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Islay produces its first gin

Published:  19 August, 2010

The Hebridean island of Islay has turned its hand from the production of peaty whiskies to distill its first gin.

Bruichladdich distillery, more famous for Islay single malts, has produced a gin flavoured by 31 different botanicals, 22 of which were harvested on the island.

"Our aim was to produce a genuine artisanal Islay gin - not simply a re-badged, centrally-produced spirit.

"This has genuine Islay provenance, real authenticity - even historical precedence," said master distiller Jim McEwan.

A Lomond still named Ugly Betty was specially adapted and brought back into use for the first time in 30 years to distill the gin.

The distillery has initially produced 2,500 cases which will be available from the end of September at a retail price of  around £28.