Abhainn Dearg Distillery, Isle of Lewis

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  • Producing only 3 years, we tried samples of bottle (40% alcohol) and cask strength (56% alcohol) product. One can see everything in less than half an hour in this small scale distillery. It was put to...  more »
  • What a great place to visit, if you've ever been to a commercial distillery this is the opposite. They don't ship their peated barley in. They make it themselves on a traditional floor. Great tour and...  more »
  • I have done the usual tours of big distilleries in the past and this time didn't want to go to Talisker with a bus load of tourists. Found this tiny one and was keen to visit. This reminded me of the ...  more »
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  • The newest distillery in Outer Hebrides. Opened in 2008 by a local man. This year they are due to produce their first 10 year old malt. A big event. August would be the time it’s ready. I’m not a whiskey drinker usually, but I tried theirs, it’s soft, smells of toffee and tastes of gentle flowers and smooth very subtle smoke. It was very good. We visited to buy whiskey as gifts for work colleagues, but came away thoroughly rewarded. To find it, drive until you see two large Uig Chessmen, if you don’t know what they are, another reason to visit Uig. Walk up the track and go to to the left into the yard and the reception is easy to find. We were met by Butt the cat, when you meet him, you can see why he’s called that, he was sitting on a bar stool soaking up the sun. He’s very friendly. A local woman, Laura i think, apologies if wrong, was our guide. She showed us where the locally grown barley is smoked using island peat, how it’s milled and crushed and then the distillation process. The bonded warehouse was a bit of a labyrinth of sherry and bourbon oak casks with coloured faces. It all makes sense to to staff. You can are offered a whiskey and spirit to try. Spirit is distilled alcohol which isn’t three years and day old. To me it looks darker and tastes slightly more raw and intense. You can buy either. They only make 8/10000 litres a year, and it’s not available to buy off the island except online. It’s a wonderful location, superb locally produced product with very warm and friendly staff. And Butt the cat. Go and visit.
  • While the setting and tasting were nice, the rest of the tour we did was terrible. Almost no real information apart from what you can read in a travel guide and very short. Definitely not worth the 5 pounds. The staff was very friendly and helpful + the whiskey is good, though.
  • The reason I like this place, besides that it makes Whisky (not whiskey 😜) is that when you visit you will see the rough and ready of making the water of life. No snazzy visitors centre, although it is very comfortable. You will walk through puddles between buildings and if you are in a big group you will feel crammed in the barrel store. This adds to the charm. This is best visited as a personal experience as the guide will talk to YOU, although I would imagine a larger group will benefit just as well. Amazing place, amazing setting!!! And a couple of drams at the end 👍🥃
  • Great staff! Great single malt!
  • Awesome - best distillery tour I have ever had; Laura was very informative and the tasting was awesome - thank you. Glad we made the effort to visit you from the Orkneys! It was a pleasure to meet Marko whose brilliance to identify the business opportunity and determination to make it happen are inspiring. You deserve the admiration and support of the islanders
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