Isle Of Harris Gin

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A unique, hard to source, gin from Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

The first spirit release from the famed community-driven distillery, this is a complex, coastal gin that is very much a product of its environment. The hero botanical is sugar kelp, which is sourced by divers descending to the sea floor and cutting enough for the distillation.

The sugar kelp influence extends to the front label of the gorgeous bottles, which is flecked with copper leaf and the botanical. No two front labels are exactly the same.

Originally available only through the distillery itself, a move designed to create jobs on the island, the are now a small number of partner retails across the world.

The Oak Barrel is privileged to be offered the opportunity to be one of the partners for this very special gin.

As with all gins that make our shelves, this can be drunk neat or over ice. Beyond that, it makes a cracking dry, fresh martini in particular.

The Isle Of Harris distillery is located on the Harris section of the Lewis And Harris island – the largest island of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. Harris is the southern section of the island with Tarbert as the main port and settlement. It has a population of approximately 550 and before the establishment of the distillery was best known to tourists for its Harris Tweed shop.

The distillery opened in September 2015, branding itself as ‘The Social Distillery’. Providing employment opportunities, particularly to young people, on the island, it is now one of the biggest employers there.

Tasting notes:

Nose: A 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 and gives a dry maritime note.

Palate: 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 of crushed coriander. Distinctive and smooth with a dry, flinty taste.

Finish: Overall a long, clean finish. As the juniper and citrus fade away, sweet vanilla and black pepper remain with a gentle reminder of the sea.

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