Isle of Harris
The Isle of Harris distillery' and was founded to strengthen the local economy. It is the first (legal) distillery on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.in the small village of Tarbert describes itself as a 'social
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The Isle of Harris distillery uses comes from the stream Abhainn Cnoc a 'Charrain, which runs over the oldest rock on earth. With the Highlands bordering to the east and the wild, open Atlantic to the west, the Isle of Harris distillery is one of the most remote in Scotland.'The Hearach' (Gaelic for a resident of Harris) is distilled, matured and entirely on the island. The the
While waiting for the first bottling of Hearach, the distillery produces and sells its Isle of Harris Gin. The expected Whisky will not be or coloured and will embody the character, soul and nature of the Isle of Harris. The first bottling of Hearach will be limited to 1,916 bottles - equal to the population of the Isle of Harris - and will have no less than 46%.
The core ingredient of Isle of Harris Gin is sugar kelp is allowed to grow back during the cooler months. The seaweed gives the Isle of Harris Gin its distinctive maritime character, while classic Gin botanicals such as juniper berries, coriander seeds, cassia bark and angelica root provide the typical spicy-sweet Gin . Orange peel, cubeb pepper, liquorice and orris root accentuate the Gin's maritime aroma in small quantities.kelp, a type of brown alga that tastes slightly sweet. The seaweed is harvested in the spring from the island's local lakes and then dried. Sustainable harvesting means that the
takes place in a small copper still. This was named 'The Dotach' in memory of a similarly small and hot-tempered local woman.
For maceration, the sugar kelp and separately the remaining botanicals are each filled into a bag and in alcohol for 24 hours. Then the flavoured spirit is filled into the Gin still for distillation together with the bag of botanicals, but without the sugar kelp.
Rather uncommon for Gin, heads and tails are cut off during distillation and only the heart piece of the spirit ends up in the bottle. The have a very high , but little flavour. There is also little flavour left in the and the alcohol content is lower than desired. In the , the flavour and alcohol strength are exactly what the distillers aim at. Unconventionally, they do not reuse the heads and tails in the next batches, but remove them completely. Although this is an expensive decision, they only want to capture the pure flavour of the heart in the Isle of Harris Gin.
After distillation, each bottle is hand-filled and labelled directly at the distillery.
The soft water used by the distillery comes from the rainwater stream Abhainn Cnoc a 'Charrain and has a low mineral content.
To distil the Whisky, Harris has a , which is filled with 6,000 litres, and a , which is filled with 3,500 litres.
The Isle of Harris distillery uses medium smoked with a phenolic content of 13-15ppm for its Whisky. The is filled with 1.5 tonnes of , which passes through three lautering processes. The result is about 6,000 litres of , each of which is poured into the 's eight , made of common Douglas fir. After a period of three to five days, Harris gets a fruity that has aromas of apple, pear and tropical fruit.
The Whisky is matured in ex-Kentucky as well as from Huelva in Spain and is stored in the distillery's three on the banks of the Loch an Siar near Ardhasaig.
The small differences in temperature on the island between summer and winter are very suitable for reductiveof the Scottish Island from Harris.
Opened in 2015, the Isle of Harris Distillery was the brainchild of Anderson 'Burr' Bakewell, who has been associated with the island for over 50 years and was keen to do something about the weak local economy and the associated population decline. In the spirit of the 'Social Distillery', the team is made up of only locals, each of the five distillers hired are completely new to the Whisky industry and specially trained to make the Harris Whisky. The leftover barley is given to small-scale farmers on the island for their livestock. And the community 'Nosing Panel' meets regularly to check the quality of the spirits.
The Visitor Centre
The distillery, with its welcoming fire always burning in the fireplace of the visitor centre, attracts local residents and visitors alike and is open to guests Monday to Saturday. There is a shop with regional products and a canteen where both staff and visitors can get simple meals made from fresh and regional ingredients. Guided tours of the are also available, lasting about an hour and including Whisky and Gin samples.
Isle of Harris Distillery
Isle of Harris
Tel: +44 (0)1859-502212