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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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.

Great Taste Awards

Great Taste Awards

Earlier in the year, we entered our gin into the Great Taste 2019 Awards which is organised by the Guild of Fine Food and is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Great Taste is often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the food and drinks industry, recognising high quality food and drink producers. 
The Great Taste team consists of over 500 specially trained judges, who put each entry through a rigorous testing process, analysing everything from taste, aroma to the quality of the ingredients used.  
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 was awarded two stars for outstanding and our signature Kirkjuvagr Gin was awarded one star for simply delicious.  
We can’t wait to begin adding these awards to our bottles! 
Click here to shop our award winning Orkney Gin. 
The Orkney Distillery's First Birthday!

The Orkney Distillery's First Birthday!

We can’t quite believe that it’s been a year since we opened the doors to The Orkney Distillery and Visitor Centre here in Kirkwall. What a year it has been! We’ve hosted thousands of people on distillery tours, developed and launched four new gins and hosted amazing events ranging from the St Magnus International Festival to an evening with the Consul General of Japan.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited us over the last year - we love meeting so many interesting people from around the world who are as passionate about gin as we are.  Also, a big thank you to our wonderful team who demonstrate huge commitment that ensures we deliver a fantastic experience for all our customers.

If you’re here in Kirkwall on Friday, then pop by for some very exciting birthday fun. We’ll have special cupcakes and cocktails available, live music from the amazing Eric Linklater in the evening plus free tours of the production area every hour from 10am – 5pm. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details. We hope to see lots of you to join us in raising a glass!

Scottish Gin Awards Finalists

Scottish Gin Awards Finalists

The 2019 Scottish Gin Award finalists were announced yesterday, and we are delighted to share the news that we have made the final in two categories: Scottish Destination of the Year and High Strength Gin of the Year for our Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Gin.

The Orkney Distilling team are immensely proud to be nominated and recognised as one of Scotland’s best gin destinations, a week before the distillery celebrates its first birthday.

As we enter our second year of operations at our distillery in Kirkwall, we have been overwhelmed with the support and feedback received by locals and visitors alike. We are tremendously proud of our distillery and it is fantastic to meet gin lovers who have travelled from near and far to experience one of our tours or experiences.

Haven’t yet visited us? Our distillery tours and gin making experiences are the ideal attraction for gin enthusiasts visiting Orkney. The distillery tours run at 11am and 2pm each day (except Sundays) with extra tours added for peak times. During the tour, you will learn about the distilling process with one of our friendly tour guides, and you’ll also get an opportunity to sample our gins whilst overlooking Kirkwall’s harbour.

Interested in visiting the home of Kirkjuvagr Gin? Click the button below to book your tour.

Beyla Honey and Raspberry Old Tom Gin - Available to buy now

Beyla Honey and Raspberry Old Tom Gin - Available to buy now

Let us tickle you pink – Beyla is now available to buy online. ⠀

Named after the Norse Goddess of Bees and influenced by our Island’s flavours, Beyla uses the finest Orkney honey, alongside fresh Scottish raspberries to create this unique Old Tom Style pink gin. ⠀

We are sure that is going to be a summer favourite…the future is rosy!⠀

All of our products can be sent to a UK address directly, with a gift message included.