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Isle of Harris Gin features a range of botanicals that have been carefully selected to create and capture the spirit of the landscape, the people and the island. Hand dived sugar kelp is used to balance a total of eight other botanicals including juniper, cassia bark, coriander seed, angelica root, bitter orange peel, cubebs, liquorice root and orris root. The result is a balanced flavour profile that delivers notes of juniper and pine with sweet fruits of mango, grapefruit and orange. Green herbaceous notes are also found, which transitions through to vanilla and a warming black pepper spice on the finish with subtle saline notes carried throughout the gin.
Established in 2015, The Isle of Harris Distillery is known by many as ‘The Social Distillery’, an ethos which embraces the generous character of the island and the people who live there. Although very much a working distillery, the doors are open six days a week, to connect with all those who want to learn more about the distillery’s story. A peat fire burns at the heart of the building providing a warm Outer Hebridean welcome to all who visit. There is a deep belief that the island’s natural assets can be harnessed to address the acute economic problems through ambitious projects like the distillery, helping highlight the special place that is the Isle of Harris and its qualities to the attention of a wider audience.
London Dry Gin
London Dry Gin is both a flavour profile and a production method. London Dry Gins tend to follow the traditional, classic flavour of piney juniper, citrus and spice. Alongside juniper, botanicals in London Dry Gin often include orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, citrus peel and coriander, among the core botanicals. The result is a dry gin that features piney juniper along with bursts of citrus and warming spice and earthy, dry notes from use of botanicals such as cassia bark and coriander. Nothing synthetic can be added like flavourings or colours and nothing can be added post distillation apart from water and a tiny amount of sugar meaning all flavours come from distillation.
Located on the harbour front of Tarbert, a few hundred yards from where the ferry docks, means you can’t miss the opportunity to spot and visit the Isle of Harris Distillery. The Distillery itself is quite modest in size but full of character and people! For a small, relatively remote island off Scotland’s west coast, the Distillery team have done an amazing job of creating a visitor experience that is honest, insightful and true to the island’s people and traditions. Tours take place daily, with exception of Sundays when the Distillery is closed. The Distillery also houses a Distillery shop and canteen, where you can experience fresh local food and drink, and even sample craft beers, Isle of Harris G&Ts and Martinis.