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2018 has been a year of firsts for Annandale Distillery:
In June, we selected a limited number of casks from our first 2014 production to produce the first single cask, single malt Scotch whisky from Annandale Distillery for nearly 100 years.
Now, we proudly unveil another first - the first Annandale single cask, single malt Scotch whisky to be matured in sherry butts. We've selected just two casks from our 2015 production to bottle and they are now available to pre-order for Christmas delivery. You can choose from unpeated Man O'Words and peated Man O'Sword.
For this release, we were lucky enough to obtain authentic Oloroso Spanish oak sherry butts from Miguel Martin, Spain. These hard-to-come-by sherry butts were used to mature Spanish sherry time and time again. Selected by Dr Jim Swan, they represent a singular approach to maturing single malt whisky. The result is a stunning depth of flavour.
Presented in a striking gift box, these bottles are individually numbered with cask and bottle number - truly a gift to treasure.
And if a sherried finish isn't your style, you'll be pleased to hear that we're also releasing individually numbered bottles drawn from 2015 'fresh' once-used ex-Bourbon casks.
'Elegant, distinctive and subtle. Remarkable at this young age' - Charles Maclean
The rarest and most exclusive of Annandale's Single Cask, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, our inaugural 2014 release is drawn from just 20 of the 188 casks filled in our first year. Annandale's signature style is already emerging after just three and a half years in-cask and they've attracted high acclaim from Charles MacLean and Jim Murray.
A true collector's edition, presented in a striking gift box together with a signed card from the whole Distillery team.
'I had the good fortune of knowing the late Dr Jim Swan for 35 years; initially via our mutual specialisation in sensory science and finally in his capacity as Annandale Distillery’s technical consultant.
Jim played the leading role in designing Annandale’s whisky-making plant. Indeed, it was he who conceived the idea of twin spirit stills for enhanced copper contact. The resulting whisky is characteristically smooth, mellow and fruity. After just 40 months in-cask Annandale’s unique style has already emerged. That this could happen at such an early stage in the life of our whisky is a lasting tribute to Jim’s genius.
We haven’t ‘finished’ these early-release 2014 whiskies in either sherry wood or exotic wine casks because there was simply no need. We’d rather let Jim’s legacy speak for itself. Enjoy!'
Co-owner, Annandale Distillery
Annandale was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to pair-up one large wash still with two small spirit stills running in parallel. This greatly increases the ratio of surface area of copper to volume of liquid within the spirit stills, thereby encouraging copper complexing and the consequent precipitation of impurities. The resulting spirit is wonderfully smooth.