Nc’nean distillery to auction first ten bottles of its Ainnir whisky for charity

Proceeds from the auction will help charities that support sustainability, the Morvern community and UK hospitality industry.

Published 12th Aug 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Launched in 2013 to change the way the world thinks about Scottish whisky, Nc’nean is an independent and organic whisky distillery located in the remote Morvern peninsula on the west coast of Scotland.

The team are set to auction the first ten bottles of their anticipated inaugural Single Malt Whisky for charity. Bottles 1-10 will be auctioned on Whisky Auctioneer, from 14th-17th August.

The Highland distillery, which started distilling in 2017, derives its name from Neachneohain, the Queen of the Spirits in Gaelic legend, a huntress, and fierce protector of nature who was never afraid to walk her own path.

Annabel Thomas who founded the distillery has made a big impression with a small footprint. Ainnir, its first ever Single Malt Whisky release which is a non-age statement, is made in a distillery powered by 100 per cent renewable energy and is bottled in a 100 per cent recycled glass bottle.

It is an unpeated, smooth and elegant whisky made with organic Scottish barley in five casks. It is bottled at a cask-strength of 60.3%.

The full release consisted of 1,320 bottles, which sold out online within 36 hours. The charitable auction of bottles 1-10 will be the only way to now secure Nc’nean’s maiden bottling.

All proceeds from the auction will be split between charities that support sustainability, the local Morvern community and the UK hospitality industry; Trees for Life, The Drinks Trust, The Ben, The Scottish Farm Land Trust and Morvern Community Trust.

Annabel said: “Our first ever whisky has been a long time coming. I think it’s really important to give back to the community that has supported us along our spirits journey, so this charity auction is a fitting tribute to both local, sustainability and industry organisations.”

Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “It’s a privilege to bring Nc’nean’s maiden bottling to auction and we are proud to help support organisations which are close to this innovative distillery’s heart.

"Our audience of whisky collectors and enthusiasts have always shown a fantastic response to inaugural releases in the past and I have no doubt that Ainnir, with its organic and sustainable credentials, will inspire a huge amount of interest.”

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To find out more and to register to take part in upcoming auctions please visit the Whisky Auctioneer website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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