Isle of Skye Distillers launches gin school

28th August, 2018 by Nicola Carruthers

Isle of Skye Distillers has opened a gin school in Portree, Skye – thought to be the first of its kind on the Scottish island.

L-R: Brothers Alistair and Thomas Wilson founded Isle of Skye Distillers in 2016

The gin school will feature six mini stills and can accommodate groups of up to 12 people. It will be based at the distiller’s site on Viewfield Road, Portree.

Brothers Alistair and Thomas Wilson, who co-founded the distillery in early 2016, will lead the three-hour sessions.

The class will begin with an introduction to the distillery and the importance that locality plays in the distillation process. Gin enthusiasts will be able to create their own gin recipe, bottle the expression and print a customised label.

Alistair Wilson, managing director at Isle of Skye Distillers, said: “We’re delighted to launch the Isle of Skye Distillers’ Gin School, which marks the beginning of an exciting new visitor experience for gin enthusiasts here on Skye.

“Provenance is everything to us; it’s at the heart of everything we do. From the water we use in distilling, to our locally foraged juniper berries, we’re proud to craft, bottle and label our Misty Isle Gin right here in Portree.

“There really is a gin for everyone, and while our tried-and-tested recipe is a firm favourite, we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our Gin School to help them develop their own gin bottlings to enjoy at home.”

Sessions at Isle of Skye Distillers’ Gin School are priced at £85 per still; each still can be operated by up to two people. The cost includes all tuition, along with a 50cl bottle of personalised gin per person.

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