Today marks a milestone in the development of the Social Distillery.

Isle of Harris Distillers are delighted to announce that one of the main aims of the project, "to be of benefit to the local community" will take a step forward today with the first employees taking up their posts.

The small production team of four members has been recruited entirely from within the working population of the Island and will be led by Production Manager Kenny Maclean (pictured) whose family have worked the land in Harris for generations.

Joining Kenny will be Donnie Macleod, Billy Fraser and Donald Macleod. All four men have varying work backgrounds including engineering, construction, administration and I.T. Most importantly they are all united in a passion for our Island and a desire to make The Hearach the finest malt it can be.

The new production team will now undertake an intensive training program to learn the art and science of distilling with the support of experts from within the Scotch whisky industry.

Early in the new year the team will be managing the installation and commissioning of the new distillation equipment, with the aim of having the first batch of the Harris Spirit filled into casks in the spring.

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