THE Island of Barra is rich in unique natural minerals and botanicals, directly contributing to the taste and flavours of Isle of Barra Distillers’ inaugural and now award winning spirit, Barra Atlantic Gin.
Following this success, the next planned expansion for Isle of Barra Distillers will be the construction of a new purpose built whisky and gin distillery as well as a Visitor Centre on the Isle of Barra. Committed to building strong ties to the island community, the new distillery is expected to bring at least 40 jobs to the island and generate tourism both locally and further afield.
The Isle of Barra Distillers has chosen to open up investment opportunities and an exclusive IOBD Membership is available, in which whisky enthusiasts around the world can join the Isle of Barra Distillers family by purchasing a membership for £500.00 or separately, investing in the company.
The estimated cost of the new build is £6m. Once built, it is planned that the whisky distillery will produce 200,000 LPA per year (Litres Pure Alcohol), with expectations that production could double with the addition of an increased workforce.
The new distillery will house a one-tonne single malt installation and re-home the existing 300 litre gin still. Along with the production facilities to produce over 500,000 bottles of single malt, the distillery will also include a visitor centre incorporating a retail area, information centre, and café/bar area. All of these will welcome local residents as well as tourists.
Michael Morrison, founded of Isle of Barra Distillers, said: “We are honoured to have a team 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. This truly is such an exciting time for our family distillery and also for the Island of Barra.”
After years of working towards this goal and many months of planning, the aim is to begin work before the spring of 2022, with the doors opening to the new distillery by March 2024.