Whisky and water

Two of 52: Whisky and Water

The Glencadam Distillery and Strathmore Water draw deep from Angus' natural resources

Angus's sole distillery, Glencadam in Brechin, was rescued from its mothballed state by Angus Dundee Distillers Ltd in 2003, who soon began production of their well-regarded single malt.

Originating in 1875, closed by Allied Domeq in 2000, the distillery is one of the oldest in the country that still uses the original building to produce a range of expressions of their single malt. Versions include 10, 15 and 21 years, plus editions finished in sherry and bourbon casks, as well as rare single cask editions between 25 and 35 years old. All Glencadam whiskies are bottled at 46%, unchill-filtered and have no added colourings.

The distillery holds rights to the Mooran springs, 8.7 miles away, one of the longest water supplies for distilling purposes in Scotland.

Strathmore Water also takes a long journey, as it proceeds through natural sandstone in a purifying process lasting 50 years. Bottled at its source at the Vale of Strathmore, less than ten miles from Forfar, Strathmore Water is drawn from an aquifer deep underground, which enriches its mineral content.

It is sold still or sparkling, as well as in various versions flavoured with fruit combinations such as apple and raspberry. Acquired in 2006 for £15.5 million by Irn Bru makers, Cumbernauld-based AG Barr, the Strathmore brand is widely marketed at sports events and as part of a partnership with the youth charity Princes Trust.

Glencadam Distillery

Angus Dundee Distillers PLC, Brechin, Angus, DD9 7PA

It’s the only distillery in Angus, but Glencadam in Brechin has history. Whisky has been produced in the same building since 1825, although the premises were significantly expanded in the 1950s. Continuous production under various owners halted only…