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Annandale 2017 'Man O'Words' Founders Selection, STR Cask #306, Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 60.1%

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Under the expert guidance of the late Dr Jim Swan, Annandale distillery filled just 90 230L STR Ex-Burgundy casks in March of 2017 with award-winning peated and unpeated new make malt spirit.

These casks were very much the brainchild of the Late Dr Jim Swan and a collaboration with Spanish cooperage Jose Miguel Martin. 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. The casks were then partially filled with oloroso sherry to keep the wood hydrated in transit from Spain to Annandale Distillery.

Tasting Notes from the distillery:

Appearance: Rich, golden amber

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

About the distillery

Annandale is the valley of the River Annan which rises in rugged uplands of northern Dumfriesshire and disgorges into the Solway Firth, just south of the town of Annan. By any standards, Annandale is one of the most scenic and beautiful parts of Scotland.

Annandale Distillery was established in 1836, making it one of the earliest ‘legal’ whisky distilleries in Scotland. However, Annandale is particularly unusual because it was closed in 1918, seemingly for good, until the derelict site was bought by the current owners who reintroduced Scotch whisky production in 2014.

Annandale produces both traditional Peated Malt Whiskies and Unpeated Malt Whiskies, tied into the rich history of the region. The Peated varieties are bottled “Man O’Swords” for famous Lord of Annandale, Robert the Bruce. The Unpeated varieties are bottled “Man O’Words” for renowned Scottish Poet and Annan exciseman, Robert Burns.