Abhainn Dearg DistilleryAbhainn Dearg Distillery

Founded in 2008
Abhainn Dearg means "Red River" in Gaelic. They are a proud new distillery located on Lewis Island, in the Outer Hebrides. In fact, they are the first production distillery in the Outer Hebrides Islands since 1829, when local Morays banished the practice from the island.

Though founded as a legal entity in 2008, the first spirits were not sold and exported until 2010. As you might imagine, a distillery founded so recently does not have 30 YO bottles for sale. But they are working on it.

All of their current releases are "new spirit" by Scotch standards, being aged three years or younger. But they are now stocking away some casks for the future.

Production is still very limited -- they only have one wash and one spirit still -- and the quality is good, so they tend to sell out each production release fairly quickly. They are holding back now. There will be no more bottling until 2018, when they release a fully mature 10YO single malt, for the very first time.

Mark Tayburn is the happy proprietor (he goes by "Marko") and he will be glad to show you around, if you can make your way out to his island's windswept shores.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    1 wash, 1 spirit
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Abhainn Dearg Distillery, Carnish Isle of Lewis, HS2 9EX United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1851 672429
  • Website
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When they opened their doors in 2008, they had the distinction of becoming the westernmost distillery in Scotland.
There are hundreds of islands scatered arond the perimeter of the Scottish mainland, but only a handful of them - ArranMullJuraSkye and Orkney - are home to a distillery. 

Island Whiskies are tempered by saline shores, brewing storms and the purply peated moors. But when it comes to flavours, shapeshifting is an island game. Though most Island Whiskies are salted by the sea and you can find plenty of challenging drams full of maritime notes here, some are sweet and herbal.

Thirsty for more? Explore distilleries from the Islands.
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