Ncn’ean Distillery hat still und heimlich die Produktion begonnen

Bis vor Kurzem hatte ich die „Drimnin Distillery“ ohne weiteren Fortschritt unter den neuen Destillerien geführt. Bis ich neulich Kontakt mit Annabel Thomas aufnahm und ein wenig Einblick bekam.

Bereits im März hat die Ncn’ean Distillery ihren Betrieb aufgenommen. Gegenüber der Isle of Mull am schottischen Festland findet sich die neue Destillerie in Drimnin (hier auf Google Maps). Untergebracht in einem alten steinernen Farmhouse wurde noch ein neues Kesselhaus und zwei neue Lagerhäuser errichtet. Annabel Thomas ist Gründerin und CEO von Ncn’ean. Gordon Wood ist der Distillery Manager.

Produktionsdetails: 1t Mash Tun, zwei Potstills und soll 100.000 LPA produzieren. Das Malz wird schottisch, unpeated und organisch sein. Der erste Whisky wird 2020 erwartet.

UPDATE: Es gab einige Fragen, wie der Name der Destillerie richtig ausgesprochen wird und so habe ich Annabel um eine Aufnahme gebeten. Hier ist sie:

Annabel: „In written terms, it is just 3 syllables – Nc (like Mc but with an N), ne (like the English work knee) and an (like the English name Anne).Danke!

(Pressemitteilung, Ncn’ean / Annabel Thomas)

Ncn’ean distillery launch

27.06.2017 – A young, independent whisky distillery, Ncn’ean started distilling in March of this year.  Perched above the Sound of Mull in the remote community of Drimnin on the west coast of Scotland, Ncn’ean is aiming to getting people to think again about Scotch.

Annabel ThomasThe new distillery will produce an organic single malt whisky. Annabel, CEO and Founder said “We’re using some of the most imaginative distilling ideas from around the world and the best ingredients Scotland has to offer. We’re aiming to create a spirit that’s fruity, smooth and easy to drink and mix. We’re trying longer mashing times and slower fermentation, and experimenting with yeasts not commonly used in distilling.

The distillery is also committed to a sustainable approach. Believed to be the first organic whisky distillery in Scotland, its stills are powered with woodchip from a local forest and all by-products are used on the farm as feed or fertiliser. Five new jobs have been created in the community with more to come.

The name Ncn’ean (pronounced Nc-ne-an, which sounds like Nc-knee-anne) comes from Neachneohain, the Queen of Spirits in Gaelic legend. Neachneohain was a huntress: strong, independent and never afraid to walk her own path. A quiet rebel. She was also a fierce protector of nature.

Ncnean distillery Pot Stills

The distillery has been in the planning for five years; with the main construction work starting just over a year ago. Annabel commented, “After so many years of planning and preparation we’re delighted to have reached this milestone. It has been wonderful to see our vision start to come to life and we are looking forward to the next stage of this exciting journey”.

The distillery expects to release the first whisky in 2020. Until then, the distillery will welcome visitors (pre-booking required), is releasing a limited number of early casks for sale in bond and has plans to explore some more experimental early spirits next year.

HMRC figures showed that Scotch single malt whisky exports grew by 12% between 2015 and 2016 to exceed £1bn for the first time. Sales of Scotch in the UK also grew in 2016 with volume up nearly 6% in the first three quarters of the year.