NIP

There’s much to be said for island life but sometimes a journey to the bright lights of the big city is called for. For most Hearachs the closest and most common port of call is the Highland capital of Inverness, a place with strong connections to the islands and a home from home for many of us here. So when we were invited to take part in the NIP Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival by organiser Yvonne Murray we had no hesitation in joining in. 

NIP started out in 2010 as the Inverness Whisky Festival but has grown to encompass Scotland’s other favourite spirit and now champions innovative tastings, expert-led master-classes, whisky and gin tours, a now renowned drinks expo at the award-winning Bogbain Farm, with music, local food and a fantastic atmosphere over an annual five day event.

Organiser Yvonne Murray, herself an islander, hailing as she does from Ness in the Isle of Lewis told us…

“NIP is unique in the respect that it offers gin lovers the chance to taste whisky, and whisky lovers the opportunity to try gin.  There are also some lucky folk out there that love it all, so it’s like Willy Wonka’s at the farm! We’ll have about 30 different distilleries, some masterclasses, stovies and some live music - it’s low key, completely authentic (apologies for the cliche) and Bogbain Farm, I’m proud to say, is one of Scotland’s best unusual venues and is a jewel in the Highland crown.”

We're delighted to announce our involvement as Official Gin Sponsor at the festival this year and will be starting proceedings on Thursday 31 March with a Hebridean night of Harris Gin, delicious island food from Hebridean chef Murdo Macritchie and great music aplenty. The following night of Friday 1st April you can enjoy our Harris Gin as part of a wonderful gin tour of Inverness hostelries. There's a different gin dram in each bar and musicians to entertain along the way as well as a wee masterclass session at every stop.

  

Finally, on Saturday 2nd April we'll be at the host venue, the fantastic and welcoming Bogbain Farm from 12pm until 5pm where you can sample all manner of whisky and gins, join masterclasses, private tastings and gain a real insight into the making and tasting of our Isle of Harris Gin alongside lots of other fine spirit producers you know and love.

Yvonne also enjoys our gin having been sent some by her father recently.

“It was an absolute treat - the packaging and the bottle made me feel very homesick.  It is reminiscent of a more innocent, easier way of life and I loved my first sip of home.  Home felt very far away, especially at Christmas, and Harris Gin will always stay with me following that first taste.  I’m really looking forward to watching everything develop at the distillery - thank goodness there are visionaries in the world who can introduce and persevere with getting a project of this scale off the ground. “ 

It’s an exciting event to be involved in and we’d encourage you to join us if you can this year or in years to come. As Yvonne says…

“…we just want to continue championing what the Highlands & Islands have to offer, and I’m particularly proud to have the Isle of Harris Distillery involved - there’s a connection from home there for me that just can’t be beaten and it’s a relationship I’ll strive to develop over the years.”

We certainly hope NIP will be around as long as we plan to be…

For more information and to secure tickets please visit: http://thenip.scot

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