Abhainn Dearg


  • Founded: 2007
  • Status: Operational
  • Region: Island, Scotland – Carnish, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9EX +44 (0)1851 672429
  • Online: http://abhainndearg.co.uk/

History Abhainn Dearg is the most Westerly of the Scottish distilleries and can be found in Uig, on the west coast of the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, the Outer Hebrides. Abhainn Dearg, (pronounced Aveen Jarræk) or Red River Distillery is a very new distillery in an ancient landscape. The spirit we produce today might be new to the market, but the philosophy and history of our distilling goes back hundreds of years.  At Abhainn Dearg that age old experience has been garnered for the knowledge of distilling fine whisky never left our shores,  it’s just taken till now to re-claim our heritage and produce a true Outer Hebridean Whisky for the rest of the world to enjoy.

In 2010, for the first time in almost 170 years Abhainn Dearg New Spirit, The Spirit of Lewis, left our shores.  In 2011 we launched a limited edition of three year old single malt.  This was the first legal single malt produced not only by Abhainn Dearg Distillery, but from the Outer Hebrides! The waiting isn’t over, we have passed our third year and produced a limited edition, but now we wait to 2018 for our tenth birthday and when we will really be ready to go to market!

The Whiskyphiles tasting notes

Official Bottling
  • abhainn-dearg-cask-strength-miniature Abhainn Dearg 3 Years Old 2008 Cask Strength (2018) - Abhainn Dearg Cask Strength Whisky Review: Quite rough and ready this one. Young, spirity, and exuberant but not quite tamed by wood. Reduced it still revealed some odd flavours and tendencies, this really reminded me of agave spirit or mezcal rather than whisky. 66/100