Isle of barra single malt scotch whisky®️
The Isle of Barra Distillers Ltd story begins only as far back as 2016. Born from a desire to move home to the Outer Hebrides in the far North West of Scotland, and build something that will evoke the community spirit, our founders Katie and Michael Morrison started developing the plans for a Gin and Whisky Distillery.
A WHISKY WORTHY OF THE LAND AND OUR HOME.
An opportunity exists to invest in our next planned expansion to the Isle of Barra Distillers, our new purpose built Whisky and Gin Distillery and Visitor Centre right here on the Isle of Barra. Committed to building strong ties to the island community, our new distillery is expected to bring at least 30 jobs on the island and generate tourism both locally and further afield.
The estimated cost of the build is £5m, including Architects' fees, which is expected to generate whisky sales of at least £29.8m within the first 10 years. Once built, it is planned that the whisky distillery will produce a minimum of 100,000 LPA per year (Litres Pure Alcohol) with an estimate of 800 casks (each 200 litres) filled, with expectations that production could double with the addition an increased workforce.
Our distillery will house a one-tonne single malt installation and re-home our existing 300 litre gin still “Ada” with all necessary plans for bottling and bonded warehousing.
Along with the production facilities to produce over 300,000 bottles of single malt, our distillery will also include a visitor centre incorporating a retail area, information centre, café/bar area that will welcome families into our unique distillery story. We believe this is key to building a community environment welcoming both local residents as well as tourists. It is important to us that the local community are supportive of our venture, so that they too can join us on our journey.
Alan advises the team with 43 years’ service to the industry behind him, working for some of the most famous whisky distilleries in the world, he has continually pushed the boundaries within the industry. Alan has a Fellowship from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in Scotland and leads unique and immersive tastings at each year’s Spirit of Speyside Festival.
For our customers to have the knowledge that they will be investing in a cask that has been made with the guidance from Alan, is a huge bonus. For investors, they have the knowledge that the company has someone of this calibre guiding us through the early stages, to teach us how to create a whisky worthy of the land and our home.
We are honoured to have someone with so much respect within the industry to help guide us through the process of making a truly remarkable single malt right here on the Isle of Barra.
Dr ALAN RUTHERFORD OBE
.Dr Rutherford is part of our team and assists in an advisory role , has a First Class Honours BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He is
both a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Engineer.
He began his career in the drinks industry with Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in 1966 as a brewer at
Tyne Brewery, moving into Scotch Whisky in 1975 with Charles Mackinlay & Co Ltd who then operated
the Glenallachie and Isle of Jura distilleries.
The current distillery on Jura was designed and rebuilt by him in 1978/79. He joined the Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL) as Head of Research and Development at Glenochil in 1984, moving to Director of Packaging in 1986 and then to Managing Director of Scottish Malt and Grain Distillers in 1988. In 1989 he was appointed Scotch Whisky Production Director of United Distillers (later Diageo) and held this role throughout the1990s. In this role he was responsible for maltings, malt and grain distilleries, casks and cooperages, maturation warehouses, blending, bottling and logistics, research and development, engineers and coppersmiths.
He is currently Chairman of Compass Box Whisky Co. and was Chairman of The Lake Distillery Co. for 8 years from its founding in 2012 Alan is retained as a consultant by a number of whisky companies and by several major banks for the valuation of clients' whisky stocks, brands and fixed assets. He is an advisor to Ilen River Partners (based in Cork), a provider of capital to the Irish whiskey industry through the Irish Whiskey Growth Fund.
THE BUILD TEAM
Forsyth’s is one of the world leaders in the supply of distillation equipment. To this day they still employ the hand hammering techniques of their forefathers to form copper into beautifully shaped pot stills. Technology has helped them along the way, but the art and craft of their skilled coppersmiths remain vital to the production of our equipment.
Originally only operating in the whisky industry of Speyside, Forsyth's is now recognised on a worldwide basis. Many spirit-based drinks around the globe owe their unique but consistent characters to our knowhow.
Our chosen architects for this project Denham/Benn have established themselves within the distillery sector following the successful completion of the new Lagg Distillery on Arran. Since then, the practice has earned a growing reputation for their innovative approach and inherent understanding of the client brief. Their ability to produce sensitive contemporary design is coupled with invaluable experience with island-based projects.
INVESTING IN THE ISLE OF BARRA WHISKY DISTILLERY
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ISLE OF BARRA WHISKY
Our home, our community
Our goal is to open the Isle of Barra Whisky Distillers Foundation for the sole purpose of giving back to the Island of Barra.
Each year we will look to donate 1% of the total net profits back into the local community. We will present our shareholders with different needs that have been put forward and a vote will take place for the project(s) most needed for the Island, this could be anything from a new play park for the youth or a facility for the elderly.
Our long term goal is by year 13 or once our 10YO malt is released, we will be in a position to help build six affordable homes for the foundation to sell at cost price to young families to help ease the housing issue on the Island of Barra.
The Investment and the Investor(s)
The Directors of Isle of Barra Distillers formed a new company: “Isle of Barra Whisky Distillers Ltd” in February 2021. It is envisaged that this will be the vehicle that builds and ultimately owns the new distillery, visitor centre, café/bar and purchases the additional plant and machinery required for the Whisky production. The initial investment required will be £5m with the build commencing once planning has been agreed, with an expected opening date of Spring 2023.
The ideal investor(s) will understand the desire of the Directors to build a lasting legacy for the island and the future generations and be sympathetic to the current challenges facing the island’s economy, environment and eco-system. The build will be unique, providing the Isle of Barra with a single malt Whisky Distillery, generating new, sustainable jobs for those working directly with the business but also benefit the wider community, both on the Isle of Barra and across the Western Isles.
Our single malt will be one that has our island home in its core. Distilled on the edge of the Atlantic and matured with the salt in the air, our Barra single malt will capture the essence of our unique home in each bottle.
The timing of the investment coincides with the recently announced enhanced super deduction capital allowances of 130% on qualifying plant and machinery, for the 2 years ending 31st March 2023 and 3% capital allowances on the qualifying building.
The facility is expected to create at least 30 new jobs within the fragile Island community of Barra