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’Words (Unpeated) STR Red Wine Burgundy Cask#306 2017
In creating this outstanding Single Malt from a Single Cask, the Annandale Distillery were inspired by the poetic genius of Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scotland’s National Bard.
This unique Single Malt cask expression in a STR cask bottles at cask strenght. It is Complex, fruity and spicies.
STR, Originally filled with fine French Burgundy for a period of up to 7 years, once emptied, these casks went through the unique STR (Shaved Toasting and Recharring) coopering process.
Nose: Spicy hints of cinnamon and nutmeg precede creamy vanilla, butterscotch and sweet caramelised demerara sugar
Palate: Hot melted butter initially which coats the palate, followed by hints of fresh conference pear, summer strawberries and fresh cream, Braeburn apple, blackberry, prunes and cool fresh honeydew melon