As another busy but successful week here at the Isle of Barra Distillers passes, we reflect on how blessed we are to be kept busy between distilling our Island Spirit to receiving awards. it’s all go for our small team and we couldn't be more grateful.
It’s always a pleasure to put a face to the name and whilst we are aware that you cannot visit our Distillery for the time being, nor can we attend events and shows, we thought it would be a nice opportunity for you to meet our small but mighty team, here at the Isle of Barra Distillers Co.
Today marks a very special day for all the fantastic Fathers/Father figures out there. A day of celebration and appreciation to our nearest and dearest. Happy Father’s Day from the Isle of Barra Distillers!
This wasn’t just any old weekend, Saturday 13th June officially marked World Gin Day. Now if that isn’t a good enough reason to pour yourself a refreshing G&T then I don’t know what is. It is the weekend after all and well a Saturday without Gin should be illegal!
The hot climate, blue skies and blazing sunshine has appeared in Scotland, right on time for us to be able to visit our loved ones safely in the garden at a distance. How perfect is this? Summer has arrived, thankfully!
The Isle of Barra is undoubtedly an island of paradise, from it’s deep blue surrounding sea to its vibrant green land and tropical white sandy beaches, it really does have it all! It’s often hard to believe that our hidden gem of a home is part of Scotland for many people.
We have just had the Spring tide we were waiting for enabling us to take to the rocky shores of Barra to collect our key botanical, Carrageen Seaweed by hand. When the tides are at their lowest, we find our delicate but at times very illusive Carrageen.
We’re doing all we can to send a little bit of Barra to you in the form of our Barra Atlantic Gin. And digitally we’re portraying virtual snippets of Island Life here on the Isle of Barra in the form of photographs and videos throughout our social media platform, just as a little extra for you to enjoy at home.
How are you all keeping? We’re all very well and safe here on the Isle of Barra and whilst lockdown has continued, we realise more and more each day that social distancing and isolating is something we have been doing unknowingly for all our lives on our Island.
Our bottle of Island Spirit makes a fair journey from Scotland’s most westerly Distillery to your home in the UK or Abroad. It’s safe to say our Barra Atlantic Gin is a high flyer and enjoys a cruise of the Western Isles before embarking on its journey across the mainland to reach your home!
The gift that keeps on giving! We have teamed up with The Gin Den and The Gin Judge for a Barra Gin Giveaway! Why not get involved to be in with a chance to win a bottle of our Barra Atlantic Gin, which we’ll send direct to you from our Distillery on the Isle of Barra!
We wish you all a very Happy Easter all the way from the Isle of Barra in Scotland’s most westerly Distillery! Easter is our favourite time of year, it’s always been a guaranteed great weekend celebration catching up with friends, family and of course sharing a few conversations over a dram or two!
Though dining out is not an option for us at the moment, you can still take-out the experience of a meal at Café Kisimul from the comfort of your own home. This week we’d like to talk about the famous Café Kisimul on our Island Home, which is also a small family run business, like ourselves!
We may only be allowed to make essential trips out of the house, stay two meters apart at all times and not see our loved ones as much as we’d like. But let’s stay connected, look at life from a different angle and find the positivity in a negative situation.
The talents to Gin are endless, fitting for every occasion, mood and location. A jack of all trades in our world creating a refreshing, invigorating environment for all tasters. The question is, how do you like yours?
Is anyone else getting a little fed up with the dreadful weather we’ve been experiencing? There’s light at the end of the tunnel as Spring is just around the corner and we cannot wait! It’s almost time to shake off the raincoat and wooly hat and replace it with…well a less insulated wooly hat!
One of the most common questions we are asked is “what is the recommended serve for our Gin?” Each time we share this, people are always intrigued about our choice of Tonic Water. Our favourite and preferred tonic water is of course Walter Gregor’s!
This week we’ve certainly been keeping busy serving an impressive amount of Barra Gin & Tonic’s over the past few days. We expect that sales have risen on red Grapefruit from the amount we have been buying and chopping to accompany our perfect serve!
We wish to share with you, the story of a successful family run business on the Scottish Island of Arran. We’re all about local family run businesses, especially on the Islands as we too are one! Enjoy a read about Crofters’ Music Bar & Bistro!
If you have been or heard of the Isle of Barra before, you’re going to love this. If you haven’t then you're going to want to after reading this week’s journal from all of us here at the Isle of Barra Distillers.
We are push, push, pushing our Barra Atlantic Gin this year into the world of Gin Lovers! We have an array of events, masterclasses, meetings and more set up in order to have our award-winning Gin available and widespread for our customers, existing and new!
We're kick-starting 2020 with storms, cancelled ferries and power-cuts here at the Isle of Barra Distillers. As you may have noticed from our socials, us Islanders do put up with some horrific weather conditions at the best of times. I guess it all adds to the experience of living in the Outer Hebrides!
As we move into the New Year and look forward to an exhilarating 2020, we reflect on our past. The year 2019 has been incredible for all involved at the Isle of Barra Distillers. The many highlights throughout this past year have really made it a milestone for the company. A year showcasing the team’s hard work, ambition and achievement.
The Isle of Barra Distillers was established as recently as 2016 but it’s been a dream of wife and husband team Katie and Michael Morrison for much longer than that and on the 14th of August 2018, it will mark one year since the Barra gin went on sale.
It has been an incredible first five months for the Isle of Barra Distillers, now it’s time to sit down and reflect. Having launched only last August it has been an incredible first five months for everyone connected to the Isle of Barra Distillers.
Situated by the old pier in Northbay sits the church of St Barr.
Before St Barr's church was completed in 1906, the parishioners at the north end of the island attended St Brendan's church in Craigston. However it was a massive relief for them to finally get their own parish for worship but were still served by the parish priest at Craigston.
The Isle of Barra Distillers are delighted to be working with the good people at Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or. this April and look forward to offering guests the quality Barra Gin as their feature gin of the month.