Orkney Distilling Double Finalists in Scottish Gin Awards!

Orkney Distilling Double Finalists in Scottish Gin Awards!

We are over the moon to announce that Orkney Distilling Ltd has made the finals in two categories of this year’s Scottish Gin Awards!

Our Storm Strength Arkh-Angell gin has been shortlisted within the Navy Strength Gin of the Year category of the prestigious awards, while the Orkney Gin Festival 2018 – organised by Orkney Distilling in partnership with The Old Library – is in the running for the Scottish Gin Event of the Year accolade.

The shortlisting is no mean feat: one hundred and sixteen gins (all distilled in Scotland) were assessed. This is a 52% increase in the number of gins entered last year.

46 producers and 80 gins have progressed to the final stage of the national competition, which, for the second year running, celebrates Scotland’s booming gin industry.

Covering 18 categories, the awards assess taste and business performance and were judged earlier this month 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. The taste tests were adjudicated by sensory management experts, Cara Technology.

The news is the cherry on the cake of a very exciting time for us here at the distillery, as we prepare to open our new distillery and visitor centre in the heart of Kirkwall. (Tickets for tours are bookable now). 

Our managing director Stephen Kemp said: “This is fantastic news for our business, following on from the success we enjoyed last year when our signature Kirkjuvagr Gin took home a bronze medal from the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards. We’re particularly delighted to see our Storm Strength Arkh-Angell gin in the running for an accolade this year and thrilled to see our very successful Orkney Gin Festival recognised too.”

Stephen added: “We’re now very close to opening our brand-new distillery and visitor centre in Kirkwall, so news of our success in reaching the finals of this year’s Scottish Gin Awards is a major boost for everyone within the team.”

 

 

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A greener future for gin production

A greener future for gin production

We’re moving towards a greener future, thanks to a new joint project with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) investigating hydrogen heating as a clean fuel solution in the distilling process. 

Orcadians have been at the forefront of energy innovation now for generations, and we are extremely pleased to be a part of this collaboration, which will serve to strengthen connections between EMEC’s ground-breaking green hydrogen development and the local distillery sector. 

The project known as HySpirits 2 has received £58,781 of funding from the UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to produce a feasibility study, looking at technologies that would enable us to use hydrogen as a fuel source in the distillery. 

The partnership includes Edinburgh Napier University, with their industrial decarbonisation team leading the pilot study design and hydrogen technology assessments. Technologies being looked at include thermal fluid technology, steam technology, direct burn technology and dual fuel technology. Following assessment, the optimal technology pathway will be chosen and used to design a demonstration project to be considered for Phase 2 funding to use the solution in a real-world context. 

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: 

“Building back greener from the pandemic is something we can all raise a toast to. Every business can play a part in the green industrial revolution and this funding will allow UK distilleries to lead the way by making their production cleaner while also creating jobs.” 

James Walker, Hydrogen Manager at EMEC, said: 

“Hydrogen offers a potentially very compelling alternative fuel for producing high grade heat in industry. With many distilleries located in remote areas off the natural gas network and using fuel oils to generate process heat for malting and distilling, there is great scope for applying the findings from our project to a cross section of the wider industry. 

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 brings together a partnership which will focus on assessing a range of viable technology options that give the greatest emissions reductions for distillers. Ensuring commercial viability through to a fully sustainable end product will lay the path towards the future of green distilling.” 

Cocktail Recipe - Clementine & Thyme Fizz

Cocktail Recipe - Clementine & Thyme Fizz

Aurora Gin, 42% ABV, gets its warmth from cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and a touch of heat from pink and black peppercorns. It works well with so many winter flavours.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Aurora Gin
  • 15ml Fresh lemon juice
  • 40ml Fresh Clementine juice
  • 20ml Thyme syrup (see recipe above)
  • Egg white
  • Soda
  • Thyme sprig

Method

Combine all ingredients but soda in a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice. Dry shake for a good while before adding ice and shaking again. Strain into an ice-filled highball and gently top up with soda. Let the foam set before garnishing with a thyme sprig.


Huge thanks to On the sauce again for the recipe and images!

Celebrating World Bee Day with Beyla

Celebrating World Bee Day with Beyla

Wednesday the 20th of May is world Bee Day! Though you may not know it, bees play an important role here at The Orkney Distillery.

In Norse mythology, Beyla was the goddess of bees and fertility, with a strong connection to the earth.

At Orkney Distilling, we share her bond with the land, handcrafting our gin with precision and care, where the influence of the Norse gods can still be felt.

We’ve added Orcadian honey to our legendary Kirkjuvagr Gin to create this special offering to the goddess. Fresh Scottish raspberries bring extra fruitiness and colour, while balancing a natural sweetness introduced by our island honey. The bees providing this premium quality ingredient actually fly a path taking them across our botanical crops that are grown and harvested from our local Agronomy Institute - thus deepening the significance of our special homage to Beyla.  

World Bee Day allows us to acknowledge the vital role that bees and other pollinators play in our ecosystem as well as focusing on the importance of preserving them. And, with every third spoonful of the world’s food relying on bees and various other pollinators, it seems only right that we are able to recognise this day and help celebrate it with this bespoke spirit.

Join us in celebrating World Bee Day with a refreshing glass of Beyla! Click here to buy now.

Cheers!

 

 

Beyla up for top industry award

Beyla up for top industry award

In these surreal and somewhat unsettling times, it’s nice to have some positive news to share with you.  Our Honey and Raspberry Kirkjuvagr Beyla Gin has been shortlisted for this year’s Gin Guide Awards in the Best Flavoured Gin category! These prestigious awards celebrate the world’s finest gins and so we are thrilled that one of our products has once again been selected as one of the finalists.

Beyla is named after the Norse goddess of bees and infuses Orcadian honey and Scottish raspberries with our legendary Kirkjuvagr Gin. Bursting with fruitiness and balanced with the sweetness of our island honey, it makes for the perfect summer tipple.

Let us bring a taste of summer to your living rooms and gardens with this refreshing spirit. Ideal served with lots of ice, fresh raspberries and topped with tonic or a premium lemonade. Order your bottle now with free delivery, and 10% off if you’ve not ordered from us before, by subscribing to our mailing list!

 

Free shipping on all orders

Free shipping on all orders

In these tumultuous times we're hoping that all of our great customers around the UK are keeping safe and well. To try and ease the strain a little we're offering free shipping on all orders from our online shop from today. We can deliver to anywhere in the UK and if you're lucky enough to live on Orkney you might even get your order delivered by one of our team!

Simply click the link below to place your order. Shopping locally and from small producers really does make a huge difference so we'd like to thank everyone for their continued support.

https://www.orkneydistilling.com/collections

Treble medal haul for Orkney Distilling at World Gin Awards

Treble medal haul for Orkney Distilling at World Gin Awards

We're celebrating after taking home an impressive three medals from this year’s World Gin Awards!

Our signature spirit, Kirkjuvagr, won Silver in the London Dry Gin category of the event for Scotland, and Aurora secured another Silver in the Contemporary Style Gin class, again for Scotland.  Finally, our newest gin, Beyla, was awarded Bronze for Scotland in the Old Tom Gin category of the event.

Presented by TheDrinksReport.com – regarded as the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals - the World Gin Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best gins to consumers and trade across the globe.

This is tremendous news for all the team at Orkney Distilling and the best possible start to 2020 at our Kirkwall visitor centre and distillery. Despite being a relatively young company, our gins consistently perform well on the national awards stage, which is testament to our quality driven approach, merging island tradition with a contemporary vision.

We’re particularly delighted to see our most recent additions to the Orkney Distilling family of gins, Aurora and Beyla, recognised with a Silver and a Bronze respectively.