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Issue 124 - Insight

Whisky Magazine Issue 124
December 2014


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The Isle of Harris Distillery

The Isle of Harris Distillery
The Isle of Harris Distillers are over the moon as they have just announced that one of the main aims of the new distillery project is, ‘to be of benefit to the local community' and they have already taken a step forward with the first of their employees taking up their posts.
The small production team of four members have been recruited entirely from within the working population of the island and will be led by Production Manager Kenny Maclean (pictured) whose family have worked the land in Harris for generations.
Joining Kenny will be Donnie Macleod, Billy Fraser and Donald Macleod. All four men have varying work backgrounds including engineering, construction, administration and IT. Most importantly they are all united in a passion for the island of Harris and a desire to make The Hearach the finest malt it can be.
The new production team will now undertake an intensive training programme to learn the art and science of distilling with the support of experts from within the Scotch whisky industry.
Early in the new year the team will be managing the installation and commissioning of the new distillation equipment, with the aim of having the first batch of the Harris Spirit filled into casks in the spring.
Some real hightlights of the distillery include:

• They are hoping to help put the Outer
Hebrides on the map as a new whisky region.

• They aim to be operational by May 2015.

• The stills have been designed and manufactured near ...

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