The Isle of Skye is an island landscape famous for dinosaurs, giants, ancient castles and fairies. You might think this was a plot for a Hollywood blockbuster (and a number of Hollywood movies have been shot on location here), but all of the above is true. In 2017 brothers Thomas and Alistair Wilson decided to follow their dream of setting up the first commercial gin distillery on their home island.
The brothers wanted to ensure their gins captured the true spirit of the landscape they had grown up around. Their bottle design and label represents the mountainous landscape and turbulent seas, while the copper foil elements of the label are a nod to their gin stills.
A marriage of crystal clear spring waters from the Storr Lochs and the right balance of the finest botanicals. With juniper berries hand foraged from various wild locations around Skye and slowly distilled in copper pot stills, then vapour infused with botanicals.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Grains of Paradise, Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Black Cubebs, Lemon Peel
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 41.5% vol
Goes great with: Orange peel, Mediterranean tonic water and ice.
Location: Isle of Skye Distillery, Highland, Scotland
The Isle of Skye Distillery can be found in the island’s capital of Portree. The distillery is home to two traditional embolic style copper pot stills. All the distillation, bottling and labelling takes place at the distillery. Also located in the town is the Isle of Skye Distillers’ shop and gin school. The gin school is situated to the rear of the shop and provides visitors with the chance to distill their own personalised Isle of Skye Gin under the watchful eye of Thomas or Alistair. Pick your own selection of botanicals, distill in your own individual miniature copper pot still before bottling, naming and labelling your very own one-off Isle of Skye Gin.
Gin School: Yes
Booking: For enquiries and gin school group bookings visit the Isle of Skye Distillers website here
Hillfoot, Viewfield Road, Portree, Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland, IV51 9ES - View on Google Maps