We (Thomas and Alistair Wilson) were 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 brothers 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 retained 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 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!