“The news that Doug Clement’s Kingsbarns Distillery project is to have the backing of the family-owned Wemyss bottling concern & is now set to open in 2014 will encourage many of those who have supported Clement’s indefatigable and sometimes eccentric attempts to get his project off the ground……Wemyss’s bottlings, though heavy in its promotional push on the upmarket, castellated, background of the family, have a tinge of the off-the-wall ethos promoted by Clement and he remains on board as a director.” Tom Morton, Caledonian Mercury
“Dreamers abound in the whisky business. In the case of the Kingsbarns Distillery project planned near St. Andrews in Scotland, two dreamers had to join forces to achieve their goal. Doug Clement had everything needed to make Kingsbarns work…except money. William Wemyss wanted to build a distillery in the area where his family has lived for centuries. Now, Wemyss Malts has acquired Kingsbarns, and Doug Clement might just wind up as the distillery manager when it opens in 2014.” Mark Gillespie, WhiskyCast.
“They may seem like an odd combination but the coming together of a golf caddie, an abandoned 18th century doocot & one of Fife’s oldest & established families is about to start a whisky boom in one of Scotland’s most unexpected places…….Mr Clement said that he was delighted to see his dream realised at last ‘I want to create something meaningful & long lasting. I have lived here all my life’.” Hamish Macdonell, The Times
“This 18th century farm steading is the stuff of dreams being turned into reality…..The idea is to capitalise on 2 of Scotland’s greatest assets, golf & whisky.” Craig Millar, STV News
“As ever, there is an intensity about him that compels me to find out more about his remarkable journey from bag carrier to whisky entrepreneur….you get the sense the idea he had while caddying had very little to do with creating a fortune or feathering his nest” Great Golf Magazine
“When Douglas Clement realised there was a gap in the market for a whisky distillery in Fife, he embarked on an incredible journey….The motto at the foot of the Kingsbarns Distillery brochure reads “From dream to dram”. It couldn’t be more appropriate. For one of the newest jewels in the glittering East Neuk crown wouldn’t be here at all if it wasn’t for the dream – and determination – of one man. Douglas Clement might not be your average distillery founder but its definitely his baby” Chae Strathie, Living Magazine.
” ‘A man is at his happiest on the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it to another sailor” I had never really considered that saying until I met Douglas Clement…..Doug is a Fifer to the core of his soul. He has a deep and long respect for the game of golf combined with enjoyment of whisky. He did not give up on his dream, he chose to let it go to the ‘next sailor’. The Wemyss family had everything they need to launch and Douglas saw that. That takes courage, trust and the personality of a visionary…..Here is to you, Douglas Clement, for seeing the vision that has become a lovely reality” Johanne McInnis, Whiskylassie.