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The Hearach, being the Gaelic word for a person from Harris, is the name we have given to our defining single malt whisky.
Every drop of The Hearach is being distilled, matured and bottled here in the island. Bottle by bottle, drop by drop, we are introducing this new whisky region of the Outer Hebrides to an eagerly awaiting world.
Like the Hearachs themselves, our malt whisky is a conversation between nature and nurture, what we begin with and the way we are brought to maturity. In this way The Hearach boasts two powerful parents, each influencing the dram in their own unique ways.
First, the elements of Harris itself. We're making The Hearach from the softest of Hebridean waters, the burn from which it flows, Abhainn Cnoc a ’Charrain, running over the oldest rocks on earth, and the environment in which it takes shape, a place swept by the Gulf Stream and by Atlantic storms.
But for all its wildness the island is not a savage place. Those infamous winds keep the summer cool and in winter snow rarely lies except on the heights of the mighty Clisham mountain, helping to ensure that, despite all odds, we have a climate which is perfectly balanced for whisky maturation.
Naturally, the other parent present throughout is the long, complex process of spiritual interaction within the distillery and then the oaken wood. Our bourbon and sherry casks, storing our newly distilled spirit, will have a profound influence on the hue and expression of The Hearach as it resides over the coming years in our warehouse by the shores of Loch an Siar near Ardhasaig.
The final results remain to be seen, but we strive to embody the character of the people of Harris at every stage and let the island exert its own mysterious influences as it sees fit. Rest assured, the character and soul of our whisky, free from chill-filtering and naturally coloured, will ensure you enjoy an authentic dram of the island when it's finally ready to drink.