The Isle of Harris Distillery releases four new batches of The Hearach single malt Scotch whisky

Isle of Harris Distillers launches its first whisky, The Hearach

Four new batches from The Isle of Harris Distillery

The Isle of Harris Distillery tomorrow, Tuesday 26 March, releases four new batches of The Hearach single malt Scotch whisky, following the inaugural release in September 2023 which sold out online in just four-and-a-half hours.

Bottled at 46% ABV, without any artificial colouring or chill-filtration, The Hearach is matured in first-fill bourbon, as well as oloroso and fino sherry casks, before being further ‘married’ for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Isle of Harris Distillers launches its first whisky, The Hearach

The second whisky release from the Outer Hebrides distillery, the new batches of The Hearach, 9, 10, 11 and 12, remain true to The Hearach’s lightly peated, complex, and elegant flavour profile, with subtle variations in each release due to differences in individual casks, barley peating levels, marrying times and distillers’ cut-points.

As before, each batch is beautifully presented in a stunning glass bottle and bespoke packaging, with the introduction of the new white stopper seal bearing the unique batch numbers. This batch number can be researched on the distillery’s website to provide numerous distilling details surrounding the particular batch creation, alongside a short story, and tasting notes from a local islander.

Every drop of The Hearach, named after the Scottish Gaelic word for a native of Harris, has been distilled, matured, married, and bottled in Harris, with around 12,000 bottles of each batch available to purchase.

Simon Erlanger, Managing Director at Isle of Harris Distillery, commented: “Having just recovered from the whirlwind of our inaugural release in September, the team have been working hard to prepare the next batches. Selecting the casks to match the flavour profile is a painstaking process carried out by Shona and Harry, our distillery blenders. We are continuously surprised to discover how each batch differs subtly from the others- we look forward to reading the tasting notes from whisky lovers around the UK!”


Where to order The Hearach

The Hearach Batches 9, 10, 11 and 12, will be available to purchase from 10am (GMT) tomorrow, Tuesday 26 March, online at at £65 and individual batches will also be available in our partner retail stockists across the UK. The new releases will also be available across 24 markets globally.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

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