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Scottish Organic Whisky Distillery Nc’nean Has A Winner In Its New Flagship Expression

Nc’nean is one of a younger wave of distilleries making itself known as it strives to stand out amongst the giants of Scotland, heralding from the west coast of this whisky making region. An operation focused upon making organic whisky, the team there began distilling in March, 2017. They recently launched their first single malt whisky, which was said to sell out in 24 hours, and are now working on getting new batches ready.

Nc’nean Organic Single Malt Whisky, according to those behind it, is made from organic Scottish barley. It goes through what’s described as “slow and gentle fermentation and distillation processes, and maturation in carefully selected high quality casks” to reach its final bottling proof of 46% ABV. The cask management in particular, with aging occurring for a minimum of three years, is of note, as the spirit sits in “carefully selected ex-Bourbon and specially treated STR ex-red wine barrels.”

Nc’nean Organic Single Malt Whisky

Nc’nean Organic Single Malt Whisky (image via Nc’nean)

“When I left my London job to found Nc’nean in 2013,” said Nc’nean founder Annabel Thomas in a prepared statement, “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.”

Some things that are of particular note with this new brand include (1) this being the first UK spirit bottled in a 100% recycled clear glass bottle, (2) the fact their whisky is certified organic and (3) the distillery itself is powered by 100% renewable energy.

Nc’nean Organic Single Malt Whisky is pricing around £48, or about $63 USD. As previously mentioned the first batch sold out incredibly quickly, and plans call for the next batches to be available starting in November. You’ll find some official tasting notes below.

  • Nose: Bright, with lemon oil, nectarine and fudge. A little grassy at first, then with a bit more time in the glass, buttery toast, wine gums and candied pineapple.
  • Palate: Creamy and fresh with a rich spice. Lemon posset, peach juice, fresh ginger, a little coconut and caraway rye bread.
  • Finish: Medium length with a lightly resinous texture. Spice carries well, leaving an almost menthol tingle.


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