The first thing to note about Isle of Harris Gin is its beautiful, blue-hued glass bottle. A visually striking thing that is reminiscent of the sea in the rock pools next to the distillery where it’s made. But it’s not just the outside which is impressive; the liquid inside is noteworthy, too.
The development of Isle of Harris Gin took over two years, as the team worked with a botanist to assess the flora on the island and find suitable ingredients for the Gin.
Juniper, coriander, cassia bark, orris root, orange peel, cubeb and angelica root all add to the flavor, but it’s the local sugar kelp – a kind of seaweed – which sets Isle of Harris Gin apart.
The botanicals are macerated in a neutral grain spirit in a small copper pot still, but the sugar kelp is removed before distillation to avoid overpowering the delicate balance of the Gin’s flavor with its sugary but herbal taste.
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The only place to buy a bottle of Isle of Harris Gin is directly from the Distillery, a decision made to ensure that every bottle is personally presented, in the best possible light.
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The Isle of Harris Distillery opened its doors in September 2015, after a seven-year commercial drive to secure funding and the future of the distillery project. The Isle of Harris is located in the Hebrides; an island off the North West coast of Scotland.
Its industry relies on tourism, and the founders of the Distillery wanted to create something that would add to the island’s economy, boasting and celebrating its natural resources. Isle of Harris is described as a ‘social distillery’, which ties it back to the community which helped to build it.
Harris has a population of just over 1,900, and everyone who works with or on this brand feels very much a part of it. That’s why guests are invited to see the distillery at work six days a week, visit the shop (which sells local produce, not just the distillery’s wares) and have a drink around the fire afterward with the people who make it all happen.