A spirits producer on the Isle of Skye has announced the launch of a brand new gin school. 

Isle of Skye Distillers, which produces Misty Isle Gin and Tommy’s Gin, is set to open its doors to visitors from Monday 27 August.

The first experience of its kind on the island, the Portree-based gin school will feature six mini stills, accommodating groups of up to 12 gin enthusiasts to learn the art of craft gin distillation first-hand.

Groups will meet in the Isle of Skye Distillers’ shop for a three-hour session led by brothers Alistair and Thomas Wilson (pictured below), who founded the distillery in early 2016.

The class begins with an introduction to the company and the importance that the local environment plays in the distillation process; Misty Isle Gin is one of few
Scottish gins to be crafted with locally foraged juniper berries, rather than relying solely on imported juniper.

The students will then assemble and run their personal still, before progressing
to learn the science behind gin distillation and the subtle flavour variations created by different combinations of botanicals.

Those in attendance will work with Thomas and Alistair to create a bespoke gin recipe according to their personal tastes, before graduating to bottling their gin and printing a customised label.

The students will then assemble and run their personal still. Picture: Isle of Skye Distillers

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 of which can be operated by up to two people.

The Gin School experience includes all tuition, along with a 50cl bottle of personalised gin per person.

• Bookings for the new gin school can be made at:
www.isleofskyedistillers.com/gin-school

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Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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