Fife micro distillery receives planning permission

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Planning permission granted for micro distillery.

A historic steading on Cambo Estate nears Kingsbarns in Fife has received planning permission to be turned into a micro-distillery.

Doug Clement and his team at the Kingsbarn Company of Distillers have been working on the project to create the distillery and visitor centre at the 18th century steadings for over two years.

He told the Courier that the firm want to make a range of spirits when the micro distillery eventually goes into production.

Clement said: “Kingsbarns intends to produce a single malt that breaks free from the traditional ‘Lowland lady’ light, sweet and floral style, and instead produce a lightly-peated, full-bodied malt with a big finish.

“We also intend to produce non-matured spirits-gin, schnapps and a liqueur, ¬†and create Fife’s first distillery visitor centre by the home of golf, encompassing the Doocot Tasting Room, shop, mill cafe and tours.”

Doug told the newspaper that Kingsbarns are hoping that close links with Fife’s legendary golf resorts will be a key to the success of the project.

He added: “Our location on the main Edinburgh-to-St Andrews coastal touring route and our magnificent historic steading give us a clear advantage over the Ladybank site.

“We have already built relationships with the local golf tour operators, golf courses and hotels, including Fairmont St Andrews, who will all be sending customers our way to learn how to make our national drink, single malt scotch whisky.

“Currently the 750,000 to one million visitors who come to St Andrews each year have to travel outside the Kingdom of Fife to Tullibardine or Edradour to visit a distillery.”

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