NEW FOR DEC' 2022 - 5YR OLD FOUNDERS' SELECTION SHERRY HOGSHEADS!


Man O'Words Founders Selection Sherry Hogshead

Cask 587 (2016)- Man O'Words Founders' Selection Sherry Hogshead - 59.7% ABV

The above cask was originally an American oak hogshead seasoned with Oloroso sherry for a year period prior to filling back in 2016. In 2019, it was deemed that this cask was at risk of becoming over mature so the whisky was re-racked into refill Hogsheads. These refill casks have slowed the maturation process down nicely to produce an exquisite 5-year old bottling.

Nose- Initial rich hints of caramelising brown sugar opens up to dried fruity notes of Dates and Raisins, rich Christmas cake and back notes of creamy sweet vanilla, salted caramel

Palate- nutty hints of hazel and walnut lead into a spicy, tongue coating mouthfeel and a caramel finish.

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Man O'Sword Founders' Selection Sherry Hogshead

Cask 541 (2016)- Man O'Sword Sherry Hogshead- 59.5% ABV

The above cask was originally an American oak hogshead seasoned with Oloroso sherry for a 2 year period prior to filling back in 2016. In 2019, it was deemed that this cask was at risk of becoming over mature so the whisky was re-racked into refill Hogsheads. These refill casks have slowed the maturation process down nicely to produce an exquisite 5-year old bottling.

Nose- initial hints of steeped rich dried fruits including raisins and dates followed by notes of treacle, butter and toffee. Subtle whisps of tobacco peak through towards the end.

Palate- an initial blast of sweet tobacco, fresh herbal notes and spices leads onto sweet buttery hints and a medicinally sweet aftertaste

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Founders' Selection - STR (Shaved, Toasted & Re-Charred) Ex-Burgundy Casks - Swan/Martin 

Man O'Words Founders' Selection - STR Cask 321

Cask 321 (2017) Man O’Words (62.1% ABV)- this STR (Shaved, Toasted and Recharred) Ex-French Burgundy cask was filled with unpeated new make spirit on the 16th March 2017 and bottled on the 15th June 2020. This wonderfully unique Coopering process which was the Brainchild of the late Dr Jim Swan and Spanish cooperage Jose Miguel Martin produces a golden amber dram with spicy notes of cinnamon, vanilla, fresh conference pears, summer strawberries and Braeburn apple.

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Man O' Sword Founders' Selection - STR Cask 355

Cask 355 (2017) Man O’ Sword (61.9% ABV)- this STR (Shaved, Toasted and Recharred) Ex- French Burgundy cask was filled with unpeated new make spirit on the 23rd March 2017 and bottled on the 15th June 2020. This wonderfully unique Coopering process which was the Brainchild of the late Dr Jim Swan and Spanish cooperage Jose Miguel Martin produces a dram with a rich golden amber hue, notes of tobacco smoke, smoky bacon and hints of coconut, sweet almond cherry Bakewell, creamy vanilla and fresh peach.

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Str Technical notes by Professor David Thomson

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Prof. David Thomson & Dr. Jim Swan

Annandale Distillery will launch Swan/Martin STR-matured, peated (Man O' Sword) and unpeated (Man O’ Words) Single Cask, Single Malts under its Founders’ Selection label. It’s our tribute to the great man. - Prof. David Thomson