Whisky Magazine Issue 131
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The Social Distillery is opened by the people of Harris
The Isle of Harris Distillery opened its doors on Thursday, September 24, 2015, the culmination of a seven year drive to establish the Hebridean island's first commercial whisky distillery. The Social Distillery, as it has become known, will bring a hugely important economic boost to the island ultimately providing 20 vital jobs in an area where long-term employment is difficult to find.
And reflecting the Social Distillery's place at the heart of the island, the whole population of Harris had been invited to take part in the opening celebrations.
“Our story is absolutely connected to island life,” said Managing Director Simon Erlanger, “it's about the people of Harris and we want to show that in the celebrations for our opening.”
Chairman and Founder of IHD Anderson Bakewell said:
“It is on this special island that conditions prevail for the production and maturation of a unique and exceedingly fine malt whisky. As if that was not enough, we have every expectation that it should inspire creative initiatives- entrepreneurial, cultural and social- for the benefit of the island's future, helping to retain those here and attract back those who left.”
The official opening began at 2pm on September 24 with a ceremony at the newly- built distillery in Tarbert, at which three generations of the island's people took the leading role. Retired Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles John Murdo Morrison, MBE, the distillery's Guest Team Manager and mother of two ...