Alistair and Thomas hand picking ingredients

 

Heavy machinery has moved on site in what is the first step to establishing Portree’s very own – and first – hand crafted gin distillery.

Local brothers Thomas and Alistair Wilson have between them formed the Isle of Skye Distillers company and are firmly committed to getting their new business up and running as soon as possible.

This week a five ton digger from Portree company Jans began working on the Viewfield Road site and Thomas confirmed that the foundations for the new building have been poured.

On their newly established website the brothers say: “Isle of Skye Gin has been years in the making. It’s become something of a passion. From our family home in Portree, we have created a spirit which we are proud to call our own. Distilling this beautiful craft gin anywhere else but here on Skye was never in question.

“Provenance is everything – that abiding sense of belonging and community. Over time, we have perfected our recipe; a marriage of crystal clear spring waters from the Storr Lochs and the right balance of the finest botanicals.

“It has taken patience and judgement, but some things should not be rushed. We are now ready to share Isle of Skye handcrafted gin with you. It’s a special moment: Batch 1, just 100 individually numbered bottles, each with an identity of its own, will be available early in November ’16”

As previously and exclusively revealed by the Skye Times the new micro distillery is being created on land owned by the family at Hillfoot on Viewfield Road.
The aim for the distillery is to produce, in the first year alone, some 10,000 bottles, which will grow to 25,000 by year three.