Norse god slain by festive plant

Norse god slain by festive plant

There was this young Norse god called Baldr, see? His dad was Norse god boss Odin, his mum, Frigg, Queen of Asgard (look it up, or just watch the film).

Baldr was a popular guy, loved by everything and everyone. Despite all this adulation, Baldr began freaking out about dying, with scary premonitions and everything.

Like any good goddess mum would do, Frigg pulled a few strings and got all the creatures on Earth to promise never to harm her nervy son.

The rest of the gods passed the time – it was a tough gig back then – throwing stuff at Baldr to show how hard he now was.

But, just like in an episode of The Only Way is Viking, troublemaking Asgard traitor, Loki (again, watch the film) twigged that mistletoe hadn’t got the message about not harming Baldr.

So, Loki tricked the blind god Höðr – who was also Baldr’s brother (you couldn’t make this stuff up) - into launching an arrow/spear/something sharp made of mistletoe at the posturing Baldr, who died instantly.

Naturally, Frigg was distraught, so much so that her tears turned into the white berries we now see on the non-mythological version of mistletoe.

From that day on, the plant would come to symbolise love, hence its status as a leafy licence for Christmas kissing*

In our view, Baldr should just have chilled out with a glass of Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin and stopped worrying so much.

We’d recommend that same course of action to all our followers, whether Norse gods or not. You can buy some here, or pick it up at your quality local retailer.

Loki? He should have been banged up years ago.

Mistletoe – it’s for Christmas kissing, not killing gods.

*Other versions of this story are available. Ours might not be completely accurate, given it’s based on mythology, not gin distilling.

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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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.”

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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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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.

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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.