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Nc'nean

CEO Annabel Thomas left her job as a consultant in London after a whisky road trip prompted her to see if she could create a distillery with a difference. By March 2017, Nc’nean (pronounced Nook-knee-anne, it’s an abbreviation of Neachneohain, a witch-queen in Scots Gaelic folklore), was founded as the first fully organic modern distillery in Scotland powered by 100% renewable energy. The wood chips for the biomass boiler are sourced from a local forest, while all by-products are recycled as animal and plant feed on Drimin Estate where the distillery is located.

The distillery employs long mashes times and slower fermentation with varying yeast strains not commonly used in distillation. The unusual lamp-glass-shaped stills with have horizontal lyne arms and shell and tube condensers produce a light and fruity spirit, something the brand worked to achieve with the late distilling consultant Jim Swan, who “masterminded the design of the distillery and the base whisky recipe”. The new-make is rich, malty and has plenty of stone fruit. Two dunnage warehouses, located on the hill behind the distillery, feature temperature regulators to allow Nc’nean greater control over the flavour generated in cask over time.

The first whisky to be released by Nc’nean distillery is expected in 2020, although you can purchase a limited number of individual casks which are made available annually in the meantime if you fancy. Or enjoy its lovely Botanical Spirit.

Since 2019, Nc’nean has begun to offer two women the opportunity to learn to make whisky, from mashing and distilling through to maturation, with two all-expenses-paid summer internships.

Nc'nean Organic Single Malt Whisky - Batch 1

70cl, 46%

Behold, the first batch of Nc'nean Organic Single Malt Whisky! It was made with organic Scottish barley, alongside Fermentis and Anchor yeasts, and endures a long fermentation of up to 114 hours.…  More info

Nc'nean Organic Single Malt Whisky - Batch 1
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$51.73

Nc'nean Botanical Spirit

50cl, 40%

This botanical spirit from Scotland’s first 100% organic distillery Nc'nean was created with a combination of the distillery's barley spirit and ten botanicals, such as wild bog myrtle, sorrel,…  More info

Nc'nean Botanical Spirit
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$26.91

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