Gin partnership celebrates Rosslyn Chapel’s Orkney connections

Gin partnership celebrates Rosslyn Chapel’s Orkney connections

Orkney Distilling has developed a new partnership with Rosslyn Chapel to produce a gin to celebrate the Midlothian chapel’s Orkney links. 

We’re incredibly pleased to have formed an association with Rosslyn Chapel as there is such a close historic connection to Orkney. The ‘Prince of Orkney’ Gin is exclusively labelled for sale at Rosslyn Chapel and includes a number of Orkney-grown botanicals, including a variety of Angelical Archangelica, which is unique in the British Isles to Orkney. The result of these high quality ingredients, paired with the artisan production process, is a smooth spirit with a scent reminiscent of fresh sea breeze and a sweetness reminiscent of sherbet, lemon and pines.

Rosslyn Chapel’s connection with Orkney goes back to its very origins, when Sir William St Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney, founded it in 1446. Sir William’s grandfather, Sir Henry St Clair, became 42nd Jarl in 1369, and 1st St Clair Prince of Orkney in 1389, and this latter title remained in the family until 1470. The gin has been named ‘The Prince of Orkney’ to mark this link.

Ian Gardner, director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: “We are delighted to have created this new partnership with Orkney Distilling and can now provide an innovative taste of Orkney for our visitors. The gin is available in 10cl, 20cl and 70cl bottles from the chapel’s visitor centre, and income from the shop supports the conservation of the chapel.”

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Kirkjuvagr Orkney Foy Gin - our newest release to celebrate the Orkney Folk Festival

Kirkjuvagr Orkney Foy Gin - our newest release to celebrate the Orkney Folk Festival

To celebrate the 2019 Orkney Folk Festival, we are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new gin - FOY!

Music is the beating heart of Orkney, a constant of island life for generations. Tunes connect us with our past, uniting old and young in an aural celebration of what it is to be Orcadian. Our love of music is also the foundation for friendships that span the globe, and the catalyst for many of our wonderful festivals. This special edition of Orkney Distilling’s Kirkjuvagr gin pays homage to the traditional island Foy, an eagerly anticipated night of music and entertainment.

We are proudly donating a part of the proceeds from sales of Orkney Foy gin to the Orkney Folk Festival, ensuring the future of this internationally renowned community event.


Click here to purchase a bottle of Foy. 

London Spirits Competition Bronze

Four Bronze Medals at the London Spirits Competition

We are extremely excited to announce that three of our gins - Kirkjuvagr, Arkh-Angell, and Harpa - have each been awarded a bronze medal at the London Spirits Competition.

This rounds up a very successful April after Arkh-Angell received two awards at the Tokyo Whisky and Spirits competition earlier in the month!

The London Spirits Competition is judged by a host of well-known bartenders, bar owners, and innovators across spirits and mixology. The competition looks to recognise not only the taste, but also the value and design of the product, which is why we are so pleased to have been awarded this, as it takes into account all aspects of the brand.

Jo Philby - Summer Sessions

Jo Philby - Summer Sessions

Playing at the Orkney Distillery on Saturday 1st June 2019 is popular local singer/songwriter Jo Philby with Elaine Grieve. With a soulful and expressive vocals Jo takes her audiences on an absorbing musical journey, utilising textures of folk, roots and country to tell her stories of the sea and island life. Jo is joined by Orcadian born Elaine Grieve on mandola & guitar as well as harmony vocals.

Each ticket is £15, please arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Drinks will be available from the downstairs bar throughout. 

Click here to buy your tickets. 

Let the Summer adventures be-Gin!

Let the Summer adventures be-Gin!

As much as Orkney is a key part of our identity here at Orkney Distilling, we appreciate that not everyone is lucky enough to be able to visit us here on our beautiful islands. We are therefore very excited to be attending various events over the summer where we can hopefully meet more gin enthusiasts. Over the next few months we will be at the following locations, pop by for a chat and a taste, we’d love to meet you!

Glasgow Eat and Drink Festival: 24 – 27th May 2019, Glasgow

“You will leave the show with new foodie ideas, inspiration and a taste for food you never thought you had. Celebrating the exciting trends in modern cuisine, mixology and street food, you won’t want to miss it.”

Taste of Grampian: 1st June 2019, Inverurie

“Taste of Grampian, the one-day food and drink festival is a great day out for all the family. This popular annual event allows visitors to discover and sample the wide range of high-quality food and drink products from Grampian in the North East of Scotland to visitors from throughout Scotland.”

House of Bruar Gin Festival: 7th – 9th June 2019, Perthshire

The House Of Bruar in Perthshire is the home of Traditional Scottish Food And Drink. Browsing through the delights of their Food Hall, a feast for the senses assails you. They stock only the best of the best, with an emphasis on traditional, natural produce that is fresh, full of flavour and locally sourced from suppliers that they know and trust. They’re holding gin tasting events in the Food Hall from 7th – 9th June.

The Royal Highland Show: 20th – 23rd June 2019, Edinburgh

“Celebrating its 179th year, The Royal Highland Show is one of Scotland's most iconic events, showcasing the very best of farming food and rural life. A great day out for everyone of all ages, get up close to the country's top-quality livestock, taste exceptional food & drink and experience rural living at its most vibrant.”

Raising a glass to stronger ties between Orkney and Japan

Raising a glass to stronger ties between Orkney and Japan

We were honoured the host the celebration event for the inauguration of the Orkney Japan Association here at The Orkney Distillery on 29th March.

Held in our events space with views over Kirkwall Bay, we were joined by a wide range of local people with an interest in the Association as well as some very special guests. Pictured above is Orkney Distilling Founder Stephen Kemp with the Consul General for Japan Mr Nozomu Takaoka and his wife Yumi and the Chair of the Nagasaki Rugby Football Union, Mr Masao Eto.  

After a day of activity including the ‘Peedie Isles Rugby Festival’ they joined Council Convener Harvey Johnston and Liam McArthur MSP here for an evening reception featuring networking, speeches, gin, specially created cocktails and delicious Orkney produce. This event signifies a major progression of Orkney’s already strong relationship with Japan, and we look forward to being a part of this for a long time to come.

Arkh-Angell Wins World Gin Awards Design Silver

Arkh-Angell Wins World Gin Awards Design Silver

Hot on the heels of being named one of the top ten Scottish gins last month, we have continued to fill our awards cabinet with a prestigious design accolade. March saw The Orkney Distillery win the silver design award from World Drinks Awards for our Arkh-Angell storm strength gin. We are so pleased to have been recognised by their panel of leading international design experts.

The design of all our bottles is very important to us as they encapsulate the bold, exploratory spirit of Orcadians. In particular, Arkh-Angell gin connects the signature ingredient of Archangelica (found on the Orkney island of Westray) with the founder’s family’s proud seafaring traditions - so it’s a very special award for us.