Nc'Nean  Organic Single Malt Whisky

Nc'Nean Organic Single Malt Whisky


Nc'nean is relatively new, being founded in March 2017 by Annabel Thomas. It was the first fully organic distillery in Scotland, powered by 100% renewable energy!

The name is pronounced 'nook- knee-anne', an abbreviation of Neachneohain, a witch-queen in Scots Gaelic folklore.

In keeping with its sustainable mission, the wood chips for the biomass boiler are sourced from a local forest, and all by-products are recycled as animal and plant feed on the distillery's estate.

This single malt is produced entirely from organic Scottish barley (sourced from Bairds Malt) and is matured in 65% STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) red wine casks and 35% ex-bourbon casks. Thanks to a long mash time, slow fermentation, and the use of unusual yeast strains, this whisky is an interesting one to explore!

The sample I tried was distilled in May, September & October 2017, producing a total of 5040 bottles. The yeast used in the fermentation was Anchor and Fermentis. The casks used were, as I said, 65% STR Red Wine and 35% Ex-Bourbon. The whisky was emptied from the barrel on 11/03/2021 and bottled between 23/03/2021 and 28/05/2021. It is 46%, non-chill filtered, and has a natural colour (nothing added).

How do I know all this? In a refreshing move, Nc'Nean publishes the details of each batch on the website as part of its transparency pledge. I love this and hope to see more whisky brands open about the liquid they provide. You can have a look at their batch info HERE.


On the Nose

A sharp-smelling whisky, full of warning spices, orange marmalade, candied ginger, maybe something akin to apple pie and cinnamon. A fascinating and vibrant nose for the relatively young age of the liquid.

On the palate

Initially quite sharp like the nose, but that's to be expected in a whisky just over three years old. The spice was more a dash of black pepper, but there is a natural sweetness to the dram, almost like an apricot jam on whole-wheat bread. There's also a slight fresh fruit vibe, specifically like under-ripe mango.
The finish is excellent. It reminds me of the slight spice you have left in your mouth after eating some real homemade ginger snap biscuits.


Overall, a lovely whisky and one that hints at the incredible potential of Nc'Nean in the years to come. An almost guilt-free dram with the eco-credentials to sustain the longevity of the liquid being provided, Nc'Nean is a whisky to watch but also one to enjoy!

Want to try it for yourself?

Why not try Nc'Nean Organic Single Malt Whisky for yourself? You can pick up a bottle online at any of the following retailers:
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