November 2015 marks a year since our first bottling of Angels’ Nectar, so naturally it’s a time of reflection on our journey so far. Setting up a new business and launching Angels’ Nectar has been an exciting and rewarding roller coaster. Yes, not everything has gone according to the business plan written in the long dark winter evenings of 2014, but there have been plenty of highs, some quite unexpected.
Where are we now? Angels’ Nectar is now available from more than thirty stores across the UK and in five European markets. Our label won the Scottish Creative Award for Illustration, and Angels’ Nectar was a finalist in two categories in the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards, and a finalist in the Scottish Field Whisky Merchants Challenge. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help, support and advice of many people, our very own ‘Angels’. You know who you are, crunching spreadsheets, helping with cask samples, working magic with EMCS, reacting positively to more crazy ideas, and generally getting behind our fledgling whisky brand.
The list of people to thank is a long one, but amongst others our Angels include our illustrator Brett (check out his reflections on the project here), Craig at The Green Welly Stop, our first ever stockist, Paul and Edgar, who took Angels’ Nectar to the Netherlands (how many other Scotch Whiskies have their own Dutch website?). Nadine, Jean-Marc and Olivier, our new Belgian friends and of course the guys at Old Worthy Brewing Co. for the genius that is The De’ils Awa’. Last but not least are all those who have indulged in a dram of Angels’ Nectar, without whom this would have all been in vane. We raise our glass to you.