Kingsbarns Distillery and visitor centre
The Kingsbarns Distillery and the visitor centre opened its doors to the public on 1 December. Since then the centre has had visitors from the village and local businesses as well as (inter)national tourists interested in the whisky making process.
The distillery is situated in Kingsbarns in the Scottish Lowlands. It’s owned by the family Wemyss, known for their blended malts and single casks. Thanks to this new distillery they can add an own single malt to their product line.
In a few weeks they’ll start distilling at Kingsbarns, after the last checks on the equipment have been done. That way a new Kingsbarns whisky might be announced in January. This means we can expect the first Kingsbarns single malt around the beginning of 2018.
For those who can’t wait until then, the distillery together with the visitor centre, the shop and the bar are already open. Every day there are guided tours followed by a tasting of Wemyss malts. On the website you can also register for a more extended and specialised tour.
Source: Kingsbarns Distillery newsletter, Evy Vinck
Michael Urquhart, managing director until September.
Michael Urquhart, managing director of Gordon & McPhail, is retiring in September. For the first time in the 120-year history of the family company, someone outside the family will run the distillery. Ewen Mackintosh is now the chief operating officer and he will take over from Michael Urquhart after the transition. Mackintosh has spent his career with Gordon & MacPhail, starting out as a student while he was attending the University of St. Andrews. Since 1991 he has been managing whisky supplies and the development of the Benromach Distillery. “We are moving from what I describe as a sibling partnership, myself, my two brothers, and my sister down to the next generation. It’s a positive evolution,” said Urquhart. Urquhart will stay involved in the business in an advisory role. He will also continue his work with the Scottish Council for Development & Industry’s Highlands & Islands Committee.
The small Islay distillery has grown to be so popular over the last two years that the owners have built a new warehouse to store the casks and meet the demand of the market. The current production is 26 casks each week. The warehouse has a capacity of 10,000 casks and costs £450,000. Highlands and Islands Enterprise supports the project with a £110,000 grant. The Kilchoman Distillery, which holds Machir Bay and Islay Single Malt, grows its own barley for whisky and is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland.
Source: Island News & Advertiser