The Barra Atlantic Gin is distilled, bottled & labelled right here on the Isle of Barra from the most westerly distillery in the whole of Scotland, right on the edge of the Atlantic.
Created with 17 carefully selected botanical's, it is the Carrageen Seaweed that makes our gin stand out. Each piece of our key botanical is hand-picked from the shores that surround our Island home, creating a bold flavour, rich in maritime notes just as our Island home.
The Carrageen seaweed provides a bold, maritime flavour, with a huge, mentholic lean and a pinch of salty air. Juniper dominates proceedings, we’re pleased to report. It’s dry and rich, flanked by the Carrageen and strong enough to paint the air a rich, herbal green. A spice nip kicks in, but liquorice roots start to weigh the tongue down towards the end of the sip, adding a sweet viscosity that makes us think of salt water taffy. It makes for a great G&T but Martini-heads should definitely make a move for a bottle. Refreshing and clean, with a long, gratifyingly warm spice finish that opens out like the vast vista surrounding our beautifully remote home.
The Carrageen, also known by its scientific name Chondrus Crispus, is a species of red algae native to the cool Atlantic waters skirting Europe’s rocky coastlines, including our beautiful Isle of Barra. Like many of the other seaweed varieties found on the Scottish coast, carrageen is harvested after the spring tides, when the water is furthest from the shore. Once harvested, each piece of Carrageen seaweed is washed through with fresh water and then left outdoors for 5-6 weeks for the wind & sun to dry or ‘bleach’ as it is known on Barra. Once the Carrageen has dried and has changed colour to a light white/purple it is then ready to be used to create our award-winning spirit, the Barra Atlantic Gin.
The Isle of Barra Serve
The key to a perfect serve is a little patience, take your time, enjoy & relax;
Add a dash of ice to a low-ball glass.
Gently squeeze your pink or red grapefruit across the ice, just adding a few drops & no more.
Pour a large measure of our Island Spirit into your glass (50ml)
Add a splash of Walter Gregor’s premium Scottish tonic water & slip your wedge of grapefruit in.
Give a generous stir with a spoon, making the bold flavours & salty notes burst out.
Finally, sit back & enjoy our award winning Barra Atlantic gin as the carrageen rolls across the tongue like the mighty Atlantic surf breaking on the shores that surround the Isle of Barra.