When we brought Isle of Harris Gin into being back in late 2015, the world was a very different place in more ways than one.
Over the years, we’ve been at pains to sell directly to our customers to ensure we create strong connections so that they can join us on our journey.
As demand for our gin has grown, we’ve introduced a Click & Collect service, a first for the drinks industry, and allowed people to order online but pick up a bottle straight away in-store from one of our dispensary partners.
This extra accessibility has helped our enterprise go from strength to strength, and contributed to the creation of a whole host of new jobs for local people here in Harris.
Slowly but surely, we have spread the word about our island spirit without compromise, sharing our story every bit of the way and ensuring people always felt part of our purpose-driven endeavours.
The Click & Collect service has been a brilliant way to bring our bottles to gin lovers across the UK, but we’ve recently been straining under the administration and organisation it requires to maintain it all.
So, after much discussion and planning, we feel it’s time to move on.
We are now ready to take the next carefully considered step forward as we transform over 100 independent Click & Collect partners into Official Isle of Harris Gin stockists.
As of Saturday 29th of January, these partners will now be able to sell Isle of Harris Gin directly to you, off the shelf or across the counter, without any need to buy through our online store.
We will continue to sell Isle of Harris Gin online, of course, and our gift sets, glassware, tinctures, and other good things will remain exclusive to our distillery shops.
But, if you need to buy a bottle, you can now simply pop into our approved partners' shops and purchase and pay for what you need right there and then.
We owe a huge thank you to all these outstanding small businesses who have shown such enthusiasm for our work and bent over backwards to be ambassadors for our brand.
We know they will continue to do so.
Look out for our new Official Stockist stickers in more specialist store windows as the year rolls on. But, rest assured, we have absolutely no intention of being on every shop shelf or supermarket, either.
Isle of Harris Gin will always be special and may require a little extra effort to find.
Finally, keep an eye out for a special Get One Step Closer QR codes when you buy offline. We’ll be making every effort to create even more connections as we get one step closer to gin lovers like you, far and wide.