12th August, 2019 by Edith Hancock
Lowland distillery Annadale has created a blended Scotch whisky in partnership with a Netflix-original film based on the life of Robert the Bruce.
Outlaw King, which was first released in November 2018, follows the life of the 14th century monarch and seventh lord of Annadale who, who became one of Scotland’s most famous historical figures when rebelled against the English monarchy after the execution of William Wallace.
David Thomson, co-owner of Annandale Distillery, said Annandale Distillery’s location meant that it was “fitting that our Man O’Sword peated Single Malt should be at the very heart of Outlaw King Blended Scotch Whisky, giving it an edge that’s as keen as the blade of Bruce’s great sword.”
The new blend was unveiled at a screening of the film at Annandale Distillery on Saturday 10 August, attended by Outlaw King stars James Cosmo and Tony Curran, director David Mackenzie and producer Gillian Berrie, and co-producers Danny McGrath and Brian Coffey.
Annadale’s distillery reopened in 2014 following an extensive restoration project.
The blended whisky features premium single malt and grain Scotch whiskies from the distillery, including Annandale’s peaty, smoky Single Malt, Man O’Sword. When it comes to the dram itself, it is “fresh on the nose” with notes of green apple, toffee and vanilla, while its smokiness comes out on the palate, alongside tropical notes of pineapple, nectarine and mango. It has a long finish with hints of orange peel and pine resin, according to the distillery.
Paula Ward, regional leadership director of Visit Scotlamd, said the collaboration unites “two of Scotland’s biggest industries.”
“Film tourism is booming in Scotland, with Netflix’s Outlaw King one of the most recent films to feature the country on-screen.
“Whisky tourism also plays an important role in the visitor experience, particularly for our international visitors, with one in five visiting a distillery as part of their trip and many more sampling it in our bars and restaurants.
“We’re delighted to support this event in Dumfries & Galloway which brings the region’s connections to Robert the Bruce and our national drink to the fore.”
Outlaw King Blended Scotch is available to purchase from Annandale Distillery’s website and onsite shop.