Amongst the historic buildings of Eilean Iarmain on the Isle of Skye, you’ll find The Gaelic Gin Still House, home to the makers of Uisge Lusach – The Gaelic Gins. Based in the old cooperage yard, which once supplied small wooden barrels to the local fishermen for transporting their catch, the still house features a traditional style smugglers’ still. The still is unique in that the cooling worm is housed in an old whisky cask with the addition of a botanical basket halfway along the lyne arm. The still is small enough to be transported on the back of a horse, which in the 18th century when evading the authorities would have been a must!
The team at the distillery are very proud of their Gaelic roots. Scottish Gaelic or Scots Gaelic or most commonly known as Gaelic, was once spoken across many parts of Scotland but over the centuries its use has slowly declined. Determined to keep this ancient, indigenous language alive the use of Gaelic has been carefully and sympathetically included in the Uisge Lusach brand. The name Uisge Lusach in Gaelic means herbaceous water or spirit. All of the spirits produced, including their Gaelic Whiskies, reflect the rich and proud Gaelic heritage of the area.
Distilled using a smugglers’ still and vapour infused using a botanical basket on the lyne arm to create a refined flavour profile. Juniper is banked with lemon citrus and delicate, warming spice. Thanks to the soft Skye water used in the distillation, the gin has a rich and textured mouthfeel resulting in a well rounded, richly aromatic and beautifully balanced gin.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Citrus, Cardamom
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange, tonic and ice.