Annandale Distillery, Scotland

Annandale Distillery, Scotland

This afternoon we visited one of Scotland’s newest and smallest whisky distilleries, namely Annandale near Annan and Dumfries in south Scotland, close to the border with England.

Although the present distillery opened as recently as 2014, the site has a long history of distilling between 1813 and 1918 with final closure in 1924 subsequent to which the buildings were used for various farming purposes.

Between 2007 and 2014 a new distillery was constructed on the site of the defunct site under sponsorship of Professor David Thomson and his wife Teresa Church at cost of GBP10.5m.

The distillery is now in production with first spirit qualifying as Scotch Whisky expected to be available in 2017, following the mandatory minimum three-year maturation period. The product will be classified as single malt and available in peated and unpeated versions matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.

Annandale is one of the small number of distilleries in Scotland which offers entire casks for sale, at cost of over GBP2k.

We joined a tour which covered the entire process of malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in tastings of new spirit. Production is currently 1500 litres per month.

Inside Bonded Warehouse at Annandale Distillery, Scotland

Inside Bonded Warehouse at Annandale Distillery, Scotland

Whisky Stills at Annandale Distillery, Scotland

Whisky Stills at Annandale Distillery, Scotland

Washbacks and Mash Tun at Annandale Distillery, Scotland

Washbacks and Mash Tun at Annandale Distillery, Scotland

Fermention in process in washback at Annandale Distillery

Fermention in process in washback at Annandale Distillery

Draff ready for collection at Annandale Distillery.

Draff ready for collection at Annandale Distillery.

Dining at Visitor Centre Cafe

Dining at Visitor Centre Cafe

Annandale Distillery, Annan, Scotland

Annandale Distillery, Annan, Scotland

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