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“A Wee Drop”

Abhainn Dearg Distillery
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South East UK
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47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A Wee Drop”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Not too easy to find, we thought we had missed the distillery until we saw the blue painted casks that mark the car park.

Ian welcomed us and entertained us with tales of the rebirth of whisky in Lewis. The distillery was not what we expected - not quite a Bowmore or Oban or Highland Park - but a really friendly and interesting experience and chatting to Ian was great too. A very interesting guy. The whisky has a way to go to match the best of Islay or Speyside but it is great to have the chance to support a new distillery and the only legal one in the Outer Hebrides! I look forward to getting a bottle of the 10 year old to go with the 3 year old I bought in Uig!

Visited May 2013
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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“You have to visit”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Holidaying on Lewis at the moment, I'd been told about Abhainn Dearg by a work colleague who lives on the island. Being a whisky lover, I had to visit and I was not disappointed. Warmly greeted by Eilidh we were shown around the process, she was very knowledgeable and her talk informative. We then tried samples of their produce and although young, the whisky shows great promise. The Spirit of Lewis (under 3 years old so technically not whisky) was lovely and I've just bought a bottle online from their website. Whilst there I bought a bottle of the whisky and was served by Marco, really nice hospitable guy with good craic and also knowledgeable. All in all we were made to feel really welcome and had a really nice experience. Recommended.

Visited July 2013
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Drove all the way from Harris to sample the delights of this place, but despite arriving during the usual opening times, on a Thursday, there was no one there and it appeared closed. real shame. It is quite hard to find - look out for the Lewismen chess pieces. Having been there - try the Uig community tearooms.

Visited May 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Well Worth the drive!”
Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

Well worth a drive - it's past Uig sands, have uploaded a picture of the sign to help others find it! (In all fairness to previous reports, it stands on its own and with sat nav it is easy to find!) very interesting and kind guide (presume owner!) whisky has great promise! We were offered a sample of each and will be very interested to go back there in a couple of years to see how he has progressed! At present another storage warehouse is being built, we bought a bottle to keep. Good luck and thank you! P.s. worth following the road past the distillery from Uig for stunning coastal scenery :)

Visited April 2013
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Bathurst, Canada
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118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Well worth the journey!”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

We knew about this distillery, and decided to make the trip whilst we were in Lewis.

It is carefully disguised as an old fish plant, and the journey off the main road seemed to take ages, and we had to ask the way twice, but on the way back it was much shorter! Thanks to Marko, the founder of the distillery, it was an extremely interesting visit. The output is obviously still very small, but we had a "dram" of each of the whiskies and bought a bottle of each! For such a young whisky it is remarkably smooth, and already closely resembles an Islay malt.

Very interesting and entertaining, and highly recommended as a visit.

Visited October 2012
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