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Isle of Harris Gin Distillery Tour

One of my favourite distillery visits to date was to the Isle of Harris Distillery in Tarbert which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery you are ever likely to see in your life. Our guide was very enthusiastic and gave us a fascinating insight into everything their whisky and gin has to offer. It was interesting to hear the background to the social distillery that gives something back to the island economically and creating jobs for the younger population for now and in the future. The distillery itself is very modern and in keeping with what the island has to offer using it’s raw materials and branding extremely well. Astonishing to think that when they started out they only anticipated bottling a maximum of 15,000 gin bottles in the first year only to rise above 50,000, now that’s some going! I believe there are many reasons for this however a lot of it has to go down to the those who have created what is a very unique and wonderful gin, who would have ever thought about putting a seaweed (sugar kelp) into gin! It’s not only the gin that’s unique let’s also not forgot those who have excelled in marketing and branding the gin, it has got to be the best looking gin bottle in the world. There is so much more I could tell you about the tour but I don’t want to spoil it for you all, a visit to the distillery and Harris with its stunning scenery, white beaches and crystal blue waters is a must do trip no matter where you are from.

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