MMR Group Chairman launches Annandale Distillery


December 22, 2014

by Vicki Hamilton

Almost a century since it last produced whisky, Annandale Distillery has reopened its doors after a £10.5 million redevelopment project, including the use of MMR’s Brandphonics tool to develop completely new branding for Annandale’s whiskies and merchandise.

The distillery celebrated the start of production of their Single Malt Scotch whisky on 15th November, to the delight of more than 750 whisky enthusiasts and members of the public.

The Distillery, situated in Annan, near the Scotland – England border, will produce two types of whisky; the Man o’Sword and the Man o’Words, which honour two of Scotland’s most iconic figures: Robert Bruce, warrior king of Scotland and 7th Earl of Annandale and Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard.


The celebration began with a speech by the MMR Founder and Group Chairman, Professor David Thomson, followed by the filling of the first whisky cask with Man o’ Words spirit; the non-peated expression of Annandale’s spirit.

The event, which opened to the public in the afternoon, saw a performance by the Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band, children’s activities including face painting and cupcake decorating, followed by tours of the distillery later in the day.


Representatives from Visit Scotland attended and it featured in a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The Scotsman, The Scottish Daily Record, Scotland Food and Drink, The Sprits Business and Dumfries & Galloway Life. The opening also featured on local and national TV and radio.

The impressive listed building was rescued from dereliction by David and his wife Teresa in a project that started in 2007.

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