Nc’nean distillery launches its first whisky

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

14 September 2020

Scotland-based distillery Nc’nean has unveiled its first expression, Organic Single Malt Whisky

The spirit is packaged in a 100% recycled clear glass bottle, certified organic, and made by using renewable energy.

Whisky Six

Glass: Short

Garnish: Fresh sprig of mint

Method: Fill a glass with cubed ice and add all the ingredients. Gently stir then garnish.

50ml Nc’nean
100ml soda water

It’s made from organic Scottish barley, and left to mature for three years in ex-Bourbon and ex-red wine barrels. It’s said to be showing notes of lemon posset, peach, apricot and spiced rye bread, and to be ‘smooth and elegant’ on the palate.

‘When I left my London job to found Nc’nean in 2013, I wanted to create a distillery that would be known for creativity and would lead the way in sustainability,’ said founder Annabel Thomas.

‘At the time, 2020 seemed impossibly far away, and we’ve overcome so many hurdles on the journey so far, but I am incredibly excited to have reached this point. But more than that, I feel the quality and taste of our first whisky proves that a focus on the excellence of the spirit with careful sourcing of barley and yeast, and a slow and gentle fermentation and distillation, creates a whisky that is both delicious and sustainable.’ 

Nc’nean’s signature serve is the Whisky Six (see box), a nod to both the recipe and ‘the perfect time of day for a long drink… breaking the perceived “rules” that whisky from Scotland must be drunk neat’.

46% abv, RRP £47.95/700ml, Nc’nean, ncnean.com

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