The Isle of Harris Distillery, or the Social Distillery as it is often referred to, opened in October 2015 in the small harbour village of Tarbert. The distillery was the vision of Anderson ‘Burr’ Bakewell, a man who has been connected to the island for many years.
The Isle of Harris Distillery’s main purpose is to create jobs, support the fragile local economy and address issues surrounding population decline in the Outer Hebrides. Five local distillers and two young apprentice distillers, trained from scratch in their craft, make a single malt whisky and an Outer Hebridean gin.
The award-winning Isle of Harris Gin was the distillery’s inaugural spirit, distilled with juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, cubebs, bitter orange peel, liquorice and cassia bark, with sugar kelp as the gin’s unique ingredient.
To complement the distinctiveness and individuality of Isle of Harris Gin, the company has commissioned a range of glassware produced in collaboration with Wrześniak Glassworks, Every piece in the new range is unique, having been hand-blown, shaped and polished in the glassware company’s time-honoured tradition.
The new range is presented as pairs, of either tumblers or highball glasses, in a bespoke gift box, which includes a bottle of Isle of Harris Gin, a photographic print, serving suggestions and tasting notes; handwritten gift messages can also be added at no extra cost.
Gift packs of glasses without the gin are also available.