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The Hearach, Isle of Harris Single Malt Whisky, 46%

The Hearach is the exciting first whisky produced at the Isle of Harris Distillery.

Encapsulating the island, Harris describe the Hearach (meaning 'person from Harris' in Gaelic) as "Woven from People and Place"...

It's put together by one of youngest distilling teams in Scotland with an average age of 25. The distillery opened in 2015 with the help of the community on Harris, aiming to create and provide sustainable employment for generations to come through the disillation of delicious Gin and Whisky.

The water for the Hearach is sourced from Abhainn Cnoc a’ Charrain. It is the softest of any Scottish distillery. The spirits is made from 100% Scottish Concerto Barley, peated to a very light 12-15ppm. It's disilled in the bespoke copper stills at Harris, and matured in a hand-picked array of oak casks by the shores of the Atlantic, near the west-coast village of Ardhasaig. 

Casks:  First-Fill Bourbon Barrels (Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace)
Oloroso Spanish Oak Butts
Fino Spanish Oak Butts

Tasting Note from the Distillery:

"There are so many complex layers of flavour, and it will be different for everyone. But, I get a gentle peat smoke on the first sip which reminds me of island home fires burning when I was growing up. It comes along with a toasted maltiness. I can also taste homemade apple sauce and smell machair flowers, particularly white clover which springs up on our west coast every summer. Mixed spices appear, and an old-fashioned sweetness from things like candied ginger, vanilla, and honeycomb. Finally, there’s a long, clotted-cream note, mixed with a lasting sense of new leather

Shona Macleod, Distillery Blender

About the distillery

Isle of Harris Distillery was opened in September 2015 in Tarbert, the capital of the Island, with the aim of creating whisky and gin which captures the essence of this unique Hebridean Island.

As well as the production of a fantastic Gin infused with local sugar kelp, Harris is also maturing whisky which should be available as of 2025.

The Distillery aims to regenerate the local community through investment in local people and recruitment.