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You can now become part of Annandale Distillery’s history by joining our small and select group of cask owners.
Fill your own or choose one of a very limited number of first production 200 litre casks.
- What it means to be an Annandale Cask Owner -
Certificate of Ownership
After purchasing a cask, the owner is presented with a personalised Annandale Distillery Cask Owner’s Certificate. The whisky is allowed to mature in the Annandale Distillery warehouse under bond for at least 10 years where it is tended by the whisky distillery team.
A VIP Cask Owner tour will be arranged on Cask Owner’s Day where a 10% discount in Annandale’s coffee shop and shop will apply on the day of the visit.
Other visits can be arranged by appointment during the maturation of your whisky where owners can see their private cask of whisky. Please bear in mind that Annandale is a working distillery so appointments are subject to our operational requirements.
Cask samples are available on request (charge applies) and may be sent internationally although there may be international restrictions in some countries and duty may be payable. Owners are responsible for clearing the sample through customs and paying duty as appropriate.
Bottling and Shipping
After 10 years, the Master Distiller will be able to advise the owner when the cask is ready for bottling. At this point final payment will be due which will include Excise Duty, bottling and labelling costs, and VAT (Value Added Tax). Payment must be made before the cask can be removed from bond.
The cask will be hand bottled in its entirety into standard bottles with a label design provided by Annandale. If an owner would prefer an alternative bottle or label design it must be agreed by in writing by Annandale and we will do our best to accommodate all reasonable suggestions. However labelling must comply with the prevailing legislation.
When the bottles are ready for collection, this should be arranged and paid for by the owner after making the necessary arrangements with Annandale. If an owner would like Annandale to organise delivery this may be possible depending on the country of destination. The wooden cask remains the property of Annandale.
"Gorgeous" - Dr Jim Swan
Peated Spirit in a ‘fresh’ ex-bourbon cask (nominal capacity = 200 litres). The peating level is ~45ppm phenolics which is broadly similar in ‘peatiness’ to Caol Ila; i.e. between Bowmore/Talisker and Lagavulin/Ardbeg.
Unpeated Spirit in a ‘fresh’ ex-bourbon cask (nominal capacity = 200 litres)
‘Fresh’ means previously used to mature bourbon. Fresh ex-bourbon casks tend to cause the spirit to mature more quickly because the oak is more active. It will also impart more ‘bourbon’ characteristics because the oak is impregnated to some small extent with the previous occupant and also because of the ‘new oak effect’ (which actually gives bourbon its character).
SPECIALIST CASKS (subject to availability)
We will also be filling a limited number of ex-sherry butts with peated and unpeated spirit during 2018. These have a nominal capacity of ~500 litres. Sherry butts bring a slightly sweet/brown fruit/winey character to the maturing whisky and they also make it darker. Authentic sherry butts are hard to come by and are snapped up quickly.
Refill Bourbon Casks
We currently fill a small number of refill casks. These are less active than 'fresh' so they’re particularly appropriate for whisky that will be ‘laid down’ for a long time (10+ years). These casks were used previously to mature our first Annandale bottlings so have a real historical significance. Annandale Distillery has laid down about 50% of its first three years of production into refills, with a view to extended maturation.
Shaved, Toasted & Re-Charred ex-red wine casks. The brain child of the late Dr Jim Swan in collaboration with José Y Miguel Martín SL these rapidly impart a distinctive fruity character to the maturing spirit.
These are all special orders. Sherry butts and STRs must be filled fairly immediately upon arrival at the distillery so we don’t hold stocks. We keep a waiting list in anticipation of our next consignment from Spain. If you would like to join that waiting list, please contact James Rogerson.