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Gin Across The Generations.
Posted on: 12th May, 2017
We love to connect with people and, in turn, bring them a little closer to our island home. As the reputation of our Isle of Harris Gin spreads, we have the privilege of meeting more new friends, learning about their own stories as we share ours.
Once such person is Anna Davidson, formerly of the Harvey Nichols Group and now supporting the marketing and business development initiatives of her family’s business, the excellent Champany Inn, a wonderful hostelry housed in 16th century former farm holdings, and specialising in beautiful Scotch beef and fine wine.
Established in 1982 by Anna’s parents, Anne and Clive, today Champany Corner comprises of a main restaurant and their Chop & Ale House. There are also 16 bedrooms, a Wine Shop and an extensive cellar under the bedrooms, alongside their on-site butchery.
We were delighted to connect with Anna as they discovered our Isle of Harris Gin and decided to not only stock our island spirit, but to become a Click & Collect depository for their area.
Anna tells us…
“My sister-in-law is the one to thank for the discovery of Isle of Harris Gin; her boss is a gin enthusiast and put it on her radar from the early stages of development. We arranged a small customer tasting in our cellar as soon as we could, and from there, the rest is history – the family was hooked, the customers were hooked and we knew it was the right product for Champany.”
It seems the family's love for our gin is also generational. Anna’s great Aunt has also become quite a fan, at almost 95 years of age. She was born in Stornoway, so the connection to the distillery is even more special to her.
Anna tells us her great Aunt now enjoys a wee Harris G&T every Friday night at sunset.
As Anna explains…
“She visited the distillery for the first time last month and was incredibly impressed. She particularly loved the welcoming fire at the entrance, the very tastefully laid out shop, friendly and helpful staff, and the delicious, hearty soup in the canteen. On her next trip she’s coming back for the tour…”
She goes on…
“She has an eye for detail and design, and the bottle had already won her over before she even tasted the product. It is now her gin of choice, and being Hebridean herself, she is delighted she can support a local enterprise by drinking it! She has already decided the beautiful bottle will be turned into a flower vase when it is finished.”
It is stories like these which make our day, and we’re so pleased that Anna and her family have embraced our work in the same way as we admire all they do at Champany Inn. We highly recommend a journey to their door, and be sure to look out for our gin when you do.
[ Our Isle of Harris Gin can be ordered from www.isleofharrisgin.com ]