The revived Annandale Distillery is about to reveal its first two single malt whisky expressions after research into sensory profiles that were missing from the category.
Man O’Words is described as a fresh and free-spirited whisky, inspired by Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns who was an exciseman in Annan where the distillery is located. It offers “excellent” balance between fruit and vanilla and “intriguing depth”.
The second of the much-anticipated releases is Man O’Sword which was created to challenge the misconception that distilleries in the south of Scotland only produce light and fruity expressions, with a distinctive soft and very well-balanced smokiness.
They will both be a limited release of early production, launched on World Whisky Day tomorrow, June 13.
They were developed with the help of food and beverage sensory specialist MMR Research Worldwide from the outset. Both expressions were developed from the bottom up, starting with the target sensory profiles of the whiskies and building a compelling brand narrative and visual assets from there.
The releases are the culmination of a £14 million project to restore, redevelop and relaunch the Annandale Distillery which dates back to 1830 and later produced Johnnie Walker whisky until its closure in 1921.
The derelict buildings were acquired in 2007 by Professor David Thomson and Teresa Church who brought distilling back to the site and restored operations in 2014 ahead of the first bottling in November last year.
David said: “It has been a long haul from first encountering the derelict distillery to seeing our brands on shelf but it has been a joy and a privilege to be part of this journey.
“We’re delighted with the character, mellowness and balance of our ‘early release’ whiskies which have already developed a distinctive ‘Annandale style’.”
Annandale Distillery will be pouring Man O’Words and Man O’Sword at The Whisky Lounge’s Edinburgh Whisky Festival on June 16 and at The Whisky Show in London in September.