NATURAL ISLAND INGREDIENTS
From harvesting the best island grown bere barley to drawing fresh loch water and natural botanicals our Hebridean home is full of inspiration and ingredients.
COMING (NOT) SOON
When it comes to special spirits, quality takes time. That’s why we’re proud to say that while our flagship single malt whisky range is still to be brought to life it will definitely be worth the wait. Be amongst the first to know when our whisky journey begins by signing up to our Island Updates.
LEGAL (AT LAST)
When it comes to Whisky, the Uibhistich (Gaelic for Uist folk) are no strangers to a single malt. Surprisingly though, our distillery will be the first ever on the island, well legal one that is. Stories and songs passed through the generations tell of illicit stills supplying whisky for crofters, fishermen and other island friends to enjoy a dram or two a after a hard days work. So while distilling is certainly not a new thing on our island, the legal part is!
THE ISLAND CALLS
A family business at heart, North Uist Distillery Co. was founded by Kate & Jonny, North Uist natives who, having sampled life on the mainland, found themselves being called back to their island home.
With a distilling and brewing background, the time felt right for Jonny to strike out and make a living for himself as a master distiller on his island home. His family have long been an integral part of the island's fishing community, and while Jonny searched for adventure away from home, he was called back by the ultimate dream of starting his very own distillery and adding a new chapter to his family’s history with the island.
An island native, Gaelic speaker Kate’s links with North Uist run deep. Many generations of her family were crofters on the island, and she’s proud to be able to promote a new generation of crofting - providing people with a reason to grow the island’s trademark organic bere barley. Passionate about making things happen, this creative couple are proudly building a thriving new business on their home island - creating a world class single malt on the Outer Hebridean Isle of North Uist.
A NEW DISTILLERY
Located on part of the historic ‘Illeray Common Grazing’ land, it is with the blessing of twelve island crofters that we are creating North Uist's first ever distillery. When complete, our new home will house a shop and visitor centre for our very welcome guests to join us for an island dram whilst sitting by a peat fire. Until that time, we’re still distilling on the island from our temporary distillery space - with everything we need to bring our Downpour Gin to life.