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Whisky Magazine Issue 135

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Tue 26 Apr 2016

Kingsbarns Distillery takes to four wheels

Kingsbarns Distillery is hoping to welcome more visitors to the Visitor Centre this May by running a free minibus between St Andrews Visitor Information Centre, the Fairmont Hotel and the Distillery.

The three times a day service will initially run from 1 May to 31 May. Pick up times from the St Andrews Visitor Information Centre are at 10am, 1pm and 4pm, with stops about 10 minutes later at the Fairmont Hotel on the way to the Distillery. Visitors will join the one hour tours starting at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm, before being returned to their starting point.

The minibus is free and has 8 seats for passengers. Spaces can be reserved on the minibus by calling the St Andrews Visitor Information Centre on +44 (0) 1334 472021.

Douglas Clement, Founder and Visitor Centre Manager at Kingsbarns Distillery commented: "Our Distillery and Visitor Centre opened on St Andrews Day 2014 (30 November) and we've had nearly 11,000 visitors on tour since we opened. We hope that our free minibus service will enable us to bring even more people here to enjoy a tour, a visit to our cafe and shop "

The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am to 6pm, with tours running hourly from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Tours can be booked online at or at the St Andrews Visitor Information Centre at 70 Market Street, St Andrews.
Tue 19 Apr 2016

Ex-SWA director joins Board of WhiskyInvestDirect

WhiskyInvestDirect, the online marketplace enabling investors to buy and sell Scotch whisky as it matures and gains value in the barrel, has appointed former Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) director Campbell Evans to its board.

WhiskyInvestDirect launched in September last year. In its first six months, investors using the platform bought more than £2 million of maturing Scotch, holding it in the same bonded warehouses as major distillers use to care for the maturing whisky they own.

The SWA is the 100-year old trade body representing the £4.5-billion Scotch whisky industry. Campbell Evans stood down as Director of International Affairs last year, having joined as Head of Media Relations in 1991.

He joins WhiskyInvestDirect CEO Rupert Patrick (formerly at Ian Macleod Distillers, Beam and then Diageo), co-founder Paul Tustain (head of world-leading gold and silver exchange BullionVault) and Rob Procter (representing preference shareholders after last year's £1.55m crowd funding via Angels Den) on the Board of this innovative and fast-growing company.

Rupert Patrick said: "Campbell is a highly respected member of the Scotch whisky industry, and I am delighted that he has agreed to join our Board. The breadth and depth of Campbell's knowledge and contacts will be a major advantage to WhiskyInvestDirect as we build upon our successful launch."

Campbell Evans said: "WhiskyInvestDirect provides an exciting opportunity for individuals looking to diversify their investments. For the industry it provides a new and different platform to trade spirit. I am delighted to join at this early stage and help assist establish WhiskyInvestDirect as a vehicle for investment and trade. "

WhiskyInvestDirect's online platform acts like a stock exchange for maturing Scotch. Today it offers 10 single malts and two grain whiskies, all of them key constituents of major blended brands. Users can trade as little as 1 litre of pure alcohol at a time, currently costing between £1.40 for young grain to £4.20 for 3-year old malt.

Blended whisky accounts for 9 bottles in every 10 sold worldwide by the Scotch industry each year.

Industry data for 2006-2015 show that Scotch whisky sold in the barrel at 8 years old had appreciated by 10.7% per annum on average from its price at filling, net of storage costs.

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