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 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.
Every drop of our Island spirit is distilled, bottled and labelled right here on Barra. Sitting on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, we’re proud to say we are our island’s first distillery and also Scotland’s most westerly. The marriage between our island home and the expansive sea that surrounds Barra’s rugged coastline is hidden in every bottle of Barra Atlantic Gin.
Barra makes you feel alive, it makes you feel free. The wild winds matched with the calm, tranquil days; the bright, gentle summer nights contrasted with the short, foreboding daylight hours of winter. These are the elements that inspire the Isle of Barra Distillers Co., our Island’s first distillery. Above everything else that we can achieve from this journey, it is the thought of giving something back to our beautiful home that drives us forward.
We feel we owe it to the island and its people; we have the opportunity to do, and are doing, something great. Our goal is to capture and bottle the essence of this truly unique island so it can be shared between friends and family everywhere.
With many goals already set for the future, it is the people living here on Barra who are at the forefront of what we are trying to achieve. With the creation of the Isle of Barra Distillers Co., we are helping our fragile island economy. Through your support and our continuous work, we will add more employment opportunities, and fresh belief for the island youth that you can stay here and build a family, creating a sustainable future with Barra as your home.
Thank you to everyone that has supported us throughout by purchasing a bottle of our Barra Atlantic Gin. We are incredibly grateful for the support shown to us and are delighted to continue distilling on the edge!