Ncn'ean Distillery is a young independent whisky distillery founded and run by Annabel Thomas, with Gordon Wood, distillery manager.
Located in the remote community of Drimnin on the west coast of Scotland, Ncn’ean is aiming to getting people to think about the creation of experimental processes and started distilling in March 2017.
The distillery is committed to a sustainable distilling, including the use of organic barley, a biomass boiler which uses local woodchip and experimenting with different yeasts and longer mashing times.
The distillery expects to release the first whisky in 2020. Until then, the distillery will have the freedom to experiment as they have a number of ideas, some of which will be within the realms of Scotch as defined by the Scotch Whisky Association, and others will be outside it.
Ncn’ean expects to release its first single malt whisky in 2020, when the spirit is three years old.
The style of single malt whisky produced at Ncn’ean will be light and fruity, with maturation taking place predominantly in ex-Bourbon and red wine casks, so the distillery is offering the opportunity to purchase one of its first barrels at £3,000 for an ex-Bourbon cask, and £3,900 for an ex-wine cask.
The name, Ncn'ean, comes from 'Neachneohain' the Queen of Spirits in Gaelic legend. It is pronounced Nc-ne-an, which sounds like Nc-knee-anne.
Ncn’ean is thought to be the first fully organic Scottish distillery, sourcing only organic barley and local spring water to make its single malt spirit. As a result, it is also one of the greenest distilleries in the country, sourcing all its energy from renewable sources and recycling by-products from the process as cattle feed on the estate’s farm.
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