About this SPIRIT
Kingsbarns Distillery is based in Fife, a short drive down the coast from the town of St Andrews. The distillery was born from the idea of a local golf caddy, who realised there were no distilleries in the “home of golf”. At the same time, the Wemyss family – a Scottish business family – were looking to establish their own whisky distillery. In 2012, siblings Isabella and William Wemyss joined the Kingsbarns project, bringing with them a wealth of industry contacts, expertise and financial backing – as well as their historical connection to Fife, dating back to the 12th century.
Two years later, the distillery opened its doors to the public, which is when Distillery Manager Peter Holroyd joined the team. Kingsbarns began distilling their first spirit in 2015; today, they have a small selection to their name including their Dream to Dram and Bell Rock single malts.
“Because we’re such a small team, everyone gets involved in everything,” Peter tells us in this interview. “You’re involved in every aspect of the business, and everyone helps out. I’m really lucky to work here – it’s a gorgeous wee spot.”
Read more about the Kingsbarns story here.
Lowland whiskies come from the area north of the English border, and south of a line drawn between Greenock in the west, and Dundee in the east. Traditionally they have been the source of a lot of the whisky to be used for blends, as such the style is much lighter than other regions, with little or no peat. By the late 19th centaury almost the entire production of the Lowland distilleries went for blending
The growth in popularity and power of the Highland and Speyside distilleries, has been matched by a fall from favour for Lowland producers, to such an extent that today there are only three left in production. By far and away the two biggest whisky distilleries are Auchentoshan and Glenkinchie. The third being Bladnoch, which is also, the most southerly distillery of all.
Auchentoshan Distillery is on the northern edge of Glasgow and was founded in 1800. It has a light, cereal and citrus nose and a clean, dry finish. Glenkinchie Distillery is located at Pencaitland, just outside Edinburgh. Typical of Lowland malt whiskies: fragrant and reserved, with a clean, fresh flavour.
There are some silent stills, whose whiskies are still found from time to time. Rosebank is quite often seen and was generally considered to be the best Lowland malt. Occasionally, but more rarely seen are St.Magdalene from Linlithgow, Littlemill from Bowling Dumbartonshire and Ladyburn, which was housed inside William Grants grain distillery at Girvan on the Ayrshire coast.