There are 1,916 men, women and children living in the Isle of Harris. Each one is unique, from the big personalities to characters of quiet countenance. Some can lay claim to island ancestry going back generations, while others have not long arrived on our shores.
One of the defining aims of the Harris Distillery is to grow this number through the work we do together and before we send our special island dram out into the world, we're giving you the opportunity to buy something very special.
As part of The One Nine One Six you will play an integral role in realising our island's plans and become a real part of the distillery's work for generations to come.
The offering to you...
- A first release, inaugural filling of 'The Hearach' whisky, limited to just 1,916 bottles.
- Your chosen name, engraved on an oak cask stave, to be displayed permanently within the distillery.
- A specially printed and bound book about The One Nine One Six endeavour accompanied by beautiful images from photographer Laurence Winram.
- An engraved copper card entitling you to a lifetime of free tours here at the Harris Distillery.
If you would like to be among the first to take the opportunity of becoming part of The 1,916 please click the button below to purchase online.
This special way of connecting with the Isle of Harris is priced at £400.00, all inclusive, wherever you live in the world
In more detail...
The First Bottling Of The Hearach Single Malt Whisky
While nature plays its timely role in maturing the spirit, we will remain patient, but when we believe things to finally be worthy of 'The Hearach' name we will carry out our inaugural bottling. With whisky requiring a minimum of three years of cask maturation, this will not be before 2019.
To hold this special island whisky, we have designed a beautiful glass bottle, one we hope will do justice to its contents. The design remains under wraps for now but our Isle of Harris Gin, shortly to be making its appearance, may well hint at what is to come.
This inaugural release of our whisky will be limited to just 1,916 70cl bottles, each individually numbered. The strength will be decided at the time but will be no less than 46% and, naturally, the spirit will be neither coloured nor chill-filtered. All of these processes will take place at the distillery in Tarbert, ensuring a Harris-made dram from start to finish.
We will then send this historic bottling of 'The Hearach' to you, wherever you are in the world (with just a few exceptions). The transport is covered in the cost, as is the duty and VAT in the EU. We simply ask you to ensure that local duties are paid elsewhere.
An Engraved Oak Stave Displayed In The Heart Of The Distillery
We have a small warehouse on our distillery site in Tarbert which will form part of the tour for our guests. In this warehouse we will build a wall of wooden staves, those strong strips of oak from which whisky casks are made. On the side of these staves we will inscribe a name of your choice, by hand. All you need to do is provide us with the inscription of up to 20 characters (including spaces). Your name will be bound in wood at the busy heart of our work, in perpetuity, as recognition of your support during our first days.
A Copper 'Guest For Life' Card For a Lifetime Of Free Tours
Our distillery tours will be very personal, do not expect any slick audio visual productions, just an enjoyable and unhurried visit with a most personable guide, most likely one of the island's 1,916. Normally incurring a £10 charge, for you as part of The 1,916 there will be no cost whenever you join us. We do ask that you book in advance, proudly mentioning your 1,916 ownership, and that when you arrive you present the copper 'Guest For Life' card you will receive. As you would expect, we kindly ask that you respect the unlimited nature of this offer.
A Handbound Book About Our Story Holding Your Ownership Certificate
We have produced a small and beautiful book of which there will be just, you've guessed it, one thousand nine hundred and sixteen copies produced. The book tells the tale of our new venture and the background to this initiative. Inside its specially bound covers you'll enjoy colourful photographs of the equally colourful people of Harris, specifically commissioned by photographer Laurence Winram. Also contained within the book is a unique certificate, your proof of ownership of your inaugural bottling of 'The Hearach' as well as your "Guest For Life" card. The book, containing the aforementioned, will be sent to you as soon as we receive your order.