Abhainn Dearg distillery

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Abhainn Dearg Distillery
Region: Island
LocationUig, Isle of Lewis
Coordinates58°10′15″N 7°02′41″W / 58.17083°N 7.04472°W / 58.17083; -7.04472Coordinates: 58°10′15″N 7°02′41″W / 58.17083°N 7.04472°W / 58.17083; -7.04472
Founded2008 [1]
Abhainn Dearg
TypeSingle malt, Scotch
Age(s)newmake spirit, 3 years
Cask type(s)American White Oak, Ex-Bourbon Casks (Main) Ex Sherry Casks
ABV46%, 56%, 58%

Abhainn Dearg (/ˈævɪn ˈɛərɡ/ AV-in JAIRG) or Red River Distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery in Uig, on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.[2] It is the most westerly distillery in Scotland. The name is Scottish Gaelic for "Red River" which itself takes its name from a bloody skirmish in the dark ages when local people won a battle against Viking marauders.[2]


Under the ownership of Mark Tayburn, the distillery commenced production in September 2008.[2] The distillery was built in a former salmon hatchery (and some of the pens are still in use producing fish).[2] The still house is a new building and incorporates titled still heads in an unusual design modelled on former illicit stills in the area[2] The distillery uses water from nearby Loch Raonasgail via the Abhainn Dearg.[2]

The first whisky was released in 2011 and was named the "Spirit of Lewis".[2]


The distillery in 2022
  • Spirit of Lewis [3]

A 40% abv new make spirit aged for a few months on sherry oak casks.

  • Spirit of Lewis Cask Strength for The Whisky Barrel [4]

Matured in Sherry hogshead cask for three months and bottled at natural strength 56%.

  • Abhainn Dearg Single Malt Special Edition[5]

Matured in Bourbon casks and bottled at 46% with just 3 years old. A limited edition inaugural release of 2,011 bottles.

  • Abhainn Dearg 3 Year Old Single Malt Cask Strength for The Whisky Barrel [6]

Miniature bottling of the 3 year old Scotch matured in a Bourbon barrel and bottled at natural strength 58%.

  • Abhainn Dearg 10 Year Old Single Malt[7]

Matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV it is the oldest whisky to be produced by a legal distillery in the Outer Hebrides.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Abhainn Dearg Distillery". 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Maclean, Charles (2016). Whiskypedia. A Gazetteer of Scotch Whisky. Edinburgh: Birlinn. p. 59-60. ISBN 978-1-78027-401-0.
  3. ^ "Spirit of Lewis at A Wardrobe of Whisky".
  4. ^ "Abhainn Dearg Distillery Warehouse Tasting". 7 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Abhainn Dearg Single Malt at A Wardrobe of Whisky".
  6. ^ "Exclusive Abhainn Dearg Cask Strength Scotch". 7 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Scottish distilleries - Abhainn Dearg".

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