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Misty Isle Cill Targhlain Gin takes its name and inspiration from the Isle of Skye capital Portree. The village was originally known as Kiltaraglen or Cill Targhlain in Gaelic before it evolved into Portree, which translates to King’s Port after James V, King of Scotland visited in 1540. The gin uses a number of locally grown and foraged botanicals including juniper, angelica root, blueberries, coriander seed, meadowsweet stalks and sea orache from the shores of Loch Portree.
In 2017, brothers Thomas and Alistair Wilson decided to escape the rat race and follow their dream of setting up the first commercial gin distillery on their home island of Skye. Both accustomed to hard graft and long days, the brothers wanted to ensure their gins captured the true spirit of the landscape they had grown up around. Their 'Misty Isle' bottle design represents the mountainous landscape and turbulent seas. Their label accurately shows The Black Cuillin, some of the most spectacular mountains in Britain, while the copper foil elements of the label are a nod to their gin stills.
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 used often include orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, citrus peel and coriander, among the core botanicals. The result is often a dry gin that features piney juniper along with bursts of citrus and warming spice and earthy, dry notes from the use of cassia bark and coriander. Nothing can be added to a London Dry Gin post distillation except a minuscule amount of sugar and water. No artificial flavourings or colourings can be used in the distillation process.
The Isle of Skye Distillery can be found in the island’s capital of Portree. The distillery is home to two traditional alembic style copper pot stills. All the distillation, bottling and labelling takes place at the distillery. Also located in the town is the Isle of Skye Distillers’ shop and gin school, providing visitors with the chance to distil their own personalised Isle of Skye Gin under the watchful eye of Alistair or Thomas Wilson.