Nc’nean whisky: Sustainably produced organic whisky launched

The "zero waste distillery" relies on renewable energy and a 100% recycled clear glass bottle


We have been following Annabel Thomas and her Nc’nean distillery in the news for a while. The committed founder produces her whisky from organic barley on the Morvern peninsula since 2017. Environmental protection and sustainability are important to her and she is proud to have recycled 99.97 percent of the waste generated last year as a “zero waste distillery”, as we learn from a press release.

“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. 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. I’m incredibly proud of the whisky we are releasing and can’t wait to see the response to our “Whisky Six”, Annabel Thomas said.

After the first 10 bottles of the first batch were auctioned for charity (we reported), the Nc’nean single malt whisky is now available on the regular market. The non-peated whisky was matured for three years in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-STR red wine casks (casks that were shaved, re-toasted and re-charred before being filled with the new make). It was bottled at cask strength of 60.3% ABV, uncoloured and unchill filtered. The bottles are made of 100% recycled clear glass.

In addition to enjoy the whisky neat, Nc’nean recommends a "Whisky Six" as their signature drink: 2 parts of Nc’nean whisky (50ml), 4 parts of soda water (100ml), cubed ice and a sprig of mint make a refreshing whisky cocktail.

Images: Nc’nean Distillery