Kirkjuvagr Gin sails back north with Bronze Medal

Kirkjuvagr Gin sails back north with Bronze Medal

Orkney Distilling Ltd’s Kirkjuvagr Gin, launched last year, has won a prestigious bronze medal at the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards.

Scottish Gin Awards BronzeKirkjuvagr secured its accolade in the fiercely contested Distilled Gin of the Year category of the awards, held in Glasgow last week. Orkney Distilling Ltd was also a finalist in the Excellence in Marketing section of the event.

The Scottish Gin Awards, held in partnership with The Scottish Gin Society, is a new annual business event celebrating innovation and excellence in gin distilling in Scotland.

Scotland now produces over 70-per cent of the gin consumed in the UK, with exports predicted to outsell whisky by 2020.

The awards saw 75 Scottish gins marked by 12 expert judges in a blind tasting, adjudicated by the international sensory management consultancy, Cara Technology. Award categories covered everything from innovation, export and marketing, to design and business growth.

Stephen Kemp, who manages Orkney Distilling Ltd with his wife Aly, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have come away from this first Scottish Gin Awards with such a prestigious accolade. We only launched Kirkjuvagr last year and, whilst sales have far exceeded our expectations, we were keen to see how our gin would fare when going head to head with the country’s more established brands. To secure a bronze medal in the Distilled Gin of the Year section of the event, after scrutiny by the country’s top gin experts, is a massive achievement for all the Kirkjuvagr team. It was also hugely encouraging for us to reach the final of the Excellence in Marketing category.”


He added: “Work on our new distillery and visitor centre in Kirkwall is nearing completion and we very much look forward to being able to properly display our award when our doors open to the public early next year.”

Winners of Scottish Gin Awards

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Gin and Chocolate for your Valentine

Gin and Chocolate for your Valentine


Gin and chocolate… whats not to love?

We have the perfect gift for you to share with your loved one this Valentine’s day. 

delicious assortment of Kirkjuvagr, Harpa and Aurora gin chocolates, hand-made by local chocolatier Sarah of Peedie Chocs & Desserts. All wrapped and ready to share, which one will be your favourite?

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Arkh-Angell wins World Gin Award's Gold

Arkh-Angell wins World Gin Award's Gold

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.

Christmas Gifts from Orkney Distilling - 10% off online orders

Christmas Gifts from Orkney Distilling - 10% off online orders

When Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh just won’t cut it, the wise look towards the north and choose Christmas gifts from Orkney Distilling. 
 
With 10% off everything online, it's the ideal opportunity to buy those last minute presents or just treat yourself!
 
Our range of four hand-crafted gins offers something for everyone. Kirkjuvagr evokes the freshness of the Orkney seas and the purity of our island air. For the bold, we produce our 57%  Storm Strength Arkh-Angell, while the contrasting Harpa captures the essence of an Orkney summer. And now, we present our new spiced Aurora which bursts with traditional Christmas flavours. 
 
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Kirkjuvagr 10 and 20cl bottles make great stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts! We've also recently added unique branded merchandise to our range of gifts, including t-shirts, beanie hats, coasters, mirrors, bottle openers and much more. 
 
Simply enter the code CHRISTMAS10 at the checkout to receive your festive discount.
Aurora Spiced Gin - Available to buy NOW

Aurora Spiced Gin - Available to buy NOW

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.

 

Black Friday 2018 - 15% off all orders

Black Friday 2018 - 15% off all orders

Shop our BLACK FRIDAY offers and save 15% on your Christmas Shopping. 

Until Monday 26th November (inclusive), all online orders will receive a 15% discount!

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.
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Arkh Angell wins a Silver Medal at the Scottish Gin Awards!

Arkh Angell wins a Silver Medal at the Scottish Gin Awards!

Our Arkh-Angell ‘Storm Strength’ gin has won a prestigious Silver Medal in the Navy Strength Gin of the Year category at this year’s Scottish Gin Awards in Glasgow!

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.

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If you've not tried Arkh Angell yet, now is the time! Get 15% OFF by using code STORMY at checkout, but only until Sunday 23rd September at midnight.

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