THE WILSON BROTHERS
We (Thomas and Alistair Wilson) were born and raised on Skye, a place we are both passionate and enthusiastic about promoting to a wider audience. It was over three years ago that we hatched plans to give up our ‘day job’s and dreamed of creating the first gin distillery on the Isle of Skye. After securing planning permission to purpose build the distillery and thus fulfilling our dream, the hard work really began. The Wilson bothers set out and created something unique!
Alistair, the youngest brother has a background in the hospitality industry and has been a manager in various bars and restaurants across Glasgow. So, he is very used to customer and taste expectations. Thomas, the older and ‘wiser brother’ (well that’s his saying!) has been a local builder and has worked for the Highland and Islands Council, he served in the parachute regiment and is still very active as a volunteer fireman in the local rural area. A great combination of customer and organisational skills!
In creating Misty Isle gin, we took inspiration from the local landscape, the Old man of Storr, and the Cullin mountain range in particular. With lots of dedication, burning the midnight oil, weeks foraging local juniper berries -often in the rain- we finally launched Misty Isle gin in early February 2017, to great applause. All of our gin is made locally in Portree using the crystal clear spring waters from the Storr Loch just over a mile or so from the distillery. We first launched as Isle of Skye gin and are still the first stills producing gin on Skye!
PROVENANCE IS EVERYTHING
Proud of our unique bottle, label and branding designs, the bottle shape represents the elements on the Isle of Skye, our mountainous landscape and turbulent seas. The label design is an accurate representation of the Cuillin Mountains and has multiple finishes including a copper foiling that is a nod to our copper gin stills. Each bottle is batch numbered and signed by either Alistair or Thomas Wilson. Did you know that each bottle of Misty Isle gin is unique and different? When our bottle is made, the process of creating our twisted top means it picks up a slightly different shape and imperfection when the glass cools.
There are two gin stills in production at the moment and a further two are in the process of being installed. The Isle of Skye Distillers is 100% independent and is entirely funded by the Wilson Brothers. At the moment the distillery is not open to the general public but the brothers are planning for a small visitor centre for 2018.
WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING OUR GIN SCHOOL, WHICH WILL BE IN OUR NEW SHOP ON BAYFIELD ROAD, PORTREE