Annandale Distillery was established in 1836 and reborn in 2014 following an extensive £10.5million restoration project. Once again single malt Scotch whisky is being produced in the region after almost a 100 year sleep.
ESTABLISHED 1836 REBORN 2014
A SPIRIT REBORN
Discover… Dumfries and Galloway’s historic distillery
Relax… in The Maltings Coffee Shop
Taste… Rascally Liquor, New Make Malt Spirit
Shop… Browse our exclusive gift range
The rebirth of Annandale Distillery and its transformation into a 21st century whisky making centre and visitor attraction is Dumfries and Galloway’s most ambitious tourism story.
The historic distillery has been through 3 whisky making eras and a period when it was used in farming. It was formerly a Johnnie Walker distillery which closed in 1918. Following an extensive £10.5 million restoration project, Annandale Distillery was reborn in 2014, with production starting on 3rd November.
Annandale Distillery and Visitor Centre was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 10th September 2015.
Once again Single Malt Scotch Whisky is being produced in Dumfries-shire after almost a 100 year absence. The distillery is producing 2 styles of whisky - smooth, fruity, unpeated ‘Man o’Words’ and smoky, peaty ‘Man o’Sword’, honouring 2 of Scotland’s most iconic figures: Robert Burns and Robert the Bruce, both with strong ties to the Annandale area. Visitors to the distillery can gain a deeper insight into its fascinating past and the whisky making process by taking a guided tour. Taste Annandale Distillery’s New Make Malt Spirit, Rascally Liquor, available to buy in striking black, Tam o’Shanter-inspired bottles - the perfect souvenir for whisky enthusiasts
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
We’re often asked why we took on the Annandale Distillery project. Most people seem to expect a rational and well-considered answer from two (hopefully) sane scientists-cum-business people, possibly alluding to return on investment, diversification of business interests and the like. Others expect to hear something about a lifelong dream or a passion for whisky, or something of the sort. Although both of these may have been contributing influences, the truth of the matter is rather different. Although he didn’t necessarily realise it at the time, David Thomson, being an ex-patriot Scot, was looking to do something that would anchor his life back to his native Scotland. Teresa Church, the other member of the founding duo, has an enduring passion for restoring old buildings. Through her visionary lens, the intrinsic beauty of Annandale’s historic buildings shone brightly through the dilapidation, the decay and the dereliction. For both of them, Annandale Distillery was a case of ‘love at first sight’…and every bit as irrational and unfathomable as that!