Owners and operators of the Abhainn Dearg Distillery on the Isle of Lewis
The first single malt whisky from a distillery in the Outer Hebrides since 1829.
Abhainn Dearg Distillery (pronounced Aveen Jarræk), or Red River in English, is located in Uig on the Outer Hebridean Isle of Lewis. The distillery was founded by Mark Tayburn (Marko) and is the first legal whisky distillery in the Outer Hebrides in almost two hundred years.
Established in 2008 the first spirit to leave the island was in 2010 when two small casks of new spirit were sold. One went to Germany where it toured the whisky fairs with importers Alba Import. The second stayed a little closer to home, going to McSorleys Bar in Glasgow. Later a special signed bottling of new spirit called, The Spirit of Lewis, was offered and was quickly sold out.
The first Abhainn Dearg Single Malt was released in 2011, a three year old special release. Available online, bottles soon were winging their way around the world and the feedback was wonderful. No further bottling will be available till 2018 when the first spirit laid down will be a mature ten year old single malt whisky.
In the six years since the distillery was founded it has achieved Marko’s goal to produce a whisky, from fields (of barley) to bottle, within the Outer Hebrides. It has also made history and changed the whisky world forever.
Come and have a look around our website and read our story, it’s inspirational for those who are up for a challenge.