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Issue 134 - A New Malt is Born

Whisky Magazine Issue 134
March 2016


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A New Malt is Born

Isle of Harris Distillery fills its first casks

The Isle of Harris Distillery – Scotland's newest whisky distillery – is bringing in the New Year by celebrating the filling of its first casks with Scotland's newest single malt.

The first production of The Hearach single malt flowed from the distillery's copper stills just before Christmas and the 561 litres produced have now been filled into casks one, two and three of what is sure to become a very long line.

The Isle of Harris Distillery based in Tarbert, the first distillery on the island and the first of significant commercial size in the Outer Hebrides, on­­ly opened its doors on 24 September since when the team has been working hard to prepare its first whisky production.

Just eight years and two weeks after he founded the Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd, on 17 December , Anderson ‘Burr' Bakewell, Chairman and Founder, turned up the steam to the stills and the first raw spirit was born.

The new-make spirit has been filled into the first casks which will lie in the distillery's warehouse for years of quiet maturation in what is a hugely significant milestone for the company.

“We opened the distillery in late September with what was really a family affair for the whole of the people of Harris including the biggest ceilidh the island has ever seen and now we have even more to celebrate with the production of our first spirit,” says Simon Erlanger, Managing Director.

After a well-earned rest over the festive period, production manager Kenny Maclean and ...

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