Nc’nean launches Quiet Rebels series

by Melita Kiely

Highland Scotch distillery Nc’nean has released a new whisky series, called Quiet Rebels.

The expressions that will feature in the range will be curated and chosen by individuals from the 14-strong Nc’nean team. The debut release is called Annabel, named after the distillery’s founder, Annabel Thomas. Only 4,504 bottles have been created. The whisky was aged in a mix of ex-Tokaji barrels, which are said to give a ‘wonderful sweetness and velvety texture’ to the whisky, and ex-Bourbon barrels, which imparted flavours of coconut, toasted vanilla and tropical fruits. Thomas said: “The Quiet Rebels series celebrates the team that makes Nc’nean what it is. A group of passionate, skilled and adventurous people who are the driving force behind our mission to pioneer sustainable production and do things differently. “The best part was obviously picking the casks for this release. I’ve had my eye on the Tokaji barrels for a while as their sweeter side appealed to me. But I also love our spirit in ex-Bourbon casks and I wanted to create something that let me shine through. "It’s my turn to go first with this release but I can’t wait to see what the rest of our amazing team come up with in years to come.” Bottled at 48.5% ABV, Quiet Rebels Annabel is available now via and through select retailers, priced at RRP £65.95 (US$90). It will be available from various dates via the distillery’s distributors in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium. In July this year, Nc’nean became the first whisky distillery in the UK to achieve net zero emissions. Furthermore, last year, Nc’nean broke a world record after bottle number one of its inaugural single malt whisky sold for £41,004 (US$54,183) during an online auction.