Wemyss Malts Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
family (pronounced “Weems” or “Weemz”) is a bastion of Scottish heritage. They
have lived in Wemyss Castle, which sits upon a small cliff side on the Firth of
Forth (across the bay from Edinburgh), for over 600-years. The Gaelic origin of
their name refers to the castles location on a rocky outcrop and translates as “Caves”.
Interestingly, back in the early 1800’s John Haig (founder of the well-known
Haig’s Whiskey) built his first Distillery on land leased from the Wemyss
Currently owning vineyards in France and Australia, the family decided to establish Wemyss Malts Ltd in 2005. Their aim is to build a Whiskey portfolio of distinction, which they have seemingly achieved, given the many industry awards already attained. In 2013 they announced the building of Kingsbarns Distillery, a new single Malt facility and visitor centre in East Fife (near the famous St. Andrews Golf Course), with a view for completion in 2014. In the late spring of 2010 they launched Darnley’s View, their first Gin. This has followed in the footsteps of their Whiskey, gaining a handful of awards in a short time.