Isle of Harris Gin
The award-winning Isle of Harris Gin is our distillery's inaugural spirit release.
Every drop is distilled here in Tarbert in our small copper gin still, known affectionately as 'The Dottach' after a similarly fiery and feisty local woman.
The Dottach imbues our spirit with the complex delights of nine carefully chosen botanicals as we seek to capture the elemental nature of our island, particularly the maritime influences of the seas which surround us.
Of all our botanicals, it is Sugar kelp which is key to the subtle coastal notes that mark out our spirit.
Hand-harvested by a local diver from the deep underwater forests of the Outer Hebrides, this natural and sustainable ingredient completes the wider aspects of the gin's flavour profile.
Unlike many gin-makers, our distillers discard, instead of recycling, the 'heads' and 'tails' of their spirit run, leaving only the very best of the distillate's 'heart'.
We capture all this in a beautiful glass bottle, ribbed and rippled like the seas of Luskentyre, a gentle azure rising from its depths. There are subtle imperfections, dimples and dips to hold it safely while you pour a generous measure.
The label is simple but you will struggle to find any two alike, each individually flecked with fragments of copper leaf and Sugar Kelp.
A latin motto to live by hides beneath the reassuring weight of the base, while a simple wood and cork stopper is sealed with the coordinates of our distillery's location, your guarantee that this a truly Outer Hebridean gin.
The final result is a smooth and complex spirit which is wonderful to enjoy on its own or with a few drops of our Sugar Kelp Aromatic Water to heighten the subtle coastal notes in your glass.
On The Nose
First comes the well-defined aroma of plump Macedonian juniper berries, before a fresh breeze of pine needles arrives, like an Autumn walk in Aline forest. Then there is a bright citrus, weaving together with a complex air of summer machair flowers and crushed croft herbs, all underpinned by a pleasant pepperiness. The Sugar Kelp speaks softly, adding to the complexity with a dry, maritime scent.
On The Palate
Initially, there is an unmistakably luxurious mouthfeel and a weighty softness to the spirit. This is a gentle but refreshing gin, displaying effortless balance. We find a delicious sweetness working in harmony with sharper citrus and the green, herbal character which soon develops. A warm, peat-fire spice glows throughout. The Sugar kelp remains complex and elusive, emerging in quiet but distinctive waves.
On The Finish
Finally, a long, clean finish as the juniper and citrus fade away to leave a sense of sweet candy and vanilla, with memories of black pepper. There is just a gentle reminder of the sea, like water sun-drying on coastal rocks.