In its first release to the public, named the Organic Single Malt, Nc’nean has produced the first UK spirit to be bottled in 100 per cent recycled clear glass. The whisky itself is certified organic, while also being created in a distillery that is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.
Only one week after the distillery’s private maiden release sold out within 36 hours, Nc’nean also broke records in August with the first bottle from a new distillery to be sold at auction for a casual £41,004.
The expression carefully balances sweetness and spice, made from organic Scottish barley and matured for three years in ex-Bourbon and STR (shaved, toasted and recharred) ex-red wine barrels.
Nc’nean is making a statement with its whisky ‘made for a new generation’, creating a signature serve of whisky and soda, named the Whisky Six, and breaking the stereotype that whisky from Scotland must be drunk neat.
Thomas commented on this first release: “When I left my London job to found Nc’nean in 2013, I wanted to create a distillery that would be known for creativity and would lead the way in sustainability. At the time, 2020 seemed impossibly far away, and we’ve overcome so many hurdles on the journey so far, but I am incredibly excited to have reached this point. But more than that, I feel the quality and taste of our first whisky proves that a focus on the excellence of the spirit with careful sourcing of barley and yeast, and a slow and gentle fermentation and distillation, creates a whisky that is both delicious and sustainable. I’m incredibly proud of the whisky we are releasing and can’t wait to see the response to our “Whisky Six”.
Uninhibited by tradition, Thomas leads the charge in promoting environmental change in the spirits industry, while also challenging ingrained stereotypes. The Nc’nean Organic Single Malt is available on the brands’ website, and in store at Selfridges, Berry Brothers, Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, and local retailers for RRP £47.95 at 46% ABV.