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Nc’nean marks first whisky release with cask sale

Highland distillery Nc’nean is offering 60 casks of new make spirit for sale to the public in celebration of the upcoming release of its first Scotch whisky bottling.

Nc’nean will stencil the message ‘Hope lies in dreams’ onto each cask

Nc’nean, which is based on the west coast of Scotland and was founded by Annabel Thomas and Derek Lewis in 2013, plans to release its first bottles of Scotch whisky later this year.

To mark the occasion, the distillery, which runs entirely on renewable energy, will offer filled casks of new make spirit for sale. Whisky fans will be able to purchase Sherry-seasoned casks priced at £4,100 (US$5,100), ex-Bourbon barrels for £3,000 (US$3,700) or STR ex-wine casks priced at £3,900 (US$4,900).

Alternatively, consumers can also elect to purchase a second style of spirit featuring adjusted mashing, different yeast recipes and altered cut points to create a whisky that “will be perfect in 10 years, but will not be ready in five”.  This option features an additional £500 (US$600) cost.

Each limited edition cask sold will be stencilled with the message ‘Hope lies in dreams’.

Thomas said: “2020 has been the most anticipated year for us here at Nc’nean, our whisky release has been in planning and prep for seven years. Like the rest of the world we’ve had to adapt, rethink and do things differently, something we’re well versed in.

“A quote which has stuck with me throughout these challenging times is ‘Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality’ by influential physician and medical researcher Jonas Salk; so we will be stencilling ‘Hope lies in dreams’ onto the end of each 2020 cask.

“With our maiden whisky release just months away, we are releasing our next 60 casks as part of our private cask programme and wanted to make them even more special, acknowledging the global shift we’ve seen during 2020.”

Earlier this year, the Highland distillery announced it had raised more than £1.7 million (US$2.2m) in funding to help accelerate growth and support the launch of its inaugural Scotch whisky.

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