and toasted its fifth anniversary, together with the global success of its whisky to date.

Opened in 2014 after the three year renovation of a derelict farm steading in the East Neuk of Fife, owners the Wemyss Family will gather their dedicated distillery team, along with friends, family and fans to celebrate the realisation of their dream to produce fine single malt in their home county.

The distillery hosted a series of events for members of their Founders’ Club and showcased their new expression – Founders’ Reserve 2019. The second bottling in their series of five Founders’ Club releases, the whisky is matured in shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine barriques from Portugal.

Bottled at cask strength (61.1% ABV), on the palate notes of spiced marmalade and sultanas soaked in cider brandy lead to a long herbal finish. Just 3,000 bottles will be made available to Founders Club members (Kingsbarns Founders Club membership can be purchased online).

While this landmark date was a time for reflection, the team at Kingsbarns focused on the future and building on the success of their portfolio and their visitor centre in recent years.

Since its official opening on St Andrews day in 2015, Kingsbarns Visitor Centre has seen a 72 per cent increase in visitor numbers, from 8.7k in 2005 to 15k in 2018. It has also retained a much coveted five-star Visit Scotland rating and is on track to see a significant increase in visitors once again.

Speaking on behalf of the Wemyss family as they celebrated the anniversary, William Wemyss said:

“We have been thrilled by the positive reception to our inaugural release in both the whisky industry and amongst whisky drinkers around the world. Some exciting and different casks continue to mature in our warehouse, none more so than this new Founder’s Club expression.”


L – R is Peter Holroyd the Distillery Manager and William Wemyss from the Wemyss Family
L – R is Peter Holroyd the Distillery Manager and William Wemyss from the Wemyss Family