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Schoolpals team up for whisky project

By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Schoolpals team up for whisky project

A BOTTLING facility is to open at Annandale Distillery this summer.

And the first bottling in August will be the result of a new, limited edition collaboration between two old school friends.

Distillery co-founder Professor David Thomson is teaming up with award-winning automotive designer Ian Callum CBE for a unique bottling project named CALLUM 529 by Annandale.

It is a single cask, single malt, unpeated Scotch whisky, expertly distilled and bottled at cask strength and presented in a uniquely crafted ceramic bottle.

The pair, who attended Dumfries Academy together, selected Cask 529 for the project, along with master blender Keith Law.

Professor Thomson said: “It’s a unique taste, and for this we knew we would need an utterly unique bottle.

“Ian and the team at CALLUM really blew me away with their design ideas.

“I’m incredibly pleased to be able to work with my fellow Doonhamer to meld the long history and expertise of Annandale Distillery with CALLUM’s forward-thinking and disruptive design. Owning and sipping this single cask, single malt Scotch is a unique experience both whisky connoisseurs and aficionados of Ian’s designs will wish to savour.

“We’re extremely excited to be able to have CALLUM 529 by Annandale as our first bottling on site. Having our own bottling plant on site is the next step in the growth and evolution of Annandale Distillery.”

By the very nature of a single cask whisky, only a limited number of the new range will be available for sale. However, that exact number will not be known until the whisky barrel is broached and its entire contents are bottled at cask strength in August. The whisky will go straight from barrel to bottle – never blended – to produce a truly authentic whisky at its purest and most natural. It’s anticipated yield is around 220-230 bottles at 57-59%ABV, to be confirmed at the point of bottling. Each bottle will be hand numbered and signed by Ian Callum.

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