Orkney Distilling's Aly Named Great British Food Heroine

Orkney Distilling's Aly Named Great British Food Heroine

Orkney Distilling is proud to use the very best local ingredients, so we're delighted with the recent news that Aly Kemp, one half of our management team, has been named a Great British Food Heroine.

The award was presented as part of the British Food Fortnight event - a celebration of British food, sponsored by the Co-op - and nationally recognises women who are ambassadors for British food and who work to ensure it grows and thrives into the future.

Aly shares the accolade with 40 women working in food throughout the UK - from cheese makers and chocolatiers, to brewers, bakers and farmers.

She received a special slate plaque which will be displayed in Orkney Distilling’s new Kirkwall distillery and visitor centre, set to open in the New Year.

Aly said: “I was really thrilled to receive this award from the Co-op as it recognises the important part women play in the UK’s food and drink industry.

“At Orkney Distilling, we’ve championed local ingredients from the outset and are always conscious of the need to maintain the highest standards in everything we do. Ultimately, we’re ambassadors for Orkney, Scotland and the UK and are proud to be part of a nationwide effort to promote the very best of what our country can offer.”

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Win a VIP Tour of Our New Kirkwall Visitor Centre

Win a VIP Tour of Our New Kirkwall Visitor Centre

The noble quest to complete the home of Kirkjuvagr Gin is almost at an end - you’ll have noticed all the scaffolding is down – and from April 2018 we’ll be welcoming local folk and visitors alike through our doors in Kirkwall.

Now we’re offering the opportunity to be amongst the first to behold our magnificent new visitor centre.

The runes tell us that a chosen one, along with a worthy companion, will receive a tour of our great halls, learn some of the wondrous secrets behind our legendary gin and, crucially, get the chance to drink some of it for free.

All you have to do is buy any bottle size of our award-winning Kirkjuvagr Gin, or its Storm Strength sister gin, Arkh-Angell, from one of Orkney’s fine local retailers, fill in a short prize draw form and drop it into our special Kirkjuvagr portal (it’s just a box, on the shop counter).

We’ll collect the entries up after Sat 18th March and randomly select a champion to be our honoured guest in April.

As heroic tasks go, this one’s a total breeze. No lengthy sea journeys or battles required, so there’s little chance of you inconveniently ending up in Valhalla. Nor do you need to consume hundreds of chocolate bars in the hope you’ll find a golden ticket. How ridiculous would that be?

No, the Vikings didn’t mess about, nor do we. Our competition is nice and simple and by taking part you’ll be supporting local shopkeepers.

And, if you’re fortunate enough to win, you’ll have something to look forward to during those dreary months leading up to April.

It’s also a good excuse to replenish your stocks of Kirkjuvagr or Arkh-Angell, should they be running low. Or, if you’ve never tried our gin – perish the thought – this is your opportunity to experience its fabled smoothness and uniquely Orcadian flavour for yourself.

Full details of the prize draw, including all terms and conditions are here (LINK)

May the gods smile upon you. *


*Gods are not permitted to enter this prize draw, though praying to them for help in this quest is acceptable.


Terms & Conditions


1) Purchase in-store of 70, 20 or 10cl Kirkjuvagr Gin or 70cl Arkh - Angell Gin.

2) Entrant must be over 18 years of age.

3) One entry per transaction by entry form in participating retailers only. 

4) This promotion closes on 18th March 2018 at 17.00 for receipt of all entries.The draw will be conducted randomly within 7 days of the closing date.

5) The Promoter or its agencies will not be responsible for the non-inclusion of entries or any claims as a result of being lost, late, illegible, incomplete, invalid.

6) PRIZE - One (1) winner will receive the prize. The prize comprises of a tour for two (over 18s only) of The Orkney Distillery Visitor Centre.

7) The prize must be claimed by May 1st 2018.

8) The prize is as stated and is non-transferable and non refundable. No cash or other alternative is available (in whole or in part), except that in the event of circumstances outside its control, the Promoter reserves the right to provide a similar prize of equal or greater value.

9) The winner will be notified by email or telephone, within 7 days of the closing date. If a winner does not respond within 7 days of first notification attempt, if any prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if the winner does not accept the prize or in the event of non-compliance with these prize draw Terms and Conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and the prize will be forfeited and an alternative winner may be selected. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. Full T&C’s can be found at www.orkneydistilling.com.

10) The Promoter reserves the right to amend, temporarily suspend or withdraw this promotion in its absolute discretion provided that the Promoter shall not exercise this right unreasonably.

11) The Promoter and their agents accept no responsibility for difficulties experienced in submitting an entry to this promotion.

12) By entering this competition you consent to Orkney Distilling Limited using your name in promotion of the competition after it closes.

13) Entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions by participating in this promotion.

14) This promotion and these terms are governed by Scottish law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts.

Double shortlisting for Orkney Distilling!

Double shortlisting for Orkney Distilling!

We are delighted to announce that Orkney Distilling Ltd has received two short-listings in the Scottish Rural Awards 2018!

The business is in the running for both the Artisan Drink and Business Start-Up awards.

The Scottish Rural Awards, that are now in their fourth year, celebrate the enterprise, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live in rural Scotland.

Partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, in association with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), the awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts. 

With thirteen different categories and a rigorous multi-stage process to decide shortlists and eventual winner, we're thrilled to have been placed on the two shortlists. 

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Edinburgh in March 2018.

Orkney Distilling’s Managing Director Stephen Kemp said: “We’re really delighted to learn we’ve been shortlisted in two categories for these major awards celebrating excellence in the rural community.  This has been quite a year for us already, with a double shortlisting and Bronze Medal from the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards.  Now, as we prepare to head into what will be an incredibly busy 2018 with our distillery and visitor centre opening, this is the festive icing on the cake.  We’ll be hoping to continue the successes of 2017 and again do the Orkney community proud.”
Get 10% off and a FREE Bar Blade with our Black Friday Deal

Get 10% off and a FREE Bar Blade with our Black Friday Deal

It's that time of year again and we know that you gin lovers will be looking for a special gin, either for your collection or as a gift. Now is the perfect time to get your Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin and Arkh Angell as there's 10% off any order placed between now and midnight on Monday the 27th.

Use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

PLUS, we'll also throw in a FREE Kirkuvagr bar blade, worth £4.99. These are really handy little tools and make opening a bottle of tonic that bit easier. Cheers to that!

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

Gin partnership celebrates Rosslyn Chapel’s Orkney connections

Gin partnership celebrates Rosslyn Chapel’s Orkney connections

Orkney Distilling has developed a new partnership with Rosslyn Chapel to produce a gin to celebrate the Midlothian chapel’s Orkney links. 

We’re incredibly pleased to have formed an association with Rosslyn Chapel as there is such a close historic connection to Orkney. The ‘Prince of Orkney’ Gin is exclusively labelled for sale at Rosslyn Chapel and includes a number of Orkney-grown botanicals, including a variety of Angelical Archangelica, which is unique in the British Isles to Orkney. The result of these high quality ingredients, paired with the artisan production process, is a smooth spirit with a scent reminiscent of fresh sea breeze and a sweetness reminiscent of sherbet, lemon and pines.

Rosslyn Chapel’s connection with Orkney goes back to its very origins, when Sir William St Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney, founded it in 1446. Sir William’s grandfather, Sir Henry St Clair, became 42nd Jarl in 1369, and 1st St Clair Prince of Orkney in 1389, and this latter title remained in the family until 1470. The gin has been named ‘The Prince of Orkney’ to mark this link.

Ian Gardner, director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: “We are delighted to have created this new partnership with Orkney Distilling and can now provide an innovative taste of Orkney for our visitors. The gin is available in 10cl, 20cl and 70cl bottles from the chapel’s visitor centre, and income from the shop supports the conservation of the chapel.”