Orkney Gin for Adventurous Spirits

Reflecting the boldness of our Norse ancestors, the clarity of our seas and the purity of our air, Kirkjuvagr is a hand-crafted Orkney gin for the modern, discerning gin enthusiast.

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Kirkwall Heritage

A union of history and local expertise, combined with our family’s passion for gin, has produced a spirit that’s unmistakably Orcadian.

Our Gin

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The Essence of Orkney

Inspired by legend, but with a contemporary twist, our unique blend of Orcadian botanicals ensures a truly memorable gin experience.

Our Botanicals

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The Orkney Distillery

The Orkney Distillery and Visitor Centre in Kirkwall is the home of Orkney Gin. You can book tours online and check live availability.

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Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

In name, Kirkjuvagr Gin reflects the rich history of our islands and the boldness of those ancient seafarers. In character though, it’s utterly contemporary and has been crafted with the modern, discerning gin enthusiast in mind.

When creating Kirkjuvagr, on the shores of Kirkwall Bay, we thought it fitting to seek out a connection to our Viking ancestors that ran deeper than just our name.

We then discovered a local legend that spoke of a variety of Angelica brought to the islands by Norsemen centuries ago, which can still be found growing wild today.

Naturally, this very Angelica is now one of our defining ingredients, complementing a unique blend of local botanicals, including Ramanas Rose, Burnet Rose and Borage. Uniquely, we’ve also used traditional Orkney bere barley in our recipe.

 

 

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Meet the Team: Stephen & Aly Kemp

Meet the Team: Stephen & Aly Kemp

Our Directors Stephen & Aly Kemp are kicking off our new blog series by letting us find out more about the pair and their Kirkjuvagr Gin journey.

What made you decide to start your own gin company?

 We’d been travelling to various events and weddings quite a lot in 2015, and new and interesting craft gins were appearing all around the country.  At that time, a strongly branded gin was notably absent in Orkney, so we set about developing a new gin brand that was unmistakably Orcadian.

 

What has been your biggest highlight in business since starting your company?

Opening the Orkney Distillery was a massive achievement for us, as we’d wanted from the outset to create a flagship home for Kirkjuvagr, and it took a lot of work in a short time to get there within two years of launching our first gin!

Opening our more recent ‘garden bar’ called Oot the Back was also thrilling last year, as we emerged from Lockdown.  The Team all put in such an effort to create a truly unique and amazing offering, and we’re really proud of the result!

 

What is your favourite gin from the Kirkjuvagr range?

 Aly: Beyla. For me, this is probably the one that I influenced the most, and I absolutely love the soft pink colour tone!

Stephen:  I can’t say I have a specific favourite, as I like them all, and I find that tastes can change depending on the weather, your surroundings, mood, etc etc! Right now though, I’m really enjoying our Northwest Passage Expedition Gin. It’s been great to have an opportunity to support the Expedition, and our local friend Davie Flett (who’s one of the rowers) and I went to Birsay and harvested sugar kelp that we used as a botanical, so tasting the result really is very satisfying.

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Double success for Orkney Distilling

Double success for Orkney Distilling

We’ve tasted double success at Orkney Distilling recently as both the World Gin Awards and London Spirits Competition announced the award winners for their respective 2021 events.

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