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Wemyss Malts Fife Whisky Festival

Wemyss Malts


Published on: 6/11/19 by Justine

From the outset, when the idea of a whisky festival in Fife was just a glint in our eyes, the team at Wemyss Malts was one of our greatest advocates. So we’re always delighted to know that Jacqueline and her fabulous team will be joining us each year and 2020 is no exception.

Wemyss Malts Fife Whisky Festival

Wemyys Malts are family whisky makers and the Wemyss name heralds from the ancient Kingdom of Fife. This independent bottler is well known for its carefully chosen casks which form the basis for either their acclaimed single cask bottlings or their award winning blended malts.

The company was founded in 2005 by William Wemyss who uses his background in wine making to blend the single malt whiskies expertly sought by his sister, Isabella.

The Wemyss range of single cask expressions can consist of between 100 to 700 bottles each. Therefore, these limited edition whiskies are highly sought after and often difficult to find!

Wemyss’ blended malts include their Core Range – The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney – which are also bottled as Batch Strength editions; The Family Collection and the independent bottler’s Limited Editions.

Wemyss Malts Fife Whisky Festival

All the whiskies in the Wemyss range are non chill-filtered and have proved to be incredibly popular with previous Fife Whisky Festival goers.

Wemyss Malts also owns Fife’s Kingsbarns Distillery, situated about eight miles from St Andrews. Kingsbarns opened in 2014 with the first cask filled with spirit in March the following year and the first general release single malt – Dream To Dram – released in early 2019. You can read more about the distillery itself in a separate blog post.

Wemyss Malts Fife Whisky Festival

Be sure to say hello to the Wemyss and Kingsbarns teams – they’ll be right next to each other! – on 7th March and enjoy a taste of the fantastic selection of whisky they’ll be pouring!

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Kingsbarns and Wemyss Malts


Published on: 18/09/18 by Justine

Having visited Kingsbarns distillery several times now, we can say that a few things have changed since St Andrews Day 2014 when, founder, Douglas Clement’s ‘From Dream To Dram’ distillery was officially opened.

The first spirit came off the stills in January 2015 and in December this year, those members of the Founders Club, who supported Kingsbarns right from the start, will be rewarded with the inaugural bottling. We look forward to a general release shortly afterwards. If the recently released two year old spirit drink, created from two first fill ex-bourbon barrels, is anything to go by, these are exciting times.

Doug has since moved on to more success with a new venture, Fife Ambassadors, and the distillery is now owned and operated by the Wemyss family, who were partners from the beginning. Here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ, we still mourn the loss of the amazing Velvet Fig, a limited edition blended malt from Wemyss Malts. Thankfully, they still create plenty of other delicious whisky.

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As you can probably guess, we’re big fans of the Kingsbarns and Wemyss Malts teams and we’re delighted that they’re returning to the Fife Whisky Festival on 9th March. Whether it’s from their blended malts ranges (bottled at both 46% abv and at batch strength), their new Family Casks range or their single cask offerings, whichever dram you taste, you’ll not leave the Wemyss Malts stand disappointed!

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For those of you who also enjoy a malternative, Wemyss’ Darnley’s Gin and Darnley’s Spiced Gin aren’t too shabby either! Now that the new Darnley’s gin distillery is up and running at Kingsbarns, it’d be the perfect opportunity to taste them if you haven’t already.

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