North Uist's first ever gin was released on Thursday 25 April with the launch of a brand-new product, named Downpour.

The spirit is characterised by turning cloudy in the glass, the result of a 'downpour' of essential oils.

The gin is the first release from the island's only legal distillery, North Uist Distillery.  

Run by Jonny Ingledew and Kate MacDonald, the distillery was set up in 2017 and operates out of a small boutique space on the west coast of the island.  

Master Distiller, Jonny, describes the new gin: "Downpour has a bold flavour and packs a delicious punch – all of the flavour from the essential oils we use, including the resulting flavour cloud, has been retained. The flavour is bold in taste, but the gin is still a classic juniper Scottish dry gin. There is no mistake that it's a gin and we are very proud of that."

Jonny adds: "We are currently distilling from a small set up on North Uist, but our sights are firmly set on expanding and we hope to reveal our ambitious plans very soon.  Downpour is just the beginning of our journey."

Creative Director, Kate, says: "We both grew up in Uist, so it's important to us that each bottle is distilled, bottled and labelled on the island to enable the business to have a long-term benefit for people here.

"We have been overwhelmed by the encouragement and support we've been shown and Uist will be at the heart of all of our decision-making as we develop the distillery."

Mairi Thomson from Outer Hebrides Tourism states: "We are absolutely delighted so see the launch of the brand new and aptly named 'Downpour' gin from the new North Uist Distillery.

"It is fantastic to see an entrepreneurial young couple going into business and wish them the best success.

"This is also great news for Uist and indeed the Outer Hebrides.

"We promote local food and drink through our Eat Drink Hebrides Trail and this is another product in our Atlantic Larder that we can shout about."