Harris’ first commercial distillery that operates with the local community at its heart.
Isle of Harris Distillers Profile
Isle of Harris Distillers is headquartered at the eponymous distillery in Tarbert on the Hebridean island. Led by ex-Glenmorangie director Simon Erlanger, the board also features founder and chairman Anderson Bakewell, former Whyte & Mackay CFO Ron MacEachran, and former Macallan managing director, Willie Phillips.
Isle of Harris Distillers History
Musicologist Anderson Bakewell incorporated Isle of Harris Distillers in 2007 with a view to building Harris’ first commercial distillery. Its purpose is to provide economic regeneration for the fragile local community. Former Glenmorangie sales and marketing director Simon Erlanger came on board as managing director designate in 2011, along with former Whyte & Mackay CFO Ron MacEachran to assist Bakewell in drumming up financial support from private investors.
A breakthrough came in 2012 when the company was awarded a £1.9m public grant from the Scottish government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) scheme. Soon after further public grants and private investment from around the world secured Isle of Harris with the capital it needed to build a distillery in the town of Tarbert.
Isle of Harris distillery officially opened in September 2015. A few weeks later the distillery launched its first product, Harris Gin.