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Production back in Fife

Darnley’s comes home to new distillery

William Wemyss
William Wemyss

Darnley’s Gin, one of the pioneers of Britain’s flourishing gin scene, has brought production home to Scotland with the opening of a distillery and visitor centre at Kingsbarns in the East Neuk of Fife.

Previously distilled in London, it will now be exclusively produced where its founders, the Wemyss family, have lived and worked for centuries.

The new distillery is installed in what was once a derelict farm cottage tucked away in the grounds of its sister Kingsbarns Whisky Distillery. Now refurbished, it marks a significant investment for the business and will support the company’s growth plans both at home and overseas.

The year-long renovation project of the Darnley’s Gin ‘cottage’ has focused on creating a distillery with traditional techniques and craftsmanship, incorporating copper stills from Italy. Crafting the spirit will be the responsibility of Fife local Scott Gowans, newly appointed cistiller, who will oversee all aspects of production and recipe development.

Owner and managing director William Wemyss said: “From a business perspective this is a momentous investment.

“As a Scottish family business, it is also a decision that was an instinctive one for us, bringing the making of our gin home to a part of Scotland where we have such deep roots and a connection to the land and local communities.”

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