Springetts designs Man O’ Words and Man O’ Swords for Annandale Distillery

Springetts was asked to create the branding for the two expressions of Single Malt Scotch Whisky – both from Annandale Distillery (a peated and a non-peated version).

The two single malt Scotch whiskies has two complex and contrasting characters – two Scottish heroes, two sons of Scotland. Thus, the peated (smoky) expression of the whisky is inspired by the character of Robert the Bruce King of Scotland and the Seventh Earl of Annandale. The non-peated (fruity) expression is based on the character of renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, who was an excise man at Annan.

“We had already developed the distillery identity, but now our task was to create whisky brands on the basis of flavour character, rather than just provenance, whilst still appearing credible as a Single Malt Scotch Whisky,” said a Springetts spokesperson.


Using the Annandale logo as an endorsement allowed Springetts to more easily create unique brands based on flavour. “We also decided that the two expressions of whisky should have a similar look and feel to link them.

“We developed the names: Man O’ Sword – for the Smoky Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Man O’ Words – for the Mellow Single Malt Scotch Whisky  The names link the two whiskies and the iconography clearly represents the two archetypical characters, which are universally recognisable.


A contemporary, broad shouldered bottle was chosen to emphasise the masculine aspects of the products. The graphics are screened directly onto the bottles.  The silver sword and the dark smoke convey the bold, smoulderingly smoky aspect of MOS and the gold quill and flowing words help communicate the lyrical, smooth and mellow nature of MOW.