First Isle of Skye vodka launches in UK

Isle of Skye Distillers has released what is thought to be the first vodka produced on the Scottish island, called Misty Isle Vodka.

The new expression is triple distilled in small batches and made with waters drawn from the Storr Lochs, located three miles from the Portree-based distillery. Bottled at 40% abv, Misty Isle Vodka is described as having a “light, refreshing taste”. The design of the bottle is inspired by the landscape of the Cuillin Mountains. The new vodka joins the Isle of Skye Distillers range, which includes Misty Isle Gin, Tommy’s Gin and Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin. Alistair Wilson, managing director at Isle of Skye Distillers, said: “It has been our ambition to create Skye’s very first vodka since we founded the distillery almost three years ago, and we’re delighted to announce its release. “While gin is our signature product, the launch of Misty Isle Vodka helps show not only how diverse our small-batch distillery can be, but also the quality of the spirits which can be created with local botanicals harvested in Skye. "Our distillation and filtering process makes Misty Isle Vodka less harsh than many traditional vodkas – it’s smooth enough to sip neat. “As with our Misty Isle Gin, provenance is everything to us. Every part of the production process for Misty Isle Vodka, from distilling right through to bottling and labelling, takes place in Portree.” Misty Isle Vodka is priced at £30 (US$38.50) and available to buy from the Isle of Skye Distillers shop in Portree. It will be available to buy online soon. In August this year, Isle of Skye Distillers opened a gin school in Portree – thought to be the first of its kind on the Scottish island.