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.”

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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.

Beyla - the future is rosy

Beyla - the future is rosy

It has been a really exciting time at the the Orkney Distillery as we gear up to launch a fifth gin to our range. Our latest addition will be an Old Tom style pink gin that combines rare Orcadian honey with fresh Scottish raspberries.  
Beyla – named after the Norse goddess of bees – continues our distinctive brand themes, which draw inspiration from the Viking and seafaring heritage of the islands.
The Orcadian honey being used in Beyla comes from bees that frequent the gardens of the Agronomy Institute in Kirkwall, where we grow key botanicals used in the production of our gins.
“Orkney provenance is hugely important to us, across all elements of our business, from the inspiration for our branding to our locally grown botanicals,” said Orkney Distilling’s managing director, Stephen Kemp. “In Norse mythology, Beyla was the goddess of bees, with a strong connection to the earth, and we share that bond with the Orkney landscape.”
“When we learned that one of our friends, who is a local beekeeper, was producing honey from bees flying a path over, and frequenting, our botanical crops, we jumped at the chance to incorporate it into our latest gin. It just deepens the significance of the product in terms of how it connects with our brand themes and ideals. We also believe customers appreciate the authentic provenance and quality of our ingredients.”
Fresh Scottish raspberries bring extra fruitiness and colour to the 40-per-cent (ABV) Beyla - developed from our signature Kirkjuvagr Gin - while balancing the sweetness brought by the island honey. 
Beyla will be officially launched to coincide with World Gin Day, on Saturday 8 June. The gin will be available from Orkney Distilling’s online shop, our distillery and visitor centre and from quality independent retailers across the country. 
Keep your eyes on our social media channels throughout the week for an opportunity to get your hands on one of the first bottles released! 

Harvesting botanicals at the Orkney Distillery

A couple of days ago, we took advantage of the sunshine and began harvesting the first ever crop of Angelica Archangelica from our planted bed right outside the Orkney Distillery here in Kirkwall!

A key botanical for all of our gins, it was when developing the original Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin recipe that we discovered a local legend that spoke of a variety of Angelica brought to the islands by Norse sailors centuries ago.

This Angelica can still be found growing wild, on the Island of Westray today, indeed our healthy crop of plants were grown from seed taken from Westray by the UHI’s Agronomy Institute.

In gin making, we use the root of the angelica plant, and so Nikki can be seen here painstakingly unearthing every strand of root from the soil, before taking it inside for a thorough clean with fresh water. From there it will be dried and shredded in preparation for use as a botanical ingredient.

Eat and Drink Festival Success

Eat and Drink Festival Success

Our Head Distiller Louis travelled down to Glasgow last weekend to showcase Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin at the renowned Eat & Drink Festival. The event was a great success with people travelling from all over Scotland and beyond to sample the fine array of foodie delights and premium drinks. We loved meeting so many people who are passionate about craft products - thank you to everyone who came and saw us on the stand.

Louis is off again this weekend down to the Taste of Grampian Food & Drink Festival in Inverurie so come and see us there for a sample and a chat about our gins, we’re on stand 320.