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Whisky galore for Harris Tweed

The fabric has been created by Harris Tweed Hebrides and Johnnie Walker Black Label with the help of textile experts at Heriot-Watt University
The fabric has been created by Harris Tweed Hebrides and Johnnie Walker Black Label with the help of textile experts at Heriot-Watt University

A range of Harris Tweed imbued with the scent of whisky is being launched today.

The fabric has been created by Harris Tweed Hebrides and Johnnie Walker Black Label with the help of textile experts at Heriot-Watt University.

The scent, inspired by the blended whisky's "nose", is said to feature rich malt and dark chocolate tones with golden vanilla.

A range of products featuring the grey fabric with blue, pink and yellow highlights has been created by Milan-based designer Angelos Bratis and will be marketed in Germany, Greece and Belgium.

The range is being launched tonight in Berlin.

Donald Mackay, head of the finishing department at the Harris Tweed mill in Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis, said: "I have worked with aromas in the past but they were only meant to withstand one dry clean.

"The process we have devised for Johnnie Walker means that this scent is layered into the fabric throughout the finishing process and is permanently imbued in the tweed."

Jim McVee from Heriot-Watt's School of Textiles and Design said: "Smart textiles are a fast-developing sector that offers enormous potential. Our brief was to assist Harris Tweed Hebrides with the development of a tweed for Johnnie Walker that incorporates a micro-encapsulated fragrance.

"Fabric technologists in Galashiels developed the prototypes which will enable Harris Tweed Hebrides to offer products using this technology in future."

The chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides, former UK trade minister Brian Wilson, said: "This is a very natural partnership of two great Scottish brands with input from one of our cutting-edge academic centres.

"The more of these partnerships we can promote, the better for the Scottish economy.

"The early indications are that the finished products are creating a high level of interest in the target markets."

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