Blends & Rascally

Rascally Liquor

Rascally Liquor® (or simply ‘Rascally’) is Clear Malt Spirit. It’s made in exactly the same way as Single Malt Scotch whisky, except that it isn’t matured in oak casks.

Why not?

There’s no need!

Annandale Distillery’s unique twin spirit stills produce Malt Spirit that’s clear, clean and very smooth, even at 63.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). There are two expressions of Rascally: Fruity, toffee unpeated Rascally and smoky peated Rascally. They can both be enjoyed straight, as shots, or at the very heart of some rather extraordinary cocktails.

OK, but what about the name – Rascally?

Annandale Distillery is situated in the heart of Robert Burns’ country in Dumfries-shire, Scotland. (Robert Burns is Scotland’s National Bard.) He’d moved his family to Dumfries-shire from Ayrshire in 1788, eventually becoming an excise officer. He would have known all of the (then) illicit distilleries in the area, including Annandale, of course. It was during this period of his life that Burns wrote his epic narrative poem, Tam O’Shanter; more of which in a moment.

Before moving to Dumfries-shire Burns had been friendly with a Mr John Tennant (nothing to do with Tennent’s Lager) who was an Ayrshire farmer and whisky maker extraordinaire (presumably illicit). Unfortunately, Mr Tennant had experienced financial difficulties and lost his whisky-making business. Burns missed his friend (and his whisky) but they kept in touch by letter. It was in a letter to Mr Tennant dated December 22nd, 1788 that Burns bemoaned the quality of the local whisky, writing…… “The whisky of this country is a most rascally liquor; and by consequence only drank by the most rascally part of the inhabitants” (my forebearers, presumably).

We liked the irreverence of ‘Rascally Liquor’ and adopted the name for our Clear Malt Spirit. Although it’s clear, clean and smooth, it’s definitely irreverent!

The imagery shown on our Rascally labels depicts two scenes from Tam O’Shanter. One shows Tam (a ne’er do well) riding into town for a night on the booze. The other shows him being chased by the Devil’s entourage (the ‘Hellish Legion’).

But which label is on peated Rascally?

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NAtion OF Scots

Nation Of Scots

It’s often said that Scotland’s two greatest exports are Scotch Whisky and its people.

In 2018, Scotch Whisky exports reached a record high of 1.28 billion bottles per annum (or 41 bottles per second), worth a staggering £4.7 billion.

Migration figures during the Scottish diaspora are equally remarkable. In the 70 year period between 1861 – 1931 (that’s about 2½ generations) over 2.6 million souls emigrated from Scotland to start a new life elsewhere, principally the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and England. (That’s about 1 million people per generation!) Today, there are some 25 million people worldwide who identify as being ‘Scottish’. These are the ‘Nation of Scots’.

A surprisingly large number of migrants embarked from various small ports on the Scottish shores of the Solway Firth, including Glencaple, Dumfries, Carsethorn and, of course, Annan. Some migrants departed on direct sailings to far flung places in what would now be considered to be ludicrously small sailing ships, whilst others transited via Liverpool to join larger vessels. It’s hardly surprising that there are various places named ‘Annan’ or ‘Annandale’ in all of the principal overseas emigration destinations (Annandale in Sydney, Virginia, and Prince Edward Island and Mount Annan in New Zealand, to name a few).

With Nation of Scots Blended Scotch Whisky, Annandale Distillery salutes our intrepid forebearers and reaches out to the worldwide community of Scots.

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