New Beginnings

It has been a busy week here at the distillery. With the revelry of the Grand Opening ceilidh still ringing in our ears we began getting ready to re-open to the public, with little time for our Tarbert Ten to recover from the night’s most enjoyable proceedings.


The inaugural batch of our new Isle of Harris Gin, freshly confined in its beautiful, undulating glass bottles, had proved very popular with our local populace, all 1,004 being sold with the first few days of its on-site release. So our distillers Kenny, Donnie, Billy and Donald returned to the warm, copper body of ‘The Dottach’ gin still to begin their work once again. This time revisiting the recipe, adjusting botanical proportions, seeking to further refine as they went.


In the canteen, Kate continued to make the necessary culinary preparations for the first visitors’ arrival while keeping the rest of the distillery team well-fed and caffeinated as they worked tirelessly on the myriad of others tasks required to prepare for our doors opening to the world on Thursday October 1st 2015. (We’ll be revealing Kate’s delicious menu and locally sourced offerings shortly so keep eyes and mouths open for that).


Our first day of opening was very enjoyable, it was great to meet and greet old friends and new and we’re looking forward to welcoming any and all of you who find themselves in the Isle of Harris with a curiosity about what we do and plan to do. We will be announcing our tour information very soon but meantime our doors are open from 10am ’til 5pm Monday to Saturday should you wish to come in to say hello, sit by our peat fire, buy something special or simply share a pot of tea and a yarn with us.


It’s hard to believe it’s been a week since we were whirling around the dance floor. But thanks to our distillers’ hard work their next batch of gin has passed muster with our Nosing Panel and is ready to enjoy and an Isle of Harris Gin with Walter Gregor’s Tonic, a few drops of Sugar Kelp Aromatic Water, ice and a wedge of lime seems an appropriate way to unwind and remember the events of the last seven days. Wherever you are this Friday evening, we hope you can make time to join us in spirit...

[ Thank you to Laurence Winram for his wonderful images © ]

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