The distillery was originally built in 1830 by George Donald, a former excise officer from Banff in Aberdeenshire. He chose the site for building the distillery as there was a pre-existing clearing in the woods with a plentiful water source, which is essential for both the production of whisky, and to power the water wheel which would run the internal grain mill for the barley. The abundance of peat in the area meant that George Donald could fuel the kiln for the malted grain by using locally sourced peat from peat bogs just three miles away. The damp and mild climate was also perfect for the maturation of the whisky, in the original bonded warehouse which George Donald built on the site. The beautiful and iconic pink sandstone was locally quarried to build the distillery and dunnage warehouse. The region is famous for this uniquely coloured stone, which can be seen in many other significant buildings nearby. The Distillery was closed in 1918 and was used for farming until 2007, when Professor David Thomson and Teresa Church bought the distillery site, and began an extensive restoration. It took a while but in 2014 the South of Scotland was once again producing fine Single Malt Scotch Whisky.The first bottling was in 2018.
Annandale Man O’Sword (Peated) Double Cask 2017
This whisky was matured for six years in a Woodford Reserve double oak barrel, giving it a rich and complex flavour profile. The aroma is green and fresh, with fruity notes of creamy pineapple, subtle smoky hints, and a touch of leafy maltiness. The palate is oily and peaty, with spicy wood and medium tannins, creating a balanced and smooth mouthfeel. The finish is nutty and peppery, leaving a lasting impression of warmth and spice. This whisky is a rare and exquisite treat for whisky lovers, who will appreciate its depth and character.