Isle Of Harris Distillers Ltd., Tarbert, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3DJ Tel: 01859 502 212 www.harrisdistillery.com
Besides committing the spirit for ‘The Hearach’ Single Malt Whisky to wood, their distillers are also busy creating The Isle of Harris Gin. The small copper still, known affectionately as ‘The Dottach’, imbues their spirit with the complex delights of nine specially chosen botanicals as they seek to capture the elemental nature of the island, particularly the maritime influences of the seas which surround them on all sides.
How to buy
They always strive to deal directly with their customers but they realise that many of you would love to get hold of their Isle of Harris Gin without delay; so they have set up a special network of bottle depositories across the UK to help them connect with you a little quicker. Simply go to the map on their website www.harrisdistillery.com/harris-gin and choose a pick-up point from one of their local partners. Your order will be ready to collect within minutes. You can also enjoy Isle of Harris Gin in many great bars and restaurants across the country. You’ll find these on the map as well. eteaket on Rose Street is one of the click and collect partners.
What makes their Gin unique?
Juniper, Coriander, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Cubebs, Bitter Orange Peel, Licorice and Cassia Bark all play their role in defining the taste of our gin but it is Sugar kelp which is key to the subtle coastal notes that mark out their spirit. Hand-harvested by a local diver from the deep underwater forests of the Outer Hebrides, this natural and sustainable ingredient completes the wider aspects of the gin’s flavour profile.
Well-defined juniper note with pine needles, immediately followed by the fresh citrus notes of bitter orange, lime and grapefruit develops a complex floral note of rose and wallflowers with crushed green herbs, coriander and gooseberry all underpinned by mixed spice. Sugar kelp adds to the complexity and richness with a dry maritime note.
Refreshing gin with good balance between the bitter juniper and pine and the sweet fruit flavours of mango, grapefruit and orange. A green herb flavour has developed with crushed coriander. Distinctive and smooth with a dry, flinty taste.
Overall a long, clean finish. As the juniper and citrus peel notes fade away, sweet vanilla and black pepper remain with a gentle reminder of the sea.