Whisky ga­lore

His­toric day for An­nan Dis­tillery

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS - Sharon Lip­trott

It will be whisky ga­lore at one of Scot­land’s old­est dis­til­leries in Dum­friesshire this month.

The first bot­tle of sin­gle malt Scotch whisky for 99 years at Annandale Dis­tillery will be filled on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15, mark­ing an his­toric mo­ment for the North­field site in An­nan.

It will be the end of a three-year wait for Dum­fries-born owner Pro­fes­sor David Thom­son and his wife Teresa since they helped dis­tillery man­ager Mal­colm Ren­nie fill the first oak cask with 200 litres of pure spirit back in 2014.

They are look­ing for­ward to broach­ing the cov­eted cask no 2014/001 and will draw off a bot­tle of Man O’ Words – the dis­tillery’s un­peated sin­gle malt, de­scribed as “a fruity, non­peaty ex­pres­sion in­spired by Rab­bie Burns.”

Whisky afi­ciona­dos are ex­pect­ing Man O’Words to be light in colour, have soft tones and a sub­tle palate.

The other whisky sit­ting in casks at the dis­tillery is Man O’ Sword (named after Robert The Bruce) and will be a peated malt and darker in colour.

The dis­tillery was es­tab­lished in 1836, be­fore go­ing through three pe­ri­ods of own­er­ship in­clud­ing be­ing run by John­nie Walker dis­tillery.

But the First World War put an end to the dis­tillery and by De­cem­ber 1918 it was closed and the empty build­ings sold to a nearby farm in 1924.

David and Teresa read about the site in 2006 and bought it the fol­low­ing year. A £10.5 mil­lion restora­tion has cre­ated the mod­ern whisky pro­duc­tion plant which is sym­pa­thetic to the orig­i­nal dis­tillery with its re­stored build­ings and was of­fi­cially opened by Princess Anne in 2015.

Dis­till­ing be­gan in Novem­ber 2014 with the first spirit of the new gen­er­a­tion run­ning off the stills at the end of that year – bring­ing whisky mak­ing back to Dum­friesshire.

As it takes a min­i­mum of three years to for­mally be­come Scotch Whisky, visi­tors to the dis­tillery and on­line have only been able to buy its pop­u­lar Ras­cally Liquor new-make spirit since.

How­ever, fol­low­ing the mile­stone first bot­tle drawn, Pro­fes­sor Thom­son says that more will be re­leased in De­cem­ber, pre­sented as “Early re­lease of First Pro­duc­tion” and orders are be­ing taken on the dis­tillery’s web­site.

He said: “We will be re­leas­ing two casks for our first pro­duc­tion of un­peated sin­gle malt whisky (casks no 2014/033 and 2014/037) and two casks from our first pro­duc­tion of peated sin­gle malt whisky (casks no 2014/066 and 2014/071).

“We an­tic­i­pate ap­prox­i­mately 240 se­quen­tially num­bered bot­tles of cask strength whisky from each cask. This rep­re­sents an ex­tremely rare op­por­tu­nity for en­thu­si­asts and col­lec­tors to ac­quire a bot­tle of “first pro­duc­tion” from a sin­gle malt Scotch whisky dis­tillery.”

First bot­tle in 99 years David Thom­son, wife Teresa and dis­tillery man­ager Mal­colm Ren­nie

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