Remote Abhainn Dearg Distillery Releases Its 10 Year Scotch Single Malt - The Whiskey Wash

Remote Abhainn Dearg Distillery Releases Its 10 Year Scotch Single Malt

By Nino Marchetti / January 3, 2019

There are perhaps few Scottish distilleries more remote then Abhainn Dearg. Located in Uig on the Outer Hebridean Isle of Lewis off the northwest coast of Scotland, it was founded back in 2008 as the first legal whisky distillery in this region in almost 200 years. Now, roughly 10 years after its founding, owner and distiller Mark Tayburn has unveiled his first decade old single malt whisky.

Abhainn Dearg X Single Malt

Abhainn Dearg X Single Malt (image via Abhainn Dearg)

The new Abhainn Dearg X Single Malt, according to those behind it, is not the first Scotch released from here, but for Tayburn it is the ultimate representation to date of what he has sought to do since opening his distillery’s doors. Here specifically are the things he’s done to create this unique bottling:

  • We sow and grow our own barley at Goathill Farm, Melbost, near Stornoway.
  • Harvest it using our own elderly combine harvester.
  • Malting by peat fire at the distillery, turning the grain by hand.
  • We even have our own peat banks.
  • We use our specially designed stills, based on old illicit island stills.
  • We even hand filter and fill every bottle by hand.

As you can see from this, Tayburn has had a very hands on approach with this whisky since the beginning. “We are passionate about our whisky and our distillery and hope you enjoy savouring it as much as we have enjoyed creating it,” said Tayburn in a prepared statement.

Plans call for this 46% ABV whisky to price at £79, or close to $100 USD.  There was no immediate mention of tasting notes, and for the moment the bottling is just for sale through the distillery itself.

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Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.