The Isle of Barra Distillers company today (Wednesday May 15th) announced that the first island distilled Barra Atlantic Gin is due on sale soon, with £1 from every bottle supporting an important charity.
 
An announcement is expected tomorrow on the launch date of the first batch of gin entirely distilled on the Isle of Barra, and the nominated charity being supported by the company is MND Scotland, supporting people affected by the neurological condition Motor Neurone Disease.
The company described this as ‘an extremely exciting time’, following news last week (Wednesday 8th May) that they have been granted a full distilling licence and permission to open bonded warehouse facilities on the island.
 
In a statement released then, a spokesman described the licence as: “A huge step forward for everyone involved, especially when original plan for this milestone was to be near the end of 2020 – a testament to the hard work and dedication that has been put in over the short two years since the company embarked on this journey.”
 
Work to install the first ‘mini-still’ is under way, while the main 300-litre still has been commissioned from specialist manufacturers Forsyths. The arrival of new bottling equipment means that the company can soon begin to test-run the first ever Barra-distilled spirit.
 
Katie Morrison, co-owner of Isle of Barra Distillers, said: “What can we say? The team and everyone involved has worked so hard for this day to come and we are so very grateful for everyone that has helped along the way. Although it marks the beginning of a new chapter, we can’t forget everything we have achieved over the past two years that has led us to this point. We really can’t express how big this is and how much of an impact it will have not only on the Isle of Barra Distillers but also the Isle of Barra itself. Yes, this is an important step forward, but rest assured we’re now looking at the next chapter, whisky!”
 
The picture shows gin and tonic, Barra style (Isle of Barra Distillers Co.)