Unmissable Scotch distilleries to visit

24th August, 2020 by Lauren Eads

Nc’nean Distillery, Morvern

Website: ncnean.com

The remote distillery of Nc’nean is located on the Morvern peninsula, some 12 miles down a single track road on Scotland’s western coast. Annabel Thomas founded Nc’Nean after leaving her job in London in 2013. She then spent four years raising funds to build the distillery with production starting in 2017 and its first whisky launched this year.

This month, the fledgling distillery broke a world record after bottle number one of its inaugural single malt whisky sold for £41,004 (US$54,183) during an online auction. The distillery is known for its dedication to sustainability, as well as its experimentation with different strains of yeast. The team uses organic Scottish barley in a distillery powered by renewable energy and recycles 99.97% of its waste. 

As for visitors, Nc’Nean has been taking bookings for distillery visits since 3 August. This was initially restricted to those staying on the Morvern peninsula, but from 17 August the distillery has been open to all, reservations mandatory. Tours themselves have been free throughout August (with a £5/US6.50 charge for tasting) but the distillery itself remains off limits.

Nevertheless, visitors are still able to hear from the team about its process, its sustainability initiatives, browse the shop and taste its whisky while taking in its wild surrounding, home to sea eagles, otters and pine martens.

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