Ad Gefrin (The Museum/Distillery) Launches Its Whisky Blend.

Ad Gefrin (the Anglo-Saxon museum + distillery – located in Northumberland) is launching its Whisky Blend, Tácnbora, which encapsulates the Spirit of Belonging.

The release of Tácnbora aptly reflects a brand built on ancient hospitality and bringing everyone together, – combining Scottish and Irish whiskies that are made for enjoying with others.

Tácnbora – meaning ‘Standard Bearer’ in Old English – is a fitting name for the spirit that comes before all others. King Edwin was always preceded by a standard bearer carrying a standard with a goat’s head effigy – the same goat symbol that is now central to Ad Gefrin’s brand marque.

The whisky features Scottish and Irish whiskies; reflecting two of the people that would have made up the Anglo-Saxons of Northumbria (Scottish, Irish, English, and Scandinavian). Tácnbora is made with a mix of malt and grain whiskies, and its aged in virgin American oak, and Oloroso sherry casks – creating a distinctive and palatable spirit.

On the nose, it has notes of honey, vanilla, a citrus peel and spices; backed up on the palate with flavours of sultanas, cream soda and nutmeg. The finish lingers and coats the mouth with honey, vanilla, and sweet citrus.

Ad Gefrin is the brainchild of the local Ferguson family who have been living and working in Northumberland for four generations, and its born out of a desire to create a visitor destination that is meaningful and enduring – whilst bringing people together, and creating jobs.

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Co-founders Alan and Eileen Ferguson announced their intention to build a state-of-the-art Anglo-Saxon Museum and Whisky Distillery to the local community in 2018.

“Everything we do and everything we create is born to bring people together. Tácnbora is a subtle yet complex whisky that brings together a blend of Irish and Scottish whiskies. It’s our first spirit, and it’s truly mastered for sharing,” said Alan and Eileen Ferguson.

Launching in February 2023, Ad Gefrin will open a £14m world-class visitor experience that will reveal the fascinating history of Northumberland’s Anglo-Saxon ‘Golden Age.’

The immersive museum will showcase the court of the 7th Century Northumbrian kings and queens that drew people from all over the world to visit their summer palace nearby. One of the most exciting facets of Ad Gefrin is the complete integration of museum experience and whisky distillery – the county’s first (legal) distillery in 200 years.

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