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.

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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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Hydrogen powered gin - our sustainable vision

Hydrogen powered gin - our sustainable vision

The HySpirits project has been awarded £148,600 of funding from the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to conduct a feasibility study into the development of technology to enable The Orkney Distillery to use hydrogen as a fuel to decarbonise the distilling process.

The project aims to investigate the development of a thermal fluid heater system to operate with hydrogen as the combustion fuel within the distilling process. This system will remove the need to use fossil fuels such as kerosene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), for the process.

The HySpirits study brings together three different organisations with a common drive to decarbonise energy. Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the other partners are Orkney Distilling Ltd, the site selected for hydrogen fuel integration, and Edinburgh Napier University who will assess the distillery site and develop the hydrogen system design and specification.  

Funding for the HySpirits project was awarded after successfully competing in the Industrial Fuels Switching Competition run by BEIS earlier this year, which aims to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies.

Now in its second phase, the competition offers funding for feasibility studies looking into developing technologies to enable the use of a low-carbon fuel across industrial processes.

The winners of the Industrial Fuel Switching competition were announced on Thursday 29 August by Lord Duncan, in advance of a ministerial visit to Orkney.

Lord Duncan, Climate Change Minister, said:    

 “Using the power of hydrogen could help cut emissions, create jobs and make industrial processes cleaner and greener, benefitting the whole economy as we work towards net zero by 2050.   

“This innovative project from HySprits/EMEC will help our efforts to roll out hydrogen at scale by the 2030s – a crucial step towards the end of the UK’s contribution to global warming.” 

Hydrogen has been identified as an alternative fuel for energy intensive industrial processes, such as distilleries. If the technology and business case detailed in the feasibility study proves viable, this offers a substantial decarbonisation opportunity for the wider industry and The Orkney Distillery could become the world’s first hydrogen fuelled distillery. 

Additionally, it is hoped that the findings of this study can be replicated across the sector with the added benefit that the technology will be designed to be retrofitted into existing infrastructure.

Stephen Kemp, Director of Orkney Distilling Ltd, said:

As we look to the future development of The Orkney Distillery and our product offering, it is essential that we innovate in order to drive a low carbon, energy efficient spirit production process.  This collaboration with EMEC and Edinburgh Napier University is incredibly exciting, and a world first for the industry.

Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager at EMEC, said:

“Working with a world class craft distillery, the HySpirits project blends tradition with innovation. Decarbonising the distilling process with green hydrogen derived from local renewables is a great example of the creative ways Orkney is addressing the challenges of the energy transition. We’re proud to be partnering with Orkney Distilling Ltd and Edinburgh Napier University on this transformational project.”   

Professor John Currie, Director of the Scottish Energy Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, said:  

“Industrial fuel switching, in order to lower carbon emissions, provides a significant challenge, particularly in the food and drink sector. This project has brought together a partnership which has enabled the development and exploitation of a readily-deployable hydrogen technology which can make a significant impact across the process industries in order to help achieve our global objectives.”  

You've got Great Taste in Gin - 10% off our range

You've got Great Taste in Gin - 10% off our range

You've got Great Taste in gin...

Earlier in the year, we entered our gin into the Great Taste 2019 Awards. Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste is often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the food and drinks industry, recognising high quality food and drink producers.
 
We are absolutely over the moon to announce that our Aurora Gin and Kirkjuvagr Gin have both been awarded with a Great Taste badge for 2019. Aurora came away with 2 stars and Kirkjuvagr 1 star.
 
In order to celebrate this achievement with you, our customers, for a limited period of time we are offering 10% off our entire collection!
 
Simply enter the code GT10 at the checkout.