Annandale Distillery has been keeping in touch with whisky aficionados during the lockdown months with its popular Zoom Dram-along.

Their cask and whisky specialist, James Rogerson, has been giving a minimum of 10 people at a time the chance to link into a live Annandale Zoom meeting room for a private Dram-A-Long from the comfort of their armchairs.

James said it has given people the chance to learn about “one of Scotland’s most adventurous and historic distillery rebirths and its rise to world acclaim,” whilst enjoying a selection from their portfolio of whisky.

He said that once people contact him at [email protected] with a chosen date and time, he sets it up so that a minimum of 10 friends (no maximum) can join him in the virtual tour and real taste experience.

They purchase a virtual dram pack from the distillery’s website at www.annandaledistillery.com/collections/rascally-liquor/products/virtual-tour-samples which are posted out in time for the Zoom Dram-A-Long.

The dram packs include five, 50ml miniature bottles – two of the distillery’s 2015 award winning cask strength single cask-single malts, both medal winning New Make Spirits and the Netflix licenced Outlaw King blend, all for £25.

The distillery in Annan, founded by Dumfries-born Professor David Thomson and his wife, Teresa Church, has also enjoyed some honours during lockdown.

Professor David Thomson and Teresa Church with their single malts at Annandale Distillery.
Professor David Thomson and Teresa Church with their single malts at Annandale Distillery.

Annandale Distillery’s 2015 Man O’ Sword peated single cask, single malt has won a major international accolade in the recently published 2020 Whisky Bible, by author and whisky aficionado Jim Murray.

He assigned Man O’ Sword a score of 96.5/100, along with the accolade of Best Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky (10 years and under).

Mr Murray described it as a “fabulously and truly faultlessly made and brilliantly matured whisky which allows every last element of the distillery’s personality to be seen. What a genuine treat”.

Professor Thomson said: “Our ambition has always been to produce first class single malts, without compromise, here in the south of Scotland.

“We’ve just past our fifth anniversary. Achieving this accolade from Jim Murray, at such an early stage in our journey, is beyond our wildest expectations, and a fantastic testimony to our production team’s unrelenting pursuit of perfection.”

It come after they were awarded Best Distillery in Dumfries and Galloway at the Scottish Business Awards for which they are in the national final with the chance of winning Best Distillery in Scotland.

Anyone who wants to vote for then in the finals can via the website:

www.scotlandsbusinessawards.co.uk/final-2020/