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Grain aim for islands distillery

Barley held in a hand
The distillery said crofters were interested in supplying grain

The owner of the first whisky distillery to start production on Lewis in 170 years said he hopes to use more barley grown on the island.

Mark Tayburn said 10% of grain used at his Abhainn Dearg distillery last year came from Lewis.

He is also working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on how to grow his business.

Mr Tayburn was granted a licence for his distillery by HM Revenue and Customs in November 2008.

On increasing his use of local barley, Mr Tayburn said: "We have had significant interest from local crofters and I hope that figure will grow this year. I also plan to double our production levels."

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