Annandale DistilleryAnnandale Distillery

Distillery
Founded in 1830
It wasn't purely entrepreneurial nor (just) the Whisky fever that brought together David Thomson and Teresa Church ― the first a Scottish expat who was searching for a connection with his homeland, the second super-passionate about restoring old buildings. What brought them together was entirely irrational, a "love at first sight" that took them over when seeing the historic Annandale buildings back in 2006.

They couldn't quite wrap their minds around the reasons behind the distillery lying dormant for nearly a century. And neither would they let its position in Southern Scotland define their Whisky. Yes, it's the Lowlands, but hey ― why limit yourself to the light, mellow, and fruity style that the local barley supposedly imparts when transportation is such a non-issue in modern times?

With no artificial constraints, they decided on peated as well as unpeated Whiskies that would carry a unique and recognizable Annandale signature, while still fitting into the sensory world of Single Malts. They went about it the scientific way, with a team dedicated to mapping the sensory profiles of 60 Single Malts. On it, they found just the right spot for their unique Whisky. Then they called up Dr. Jim Swan, the best kind of chemist ― the kind that deals in Whisky.

Both the peated and non-peated Whiskies would need to have a fruity/estery, sweet, and vanilla-focused profile, which is achieved with limited agitation of the grain bed during the mashing process and two specific yeast strains. Then Swan designed a twin Spirit still with a copper wash still and 2 copper Spirit stills. The resulting liquid? Incredibly smooth. Once the first Single Malts had matured in 2018 and the reviews and accolades began rolling in, it became clear ― they'd succeeded.

The distillery now pours its love into 6 different brands: the 1st-tier Annandale Distillery, Man O' Sword & Man O' Words prestigious Single Malts, Vintage and Founders Selection, Rascally Liquor clear malt Spirit, and Nation of Scots blended Whisky.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
    1830
  • Owner
    Independent
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Visitor center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Annandale Distillery, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, DG12 5LL United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1461 207817
  • Website
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Annandale sits VERY close to the southern border of Scotland. In fact, if it were just two miles further south, it wouldn't be in Scotland at all and could not call its products Scotch.

Their Cask #1 just sold -- untasted -- for $1 million. And "lucky" Cask #8 sold for $888,888.
About
Lowlands
Perching just above England, the Lowlands can play truant from peat or salinity. 

Triple distilled malts are characteristic of the Lowland region, offering a gentle, elegant palate reminiscent of grass, honeysuckle, cream, ginger, toffee, toast and cinnamon.

The Lowlands are master of the Whisky blend and are also known for their silent stills, which sadly no longer produce.

Learn more about Lowland distilleries.
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