Whisky is booming. New distilleries are sprouting like mushrooms, and even old favourites are set to reopen. With the amount of distilleries numbering in the hundreds, you can’t blame whisky makers for trying to stand out from the pack. Therefore, distillers need to sell a story as much as they sell whisky. A remote location, a pure water source or traditional production methods all help to tell this story, so it features prominently on websites and packaging, whether justified or not. But if there is one company that could truly lay claim to the mantle of Scotland’s most artisanal distillery, it would be Abhainn Dearg on the Isle of Lewis.
You’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Abhainn Dearg before. In fact, that’s sort of the point. Because Abhainn Dearg owner Mark (Marko) Tayburn has no intention of reaching a global audience. Instead, the aim is to craft a quality single malt for those who truly appreciate the uniqueness of Abhainn Dearg and its philosophy.Continue reading