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HARRIS DISTILLERY Gin
Delighted to be able to retail the Harris Gin now as the distillery has moved away from the ‘click & collect’ system. Distillery information: The Isle of Harris Distillery began with a simple idea. The inspiration came from Anderson ‘Burr’ Bakewell, who has been bound to this island through a long connection with nearby…(Read More)
Delighted to be able to retail the Harris Gin now as the distillery has moved away from the ‘click & collect’ system.
The Isle of Harris Distillery began with a simple idea.
The inspiration came from Anderson ‘Burr’ Bakewell, who has been bound to this island through a long connection with nearby Scarp, and many decades of life spent among the landscapes of Harris and people of our community.
He believed that the rare and elusive spirit of this island could be captured in a bottle and shared with the world.
Over the decades Burr, like many others, noted with sadness the long-term decline in the island’s population, our community’s numbers having halved over the last fifty years.
As young people left our shores to seek their fortune, few were able to return to find work, set down roots and build a life in the place they called home. He believed that a distillery, built for not just years but for generations, could be a way to help stem this tide.
So, he gathered a group of like-minded individuals around him and set out on a seven year journey to bring his ambitions to reality.
September 24th 2015 saw his simple idea finally come to fruition as the doors to the Isle of Harris Distillery opened for the first time.
That day, we gathered to light an inaugural fire in our distillery hearth. Three generations of Hearaich, the Gaelic word for the people of Harris, each placed a fàd, or block, of peat on the blaze to mark the occasion.
We then threw the largest ceilidh the island had ever seen with hundreds of our fellow islanders joining us in the cask warehouse for a night of music, dancing and song, as the first of our island spirit flowed.
The distillery started life with just 10 people and an ambition to double this number over the next five years. Today, we’re proud to say we employ almost 40 permanent staff, a highly significant number in an island of fewer than 2000 inhabitants.
In these early days of our history, it is clear that Burr’s vision is already making a real difference here in the Isle of Harris.
As a catalyst for positive change within our community, we continue to work with purpose, bringing new life to our island and supporting its aspirations to survive and thrive as we move forward together to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
WE USE NINE BOTANICALS
SUGAR KELP DEFINES OUR MARITIME GIN
We work with nine carefully chosen ingredients, each lending their own individual characteristics, and all sourced with our usual attention to detail.
Sugar Kelp plays the starring role, bringing a complex, maritime edge to proceedings and we work with local diver and seaweed expert Lewis Mackenzie to gather this magical seaweed from our local sea-lochs in a sustainable harvest.
Lewis picks the gold-green fronds from hidden underwater forests by hand in the springtime before taking them to be dried locally.
When there is no ‘r’ in the month, the kelp is left to recover and grow, ensuring this vital local habitat for sealife is not harmed.