Annandale

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Annandale Distillery, Northfield, Annan, Dumfriesshire, DG12 5LL
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Co-ordinates" Co-ordinates: 55.001637, -3.255590
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0)1461 207 817
Email" Email: info@annandaledistillery.com
Web" Web: https://www.annandaledistillery.com/ external_link_coppr
Twitter" Twitter: Annandale Distillery (@AnnandaleDstlry)

Facts and figures

LocationAnnandale Distillery, Northfield, Annan, Dumfriesshire, DG12 5LL
Founded1830
OwnerDavid Thompson)

Opening Hours

Open seven days a week throughout the year ; check for details of opening hours.

Tours

Classic Distillery Tour

£12.5

Annandale Distillery has been through three whisky eras. Whilst in the ownership of the famous Johnnie Walker, Annandale Distillery closed in 1918. Rescued by David Thomson & Teresa Church in 2007, this once derelict distillery sprang back into life on November 3rd, 2014. Learn about the history of Annandale Distillery and how they produce fine Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and finish with a taste of Annandale’s exceptional whiskies.

Review: Classic Distillery Tour (14:00 on 26/10/2019)

Price: £12.5

I booked at Annandale at 1500 via their website. Before my tour at Annandale, I was booked at Bladnoch and left a bit of a gap between them to allow for traffic. I actually arrived at Annandale about 1345 so checked if I could move my tour forward an hour. Fortunately, this was possible to do and I went on the 1400 tour with three other guests. Our guide was Ben, who was knowledgeable about the distillery and its history.

The tour didn't cover the mill room although the process waw discussed. We saw all of the other production areas, which at this distillery are all located in one long room. Despite being a new distillery, Annandale is actually an old distillery brought back to life. New distilleries are often all in one room, but with this being an old building, it was surprising to see.

That said, the production area is well laid out and flows from fermentation through to distillation. Ben covered each part of the tour well, both in terms of depth and also presentation style. He even told me one piece of information I've not been told before; after 217 tours of 127 distilleries, this does still happen occasionally and it's worth calling out when it does.

When the tour starts, you get your first sample to try; as I was driving I did not get this sample, but was told I'd get them supplied in bottles to take away. The final samples come when we were in the warehouse, where there was four samples to try; two of new make spirit and two of the whiskies:

  1. Rascally Liquor Malt Malt and New Make Spirit
  2. Annandale Man O' Words Lowland Single Malt
  3. Rascally Liquor Peated Malt Malt and New Make Spirit
  4. Annandale Man O' Sword Lowland Peated Single Malt

I've been to Annandale before, back in April 2016 and there have been some changes at the distillery since then. There is a much larger car park nearer to the main road; this does mean a short walk to the distillery, but there is a disaboled car park much closer for those who need it. There is also a new shop to the right of the court yard; last time I was here that was part of the cafe which is where I went when I arrived.

The distillery also now has the brown signposts on the nearby roads making the distillery much more discoverable to people passing by; being very near Annandakle town, the cafe seems to be quite busy which provides this new distillery another income stream.

History

Annandale Distillery is a whisky distillery producing single malt Scotch whisky produced in Annandale, Scotland.

Annandale Distillery was opened in 1830 by George Donald and was later bought by Johnnie Walker in 1893 and was closed down in 1924.

In 2007 the distillery was reopened by the Annandale Distillery Company. In 2008, the company received a grant of £150,000 from the Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) support as part of a £4m investment which will employ up to 19 people

In November 2014, the Annandale Visitor Centre opened and the first casks were distilled, with the first Annandale single malt whiskies being bottled three years later in 2018 under the brands Man O'Sword inspired by the warrior king Robert the Bruce, the 7th Lord of Annandale and King of Scots, and Man O'Words in tribute to Robbie Burns, Scotland's National Bard, who lived in nearby Dumfries.

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This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Annandale Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.Information correct as of 04/01/2020

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