Nc’nean do The World’s Smallest Brand Takeover at Cask 88’s Tiny Bar

Sustainability leader in the Scotch whisky industry Nc’nean joins forces with Cask 88 to take over their tiny pop-up bar in its last week at the Edinburgh Festivals.

August 24, 2022

At the start of the month, Cask 88 opened the World’s Smallest Whisky Bar in one of Edinburgh’s classical police boxes. This is Cask 88’s first pop up bar offering Edinburgh wanderers the chance to try a range of their whiskies, free of charge. Now, in its last week operating as a free sampling experience, Cask 88 have teamed up with Nc’nean distillery to have them takeover the bar for one day only –  Wednesday the 24th of August. 

Nc’nean distillery, located near Drimnin on the North West Coast of Scotland, is Scotland’s leading environmental distillery. Verified as the country’s first  first net zero whisky distillery for scopes one and two, it uses 100% organic Scottish barley and the distillery is powered by 100% renewable energy. With sustainability at the core of its foundation, B Corp certified Nc’Nean began distilling in 2017 and launched their first organic single malt scotch whisky in 2020. 

Founder and CEO of Nc’nean, Annabel Thomas, said:  “We are really excited to be taking over Cask 88’s World’s Smallest Whisky Bar this Wednesday. As a small, independent brand ourselves, it feels like it’s just meant to be. We will be serving up tasters of our Organic Single Malt Scotch for those on the lookout for something light, easy-going and, most of all, better for the planet.” 

Head of Sales at Cask 88, Carl Johnstone, said: “As real innovators in the whisky industry, Nc’nean are the ideal candidates to take over our tiny whisky bar in its final week of operation. Throughout all the fun of our whisky bar we’ve had sustainability at the forefront of our minds, from being fully paperless to our zero waste edible cups. We’re so excited to introduce visitors to their pioneering sustainable approach and of course, their delicious single malt.”

Nc’nean will operate the World’s Smallest Whisky Bar between 12 noon- 7pm on Wednesday. No booking is required. The bar is located on Princes Street, sitting snugly on the corner of Hope Street and Shandwick Place. 

After the takeover, the bar will once again be run by Cask 88 and remain open between Thursday 25th- Sunday 28th (12pm-7pm). Visitors can book through Eventbrite for the remaining days of the pop up event to try Cask 88’s single malts.

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About Nc’nean:

Nc’nean is an award winning independent, organic whisky distillery on the west coast of Scotland. Nc’nean began distilling in March 2017 and from inception has strived to do things differently. In pursuit of new flavours in whisky, Nc’nean uses longer mashing times, slower fermentation and experiments with unusual yeasts not commonly used within whisky distilling. Nc’nean matures its whisky on site in ex-bourbon, sherry and STR ex-red wine casks, along with many other smaller and more unique cask experiments. The high, narrow cut on the still helps to produce a purer spirit; the unusual lamp-glass-shaped stills encourage a gentle distillation and significant amounts of reflux, creating a lighter spirit that retains its fruity notes.

The Nc’nean ethos of sustainable production is embedded in everything it does. In July 2021 Nc’nean achieved verified net zero status for carbon emissions from its own operations (scope 1 and 2). It is the UK’s first whisky distillery to be classified as net zero for scopes 1 & 2 and reached its goal 20 years ahead of the industry target. In addition, all Nc’nean’s products are certified organic, its bottle is 100% recycled glass and it recycles or reuses 99.9% of its waste.              Socials: @ncnean

About Cask 88

Whisky cask broker and independent bottler Cask 88 is on a mission to take discerning clients on a journey from cask to glass, by offering clients the opportunity to select, purchase, label and package their own exclusive whisky drawn from the finest Scottish whisky casks. The company founders have been trading collectible single malt since 1987 and opened the Asia office in 2013; now Cask 88 offers a wide selection of old and rare casks from world-renowned distilleries, and provides end-to-end care that includes cask procurement and storage, bespoke packaging design and bottling services. An extensive inventory and expansive global network provide an unparalleled selection of fine whiskies, which attracts a wide clientele from London, Hong Kong and Beijing to New York.                             Socials:  @88Cask


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