Review: Isle of Harris Gin
In our most recent issue of Whiskeria, Brian Wilson explores the history of distilling in the Outer Hebrides as the Isle of Harris distillery gears up for their first whisky release: 'The Hearach'. Their first iteration will consist of just 1,916 bottles - reflecting the population of Harris in the 2011 census! You can find his 'A Long Time Coming' article as our A Time In History feature on p.26.
Whilst the distillery waited for this precious single malt to mature, they released their Isle of Harris Gin to plenty of buzz - winning several prestigious awards, including Gold at the World Gin Awards 2021. The gin is popular with the public as well as critics, with The Scottish Gin Society voting it their No.1 expression, and many a customer coming into The Whisky Shop in search of the unique, glistening bottle.
The classic expression beautifully captures the nature of the Isle of Harris with it's inclusion of nine carefully selected local botanicals. The hand-harvested sugar kelp plays a major role in creating the gin's stunning maritime flavour profile. Bottled at 45% abv, it's a true must have. As fans ourselves, we pulled together a few comments from us at The Whisky Shop:
"The Isle of Harris gin is smooth, dry, and earthy, flaunting notes of citrus and leaving you with a stunning bottle to sit on the shelf. My new favourite gin!" - Asha, Customer Services
"A staple in any gin lover's cabinet. Zesty and maritime, this gin is the perfect pick-me-up!" - Fran, Producer of Whiskeria
"My go-to gin for a G&T to impress! Beautifully refreshing and tart, with a slight herbal aftertaste, it's the one I bring out for special guests." - Charlotte, Copywriter
"Fresh, zesty, vibrant and moreish! I like to make mine at home with 60ml of gin and a 150ml chilled tin of Fever-Tree tonic and loads of chunky ice. Properly strong and no garnish to let the gin shine. I guess you could add a slice of grapefruit…but I can’t wait to tuck in whilst its at its fizziest." - Declan, Marketing, Social Media & Photography
"It was the gin that got me into gin! That will always make it memorable." - Phil, Manchester Store Manager
You can purchase a bottle here. Keep an eye our for their first whisky - coming next month!