Annandale Distillery is producing single malt Scotch whisky in Annan in Southern Scotland. The original Distillery was opened in 1830 by George Donald and was later bought by Johnnie Walker in 1893 but was closed down in 1924.
In 2007 the distillery was reopened by the Annandale Distillery Company and in 2014 the Annandale Visitor Centre opened and the first casks were distilled. The first Annandale single malt whiskies will be ready in 2018 under the brands Man O’Sword inspired by the warrior king Robert the Bruce, the 7th Lord of Annandale and King of Scots, and Man O’Words in tribute to Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, who lived in nearby Dumfries.
It’s been a while (90 years in fact) but the re-awakening of Annandale Distillery means that fine Single Malt Scotch whisky now flows again from Dumfries and Galloway. The Distillery has preserved many of its original features and the history of the fantastic site is part of every tour.
When Annandale Distillery opened in 1830, Annan was an established embarkation port for emigrant Scots. As a tribute to these intrepid souls, the ‘A’ of Annandale in the logo is in the image of a billowing sail to highlight the pivotal role the local port played in migration. The ethos of this lowland distillery is quite moving with a clear nod to its fantastic history as well as a focus on producing a high quality brand.