We are extremely pleased to announce that our Arkh-Angell ‘Storm Strength’ gin has won a prestigious UK Gold Medal at this year’s World Gin Awards, held in London.
The 57-per-cent spirit took home the prize in the Navy Gin category of the event, judged by a panel of leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.
Presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals, the World Gin Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best gins.
Last year Arkh-Angell scooped a Silver Medal at the Scottish Gin Awards, adding to the bronze won by Our signature Kirkjuvagr Gin at the 2017 event.
This award provides a fantastic start to the 2019 season for the entire Orkney Distilling Team!
Why don't you treat yourself to a bottle of our award winning Arkh-Angell, and read more about it's unique characteristics here.
AURORA - celebrate the darkness
Our new Aurora Spiced Gin is NOW ON-SALE!
In Orkney, the appearance of the Aurora Borialis, or Northern Lights, marks the start of our journey towards the long, dark nights of an island winter. The almost endless days of our summer means that this breath-taking spectacle can't be easily seen, so the return of our 'Merry Dancers' is always eagerly anticipated. It's a time for wrapping up and gazing skywards in awe, before gathering indoors to share stories around a roaring peat fire.
This Aurora edition of our acclaimed Kirkjuvagr Gin seeks to bring extra warmth and spice to those crisp evenings under the stars. Ground cinnamon, nutmeg and whole cloves provide this warm spice whilst pink and black peppercorns deliver a lasting tongue-tingling presence in the finish.
Aurora is fast becoming a hit with gin lovers, and its 50cl bottle size makes it the perfect Christmas gift!
Click here to shop Aurora Spiced Gin. We are currently offering 10% off all online orders - simply enter the code CHRISTMAS10 at the checkout.
All of our products can be sent to a UK address directly, with gift message included - taking the stress out of Christmas shopping.
Shop our BLACK FRIDAY offers and save 15% on your Christmas Shopping.
To claim the offer, simply enter the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
Save 15% on our award winning gins, as well as hand-made Kirkjuvagr Orkney Chocolates, Kirkjuvagr Orkney Fudge, Branded Beanies, T-Shirts and more.
Our BLACK FRIDAY promotion will also be replicated in our Distillery Shop*, so if you’re in Orkney come and visit us, enjoy a gin or a coffee, and take full advantage of the 15% discount.
This is a massive achievement and we’re all immensely proud. Our signature Kirkjuvagr Gin took home a Bronze medal from the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards last year, so for Arkh-Angell to go one better and win a Silver is absolutely fantastic and testament to the efforts of all our team here in Orkney.
In total, 46 producers and 80 gins progressed to the final stage of the national competition, which celebrates Scotland’s booming gin industry.
Covering 18 categories, the awards assessed taste and business performance and were judged earlier this year in two sessions by one of the most experienced gin tasting panels ever assembled in the UK.
Twenty-two tasters including Master Distillers from some of the UK’s biggest gin brands and the UK’s leading professors in distilling, blind tasted and graded every sample under strict technical conditions, adjudicated by sensory management experts, Cara Technology. One hundred and sixteen gins, all distilled in Scotland, were assessed - a 52% increase in the number of gins entered last year.
Want to try it for yourself?
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Our new artisan distillery and visitor centre officially opens in Kirkwall this week, creating a major new tourist attraction for the islands.
Two years in the planning, the new facility - which has created six local jobs - represents the realisation of our dream.
Sited on Kirkwall’s historic harbour front, the two-storey distillery and visitor centre has been finished to an extremely high standard, incorporating a gin and coffee bar, retail outlet and events venue. Visitors are also able to tour the production area of the facility to learn more about the distillation process, and the stories behind our gins.
Our signature gin Kirkjuvagr was only launched in August of 2016 but has firmly established itself in the hugely competitive gin marketplace, winning praise from critics and a bronze medal at the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards in 2017.
We’re incredibly proud of our new home and can’t wait to share it with the local community, and the many visitors who come to Orkney each year. From the outset it was our intention to create a place where people could relax and enjoy a drink in comfortable surroundings, while learning more about our gins and, indeed, Orkney. We also felt, given the very welcome rise in visitor numbers to Orkney, that there was a need for a new, high quality tourist attraction in the town. Hopefully we’ve filled that gap with a project that does the islands proud. Although our gin branding very much reflects the Norse heritage of Orkney, we’ve created a contemporary atmosphere within the distillery and visitor centre. That merging of the old and new, blending tradition and innovation, is unmistakably Orcadian in its approach, and something we’ve strived for with our gins too. Everyone involved in the project has worked extremely hard to bring it to fruition. Crucially, all of our branding and marketing has been delivered by a local team, and we’ve employed skilled local people to build the distillery and visitor centre, and manage its journey towards opening. We’ve also got a great group of local people on board to deliver the very best service to customers and, of course, produce our gins.
The new Orkney Distilling Distillery and Visitor Centre is now open for business, with the Distillery Bar opening to the public for the first time this weekend.
You can check availability and Book a Tour online, direct from our website.