Isle of Harris Distillery launches single malt Scotch whisky

Isle of Harris Distillers launches its first whisky, The Hearach

Isle of Harris Distillers today revealed its long-awaited single malt Scotch whisky, The Hearach

The first legal dram from the Outer Hebridean Isle of Harris is called The Hearach – the Scottish Gaelic for a native of Harris.

The whisky is matured in first-fill bourbon, oloroso and fino sherry casks) and bottled on the island.

Isle of Harris Distillers launches its first whisky, The Hearach

The whisky will be available via the Harris Distillery website, and in person at the distillery itself ftom 23rd September. The whisky will then be made available from October in specialist retailers and bars across the UK and in over 20 countries globally.

Isle of Harris Distillers launches its first whisky, The Hearach

Tasting notes from Shona Macleod, Blender at the Isle of Harris Distillery.

“I get a gentle peat smoke on the first sip which reminds me of island home fires burning when I was growing up. It comes along with a toasted maltiness. I can also taste homemade apple sauce and smell machair flowers, particularly white clover which springs up on our west coast every summer. Mixed spices appear, and an old-fashioned sweetness from things like candied ginger, vanilla, and honeycomb. Finally, there’s a long, clotted-cream note, mixed with a lasting sense of new leather.”

For more information on The Hearach or the Isle of Harris Distillery, visit




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