The historic release of Scotch whisky distilled on the Isle of Leiws, the first Lewis Scotch in over 170 years. Single first fill ex-bourbon cask bottled without any nonsense.
Launched to much fanfare during the Royal National Mod on 14th October 2011.
Limited release of 2,011 bottles. This is how we Scot's used to make whisky, from a (former) illicit still without computers and matured near the coast in a chilly, damp warehouse.
See our Abhainn Dearg Distillery blog article for review.
Nose: Unmistakable young spirit, sweet barley sugar, butterscotch, vanilla pods, pine forest and layers of sea salt. Remarkably similar to walking along the beach at Uig bay.
Palate: Hot and quite oaky, the barley sugar and vanillas apparent on the nose are all kept in check by lashings of pine needles and salivating sea salt.
Finish: The mouth feel is oily with a salty tang leaving a mineral and black tea coating.
Abhainn Dearg Distillery was established in 2008 by Mark Tayburn and is a Scottish Islands distillery situated at Carnish near Uig in the Isle of Lewis on the Outer Hebrides off the north west coast of Scotland. Abhainn Dearg Distillery plans to use some Lewis grown and malted barley and is bottling its own whisky at the distillery. Soft and pristine water from the Uig Hills, two small mash tuns, two pine washbacks, two small stills each with a round wooden worm tub, and maturation in dunnage warehouses close to the Atlantic shore. Draff from the mash tun is fed to Abhainn Dearg’s very own heard of Highland cattle. The Abhainn Dearg Distillery visitor centre welcomes visitors and offers distillery tours by appointment.