A Summer Solstice Celebration of Whisky & Art

A Summer Solstice Celebration of Whisky & Art

After the success of our St Andrew’s Day event, we decided that the Summer Solstice (20/21 June) would be the perfect date for another special Cask Trade celebration of whisky and art. Once again the Alon Zakaim Gallery in Mayfair kindly agreed to host us (we’re sure this was nothing to do with Alon’s appreciation of fine Scotch whisky!).

Summer solstice

Over two days 150 customers and their guests were treated to over 50 different drams of mainly cask-strength whisky, surrounded by the stunning art. The highlight whisky was a rare 1967 Gordon & Macphail bottling of The Glenlivet. Other drams on the menu which were very popular included bottlings from Mannochmore 13 years, Macduff 13, Speyside 23, and an Ardmore 12. The Glen Ord 11 year and the Aberlour Abunadh are also worthy of a mention.

In the main room, guests were very impressed with the iconic photography of Terry O’Neil. The full-size prints of Mohammed Ali with the Beatles, Dean Martin in a smoky bar, and Raquel Welch on a cross wearing her fur bikini from the movie ‘One Million Years BC’ provided the perfect backdrop to a wonderful evening.

Summer solstice

A huge, huge thank you to MD Simon for helping to organise the event and providing the all-important drams, and a special shout out to Alon, Maggie, and all the team at the gallery for being such generous and helpful hosts for our Summer Solstice soiree.


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Guyana Rum (Enmore & Uitvlugt Distilleries)

Guyana Rum (Enmore & Uitvlugt Distilleries)

 

The Enmore Sugar Factory was founded in the early 1800s and it was very common for a distillery to be attached to all factories. The famous Enmore still is very unique as it is a wooden column still, which was moved to the Diamond Distillery when Enmore closed its doors for the last time in 1993. Virtually no casks of this rum exist anymore. With tropical aging, you cannot age rum for too long in the Caribbean, certainly not for 30+ years. Therefore, these casks were moved to Liverpool in 1993 and the Guyana rum has spent the majority of its time gently maturing in the cooler climate here. 

The Enmore still is not only the world’s last surviving wooden still but also the world’s oldest operating column still, so an incredible piece of history here. The still was built in 1880, using the original plans of the first Coffey still with, 25 copper plates in the first analyser column, and 32 copper plates in the 2nd rectifying column. 

Regarding the Uitvlugt (pronounced eye-flot) Distillery, they also have a very similar storied history, which can trace its roots back to 1871. Attached again to a sugar factory, this distillery also had a famous wooden still, which was known as the Versailles Still. However, this is one of the oldest pot stills left in existence and is actually 250 years old! The still was originally part of the Versailles distillery, before moving to Uitvlugt and is now to be found at the Diamond Distillery. It is known for producing heavy, distinctively robust, and highly flavourful rum. Only two wooden pot stills are left and both are in Guyana. This is rum making from a long-forgotten bygone age, and there is truly nothing like it in the world. 

Guyanese rum uses the highly sort after Demerara sugar cane. This high-quality cane has been harvested since the 16th century and the rum industry sprung to life not that much later. By the 18th century, British Guyana could actually boast 384 distilleries! The style of rum from this region is very heavy and actually quite aromatic, with so many robust flavours coming to the fore. In our experience, it ages incredibly well and expects to find lots of toasted oak richness, and rum cake, with underlying cooked pineapple notes also coming to the fore. It truly is delicious rum. 

For private clients/independent bottlers, what to consider here is a very rare piece of rum history. Firstly, these historic distilleries were both closed way back in 1993, and this is some of the last rum made with the famous Enmore and Uitvlugt Versailles stills, in their original homes. We suggest that close attention is needed to how the rum is currently maturing. For Indy bottlers, these wonderfully-unique casks are ready for bottling now and it would certainly garner a lot of attention in the rum enthusiast world.

This would become a standout offering, in any company’s collection. Interestingly, in the last few years, there have been signs that rare rum from famous distilleries has become much more investible. Therefore, to purchase this Guyana rum cask now and to hold on to it until it reaches the milestone age of 40 years could be a very savvy move.

We currently have an old & rare 1990 Guyana (Uitvlugt) Barrel on our stock list. To find out more about Rum Cask Investment, contact The Masters today!

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Meet the Masters – Jordan Edwards

Meet the Masters – Jordan Edwards

Meet the Masters

Sales & Marketing Executive Jordan is the latest member to join our quirky team of Whisky Masters. From humble bartender to Brand Ambassador, Jordan’s career in whisky has just gone from (cask) strength to strength!

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
Just one week!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
Working as a bartender during my student days at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms, where they had a premium selection of Scotch. Brand Ambassadors would routinely host training and tell us the stories behind the brands, which I loved!

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
Glenburgie, Glenmorangie and Glengoyne. All three distilleries were among the first I had visited and they all typically capture my favourite style of whisky!

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
Fruity (particularly tropical) and floral flavours are my favourites, I like a whisky with a great balance of spirit character and cask influence.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
Penicillin.

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
With Water.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
The people I work with and the environment I work in. It’s a whisky lover’s paradise!

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
Whisky casks are a fun, engaging investment that offers something for everyone with different budgets,  interests and investment timelines in mind.

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A St Andrew’s Day Celebration of Whisky & Art

A St Andrew’s Day Celebration of Whisky & Art

Table of Drams

The Patron Saint of Scotland was honoured in style across two nights of St Andrew’s Day celebrations hosted by Cask Trade at the Alon Zakaim gallery in Mayfair this week (29/30).

An evening of whisky and art was enjoyed by more than 150 customers and their guests who enjoyed a rare opportunity to taste over 40 drams of cask-strength whisky in the stunning surroundings of the fine art gallery on Cork Street.

Colin and the Glassmates

Invited guests were taken on a dram journey with highlights including Tullibardine 13 years old Sherry Hogshead, Royal Brackla 12 years old Bourbon Barrel, Caol Ila 14 years old Bourbon Hogshead and Speyside Distillery 24 years old Bourbon Hogshead.

Tasting under the glow of the gallery’s Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art, the Cask Trade celebrations concluded with an extra special dram of Benromach 40 years old Old Cask, a limited release of just 1,047 bottles.

Benromach 40 YO

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Alon Zakaim Fine Art will be showcasing a range of works by Modern Masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Henry Moore as well as iconic photography by Terry O’Neill and Chris Smith until Christmas.

Guests

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Benromach 40 YO

Myriam In Scotland – The Dramathon, Glen Moray & GlenAllachie

Myriam In Scotland – The Dramathon, Glen Moray & GlenAllachie

Sales & Marketing Manager Myriam once again returned to her Scottish roots in a recent trip back to the land of Scotch. The phrase, ‘do it for the ‘dram’ was definitely the mantra of the trip, so whether it was in aid of the Dramathon, a distillery tour, or simply for the purpose of warming the cockles by the fire, whisky was undoubtedly celebrated throughout the holiday.

The Dramathon

“When staying in Speyside, the common assumption is that the sole purpose of visiting is to tour its world-famous distilleries. While for many this is true, there is a lot more to Speyside than malt whisky, but for sure it’s always a pleasure to combine an appreciation of whisky with the spectacular landscapes the Highlands have to offer. The main reason for me visiting this year was to run the Dramathon, also known as the Speyside Single Malt Marathon, which involves running through an impressive number of distilleries along the iconic River Spey.

Outside Tamdhu Distillery

I remember the very beginnings of the event when I was working at Glenfarclas in 2014. Two enthusiastic runners came to the distillery to meet George Grant (6th generation of the family-owned Glenfarclas distillery) to pitch him the idea of running and ‘responsibly dramming’ their way through a route on the Speyside Way. The trail was to start at Glenfarclas and finish at Glenfiddich as a way of promoting tourism through a wacky combination of whisky appreciation and running.

It may seem like an unlikely pairing at first, but in other ways, it makes sense. Speyside is home to more than 50 distilleries, which is close to half of the total number of distilleries in Scotland, making it the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers compared to every other region. The area is also known for the Speyside Way; today a scenic walking trail of 137km, but historically, a vital network, the 19th century Strathspey Railway line served the whisky distilleries of Speyside for over 100 years.

The Dramathon route

Offering an idyllic countryside backdrop for a marathon incorporating the river Spey, the historic Speyside Way and the Malt Whisky Trail, it turns out that whisky and running in Speyside is a winning combination. What better way to motivate yourself than running through stunning surroundings and some of the most iconic distillery names in the whisky industry from start to finish.

With four different trails available, the ‘Full Dram’ (42km), ‘Half Dram’ (21km), ‘Wee Dram’ (10km) and the team of four relay option, there is something for everyone. Taking part in this event, you get a real sense of community spirit, with many locals supporting you at different stages along the way. I ran the ‘Half Dram’ which started at Tamdhu and continued past Knockando, Dailuaine, Dalmunach, Aberlour, GlenAllachie, Craigellachie, The Macallan, The Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries.

The finish line at Glenfiddich is nothing short of exceptional, with its beautifully designed architecture; the malt barn, visitor centre, still house and warehouses all surrounding you. To top it all off, a well-deserved goodie bag is presented to each runner containing a medal made from an oak stave, a generous selection of miniatures from Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Monkey Shoulder, The Balvenie and GlenAllachie, and of course, a Dramathon branded Glencairn glass to drink them in!”

Glen Moray

Today an established traditional brand, Glen Moray, originally a 19th-century brewery, was converted into a distillery and began making whisky in 1897. Marketed as a single malt as early as the 1920s when it was bought over by the owners of Glenmorangie, it took the mantel of the firm’s ‘budget’ malt which made Glen Moray widely accessible as a good quality malt at a fair price. Now owned by La Martinquaise since 2008, Glen Moray also supplies fillings for blend, notably Cutty Sark, in addition to its core range of single malt releases and regular appearances in independent bottlings globally.

With a flair for experimentation, Glen Moray is widely known as one of the first distilleries to mature its whisky in ex-wine casks. Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgundy, Barolo, Madeira, Sauternes, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and even Rhum Agricole and cider casks are among some of the innovative cask finishes released in recent years.

Glen Moray Distillery

In the early days, Glen Moray’s goal was to supply a widely affordable and accessible malt. This marketing strategy seems to have stuck, as production has ramped up from three million to five million litres per annum, and with the Glen Moray 12 Years Old available at most supermarkets for around £30. Perhaps this has led to the brand being the unsung hero among so many of its Speyside competitors.

That being said, it seems as though it has not yet reached the status of a ‘collectors’ whisky. Whatever its reputation, in my mind what is certain, is that the cask-strength single cask releases reveal an exceptionally high-quality malt. A typical Speyside style with soft, fruity, and honeyed notes, the independent bottlings are in a realm of their own. For those that are looking for something surprising and underrated, give Glen Moray a try, you will not be disappointed by the single cask releases.”

Glen Moray Distillery

We have 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2014 barrels & hogsheads on our current stock list. We’re always happy to talk whisky, so why not start your investment journey with Cask Trade and Glen Moray today?

GlenAllachie

“GlenAllachie was founded in the heyday of the 1960s whisky boom, purpose-built to supply fillings for the growing global demand for blended Scotch whisky. The base spirit is light, honeyed and floral, typical of the Speyside style, and exactly the type of versatile spirit that is desired by blenders. Until recently, the entirety of the distillery’s four million litre annual output was produced for blending. Owned by Pernod Ricard from 1989, for many years GlenAllachie was never a recognised brand in its own right. Instead, it formed a key part of the Chivas Regal blend, contributing to the success of one of the giants of the whisky industry.

Today the distillery tells a very different story since it was bought over by the independent GlenAllachie Distillers Company in 2017. With blending requirements now a thing of the past, these days GlenAllachie solely focuses on single malt age statements and smaller batch limited editions as a full redevelopment of the brand and the whisky has been well underway. At the production stage, fermentation is longer than most, over 140 hours, which adds fruity esters and more complexity to the final product.

Glenallachie Distillery

During maturation, the spirit starts its life in ex-bourbon casks, to then be transferred into sherry casks, or other types of ex-wine casks used in the finishing process near the end of the maturation. These methods have paved the way for GlenAllachie to develop a house style of deliciously fruity and dark-coloured whiskies, typically finished in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez sherry casks, like for example, the award-winning GlenAllachie 15 Years Old.

These are not new techniques but the depth of expertise, from the production stages to the selection of a range of sherry casks, wine casks and even Chinquapin virgin oak, to name but a few examples, which has led to a complete transformation of the quality and reputation of the whisky. At the head of this independent venture, distillery manager Billy Walker, previously from Glendronach, Benriach & Glenglassaugh distilleries, has successfully revived a little-known distillery into a brand with a whisky enthusiast cult-following on a global scale. If you haven’t tried the GlenAllachie 15 Years Old yet, it’s probably time to add one to your Christmas shopping list.”

Glenallachie Distillery

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A Night of Decadence and Whisky at 67 Pall Mall

A Night of Decadence and Whisky at 67 Pall Mall

 

On Tuesday, 9th November Cask Trade hosted a fantastic whisky tasting at the prestigious private members club, 67 Pall Mall. Simon Aron our MD and founder kicked off the evening with a short welcome speech, before handing the floor over to Cask Trade raconteurs Sir Colin Hampden-White and Phil Huckle. They proceeded to guide the members on a tasting journey featuring an array of delectable single cask spirits, consisting of four whiskies and one rum.

Glen Moray 12-year

They started off with a Cask Trade resident favourite, the Glen Moray 12-year – this was an instant hit! From the offset, the atmosphere was electric and the crowd was noticeably engaged in the tasting, asking an abundance of insightful questions along the way. The repartee between Colin and Phil certainly added to the convivial atmosphere and it’s safe to say the members thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The favourite whisky of the evening was the Orkney single malt (Highland Park) 13- year sherry cask, which was fondly described by guests as ‘exquisite’. We don’t think we can top that description!

Orkney Malt

Finally, a big thank you to our Sales & Marketing Executive Manager Josh Wood who ably assisted the hosting with his affable charm, and not forgetting the 67 Pall Mall events team and all their hard work that helped make for a most enjoyable evening.

Royal Brackla

The Whiskies

Lady of the Glen 12 YO – Distilled at Glen Moray Distillery, First-fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 57.1% ABV.

Infrequent Flyers 14 YO – Distilled at Royal Brackla Distillery, Chinquapin Oak Barrel, 57.8% ABV.

The Golden Cask 10 YO – Distilled at Ardmore Distillery, Bourbon Cask, 56% ABV.

Mey Selections 13 YO – Distilled on the Orkney Islands (Highland Park), First-Fill Sherry Cask, 51% ABV.

Ardmore Distillery

The Rum

Cadenheads 17 YO – Distilled at the Monymusk distillery, Jamaica. Ex-Bourbon barrel, 52.6% ABV

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An Evening of Whisky Tasting with Our Regent Street Neighbours

An Evening of Whisky Tasting with Our Regent Street Neighbours

 

Last month Cask Trade treated our Regent Street office neighbours to a delightful evening of whisky tasting held in our Sampling Room.

Hosted by Cask Trade’s Brand Executive Phil Huckle, our guests sampled four delicious whiskies – a Port Dundas 12-year Grain Whisky, a Caol Ila 11-year aged in a Bourbon Cask, a Craigellachie eight-year also aged in a Bourbon Cask, and a Sherry Cask matured Tullibardine 14-year.

Phil at the helm

To start the event our MD Simon Aron welcomed the guests and spoke for a few minutes about Cask Trade and the cask whisky marketplace, before Phil took over and guided everyone through the whiskies and spoke about the Scotch Whisky industry as a whole, leading the tasting with an insightful and entertaining approach.

Plenty of anecdotes, stories, and drams later, followed up with some great questions from our guests, it was safe to say an enjoyable end to the week was had by all, and we think it’s fair to say that Cask Trade are now on very good terms with our neighbours…!

Phil leading the tasting

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Meet the Masters – Sarah Leonard

Meet the Masters – Sarah Leonard

Meet the Masters - Sarah

As the newest member of the Cask Trade team, Sales & Marketing Manager Sarah has joined us from the Emerald Isles and has brought with her passion for the brown nectar and an abundance of knowledge of the Irish whiskey scene.

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
I have been with Cask Trade for one full week and three days now, and I am loving every minute of it.

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
My Grandad was an avid whisky collector. I loved how he described the tasting notes of whisky. Sharing a dram of whisky with him was always a special moment whether it was a birthday celebration or after a Christmas Day swim in the Irish sea.

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
1. Paul John, Indian whisky. The maturation and angels share is incredibly fast which I find fascinating. They use 6-row feed barley so it makes a very interesting spirit.
2. Millstone 100 rye whisky from the Netherlands. I recently tried this when I was in Groningen and found the flavours and 100% rye grain.
3. Abasolo, this is a Mexican whiskey. I love the concept and it’s fully corn.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
It depends on the time of year for flavours but during the winter months, I love the red wine, nutty notes of a sherry cask finish. Glenfiddich 15 is aged in European oak sherry casks and new oak casks, and the whisky is mellowed in a unique solera vat. This is the perfect warm, spicy winter whisky to sip by the fire. During the warmer months, I love a rum cask finish. I really enjoy the tropical notes in a whisky when the sun is shining, perched on a rooftop. Since moving to the UK and working for William Grant & Sons, I have dived into the world of peated whiskies from Islay such as Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin. I also really like Bruichladdich, even though they are an Islay brand that is non-peated.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
A paper plane or I am a big fan of a whisky highball.

 Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Both. It depends on what I want to taste from the whisky. Cask Strength has strong, bold, powerful flavours that burst in your palate. A little water can bring out different flavours and aromas that can make the experience more refined.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
The ethos and energy of the team is very special. Everyone is super passionate about whisky and the team is so supportive and encouraging, everyday I am learning something new about whisky. I love the genuine approach Cask Trade has to whisky cask trading. It is totally transparent, and it is establishing a marketplace for trade and private clients alike.

Why should people purchase Whisky Casks?
It is an exciting alternative asset with exceptional growth. As the whisky matures in the cask, it increases in value. Purchasing a cask is a memorable experience; picking out your own unique cask, patiently waiting until the liquid is ready to sample, and eventually, you can even choose to bottle it if you wish. Buyers have the chance to own a piece of whisky. It is an alternative to traditional assets and provides a fascinating and fun journey with great expected returns.

To find out more about what Cask Trade can do for you, don’t hesitate to contact the team today and let’s talk whisky! 

We currently have a delicious range of Irish Single Malt & Grain Whiskey from Cooley distillery on our current stock list ranging from 2001-2010. To find out more about purchasing Irish Whiskey, contact The Masters today!

Cask Trade & Grief Encounter – Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot

Cask Trade & Grief Encounter – Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot

Grief Encounter Event

On Thursday the 30th of September, Cask Trade teamed up with Grief Encounter for their clay pigeon shooting event, donating a prize to their silent auction. Grief Encounter are a wonderful charity who support bereaved children and young people in the UK, with the aim of giving every child and young person access to the best possible support following the death of someone close.

We were proud to donate a Whisky Tasting Experience and look forward to hosting the lucky winner in our Regent St Tasting Room for a Guided Tasting, complete with an exciting selection of whiskies. The event was hosted at a beautiful shooting ground called Holland & Holland in Northwood.

Grief Encounter Event

The experience went for a fantastic £1,250 in the auction, which could fund the equivalent of one of the following:

  • 25 hours of 1:1 professional bereavement counselling for grieving children
  • 12 Grief Relief Kits, including Mr Good Grief hand puppet for bereaved families across the UK
  • 8 sessions of Group Therapy for families after a death
  • 2 Family Away Days

If you’d like to find out more about the families the charity support, watch this short film.

Grief Encounter Event

Grief Encounter’s counseling services are provided free of charge, funded by the generosity of their supporters, and are here to help alleviate the pain and confusion caused by the death of a parent or sibling. Bereavement is devastating at any age, but for a child it is life-changing.

You can donate and help aid the support of thousands of families in the UK who have experienced recent bereavement by clicking here.

Myriam’s Distillery Focuses – Lindores Abbey & Isle of Harris Distillery

Myriam’s Distillery Focuses – Lindores Abbey & Isle of Harris Distillery


Sales and Marketing Manager Myriam Mackenzie had the pleasure of returning to her Scottish roots on a recent trip to Scotch-land, where she enjoyed visiting a few fantastic distilleries.

Lindores Abbey Distillery

Lindores Abbey Distillery

A recent visit to Scotland included a tour around Lindores Abbey Distillery in Fife. A relatively new distillery, founded in 2017, it is referred to as the spiritual home of Scotch whisky. The site and abbey ruins are steeped in history and lay claim to the first written record of whisky production dating back to 1494. Friar John Cor, a monk at the Abbey of Lindores, wrote a letter whereby he stated that by order of King James IV, he was instructed to make “aqua vitae, VIII bolls of malt”. Distillation of aqua vitae (meaning ‘water of life’ in Latin) was popular in monasteries at the time and later commonly referred to as ‘uisge beatha’ in Scottish Gaelic. Today, this historic spirit is widely known as whisky.

Lindores Abbey Distillery

With a modest annual production of 225,000 litres which is set to expand further this year, the family-owned distillery shows clear dedication to heritage and craft. They use local barley grown in the surrounding fields which were under the original ownership of the abbey in the 15th century. This year saw the release of their very first whisky: the Lindores Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky matured in a selection of ex-bourbon barrels, ex-sherry casks and ex-wine barriques. A visit to the warehouse gives the impression that the owners are open to experimentation with different types of cask maturation. Among the typical bourbon barrels used in the industry, I also noted an interesting selection of casks of varying sizes from Spain, Portugal, and even Australian wineries. They proudly refer to their cask selection and ‘Kingdom of Fife’ barley on the label, but notably also their team of ‘Lindores people’, as well as a thank you to those who have contributed to their story by buying a bottle.

A beautifully presented distillery inside and out, when you visit it you instantly feel you are part of their story. The still room has an impressive view which overlooks the abbey ruins and the visitor centre contains local historical artefacts, including some of the original pillars of the abbey. The tour involves a great deal of history too which is what ultimately inspired the building of this new distillery and community at Lindores. In the words of the late whisky writer, Michael Jackson, “for the whisky-lover, it is a pilgrimage”.

Isle of Harris Distillery

Isle of Harris Distillery

Located in the Outer Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Harris Distillery was founded in 2014 by a group of investors who shared a passion for whisky, the island community, and the landscape of Harris. Among them, a former marketing director for Glenmorangie who now manages the distillery. The core values behind this unique enterprise represent the rich heritage and warm hospitality of the island. Known as ‘the social distillery’, they seek to employ people with connections to Harris or from the island itself and train them in the art of whisky-making. This brings much-needed employment to a modest island population and it’s beneficial for tourism too. Harris distillery now welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year.

Isle of Harris Distillery

Everything about this community-driven project has been carefully crafted, from the distillery layout to the final product. When you walk into the warehouse, there’s a sense of creativity and individuality as well as a homage to tradition. The casks bear the emblematic Harris logo as well as the hand-written messages and names of the investors who bought the first casks laid down by the distillery. Also in the warehouse is an art installation of staves, another thoughtful addition and dedication to those that helped fund the beginnings of the distillery. I’m proud to say ‘The Mackenzie Spirit’ is engraved into one of these staves!

Today the core product is Harris gin; a smooth refreshing gin made from nine botanicals with locally harvested sugar kelp, presented in an iconic bottle that is inspired by the sea. Yet to come, is the whisky – a non-chill filter natural colour whisky which is to be named the Hearach (translating as a person from Harris in Scottish Gaelic). There is no release date yet for their whisky, all we’re told on the tour is that ‘we’re not in a hurry’. In the meantime, you can taste the peated new-make spirit made from concerto barley and at the end of the tour you are offered a dram of Highland Park 12-Year-Old as a nod to the style of whisky the distillery aspires to create.

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