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North Uist Distillery is back in the industry limelight with three medal wins in the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards.

Their Downpour Scottish Dry Gin picked up a coveted two-star award, while Downpour Sloe and Bramble Cask Aged Gin and Downpour Oak Aged Negroni were both awarded one star.

The judges described their flagship Downpour gin as "exceptionally well-balanced," with a "wonderfully insistent aroma." 

They added: "The palate is terrific, bright and richly layered."

The judging panel were also impressed with the sloe and bramble gin, hailing it as a "complex and characterful drink, nicely balanced, pleasingly tart, and surprisingly effective."

They continued that the gin was "well considered and well-crafted with the casked gin working a treat."

Downpour Oak Aged Negroni, also awarded one star, was said to have "well-controlled bitters, a lovely earthiness on the nose, with a subtle hint of vanilla followed by a leafy smoky finish."

Meanwhile, the Nunton-based distillery has revealed it has recently placed an order for distillery equipment to make whisky.

The distillery has been growing bere barley in North Uist in anticipation of going into production with Nunton Whisky.

The family-owned distillery is working with Allen Associates, industry leaders in distillery process engineering, to get the new whisky stills installed.