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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Christmas Gifts from Orkney Distilling - 10% off online orders

Christmas Gifts from Orkney Distilling - 10% off online orders

When Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh just won’t cut it, the wise look towards the north and choose Christmas gifts from Orkney Distilling. 
 
With 10% off everything online, it's the ideal opportunity to buy those last minute presents or just treat yourself!
 
Our range of four hand-crafted gins offers something for everyone. Kirkjuvagr evokes the freshness of the Orkney seas and the purity of our island air. For the bold, we produce our 57%  Storm Strength Arkh-Angell, while the contrasting Harpa captures the essence of an Orkney summer. And now, we present our new spiced Aurora which bursts with traditional Christmas flavours. 
 
Gift Ideas...
Kirkjuvagr 10 and 20cl bottles make great stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts! We've also recently added unique branded merchandise to our range of gifts, including t-shirts, beanie hats, coasters, mirrors, bottle openers and much more. 
 
Simply enter the code CHRISTMAS10 at the checkout to receive your festive discount.
Aurora Spiced Gin - Available to buy NOW

Aurora Spiced Gin - Available to buy NOW

AURORA - celebrate the darkness

Our new Aurora Spiced Gin is NOW ON-SALE!

In Orkney, the appearance of the Aurora Borialis, or Northern Lights, marks the start of our journey towards the long, dark nights of an island winter. The almost endless days of our summer means that this breath-taking spectacle can't be easily seen, so the return of our 'Merry Dancers' is always eagerly anticipated. It's a time for wrapping up and gazing skywards in awe, before gathering indoors to share stories around a roaring peat fire.

This Aurora edition of our acclaimed Kirkjuvagr Gin seeks to bring extra warmth and spice to those crisp evenings under the stars. Ground cinnamon, nutmeg and whole cloves provide this warm spice whilst pink and black peppercorns deliver a lasting tongue-tingling presence in the finish.

Aurora is fast becoming a hit with gin lovers, and its 50cl bottle size makes it the perfect Christmas gift!

Click here to shop Aurora Spiced Gin. We are currently offering 10% off all online orders - simply enter the code CHRISTMAS10 at the checkout. 

All of our products can be sent to a UK address directly, with gift message included - taking the stress out of Christmas shopping.

 

Black Friday 2018 - 15% off all orders

Black Friday 2018 - 15% off all orders

Shop our BLACK FRIDAY offers and save 15% on your Christmas Shopping. 

Until Monday 26th November (inclusive), all online orders will receive a 15% discount!

To claim the offer, simply enter the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Save 15% on our award winning gins, as well as hand-made Kirkjuvagr Orkney Chocolates, Kirkjuvagr Orkney Fudge, Branded Beanies, T-Shirts and more.

Our BLACK FRIDAY promotion will also be replicated in our Distillery Shop*, so if you’re in Orkney come and visit us, enjoy a gin or a coffee, and take full advantage of the 15% discount.
Shop our award-winner gins and new accessory range now! 
Arkh Angell wins a Silver Medal at the Scottish Gin Awards!

Arkh Angell wins a Silver Medal at the Scottish Gin Awards!

Our Arkh-Angell ‘Storm Strength’ gin has won a prestigious Silver Medal in the Navy Strength Gin of the Year category at this year’s Scottish Gin Awards in Glasgow!

This is a massive achievement and we’re all immensely proud. Our signature Kirkjuvagr Gin took home a Bronze medal from the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards last year, so for Arkh-Angell to go one better and win a Silver is absolutely fantastic and testament to the efforts of all our team here in Orkney.

In total, 46 producers and 80 gins progressed to the final stage of the national competition, which celebrates Scotland’s booming gin industry.

Covering 18 categories, the awards assessed taste and business performance and were judged earlier this year 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, adjudicated by sensory management experts, Cara Technology.  One hundred and sixteen gins, all distilled in Scotland, were assessed - a 52% increase in the number of gins entered last year.

Want to try it for yourself?

If you've not tried Arkh Angell yet, now is the time! Get 15% OFF by using code STORMY at checkout, but only until Sunday 23rd September at midnight.

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New Distillery & Visitor Centre Opens in Kirkwall

New Distillery & Visitor Centre Opens in Kirkwall

Our new artisan distillery and visitor centre officially opens in Kirkwall this week, creating a major new tourist attraction for the islands.

Two years in the planning, the new facility - which has created six local jobs - represents the realisation of our dream.  

Sited on Kirkwall’s historic harbour front, the two-storey distillery and visitor centre has been finished to an extremely high standard, incorporating a gin and coffee bar, retail outlet and events venue. Visitors are also able to tour the production area of the facility to learn more about the distillation process, and the stories behind our gins.

Our signature gin Kirkjuvagr was only launched in August of 2016 but has firmly established itself in the hugely competitive gin marketplace, winning praise from critics and a bronze medal at the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards in 2017.

Inside the Orkney Distillery Coffee & Gin BarWe’re incredibly proud of our new home and can’t wait to share it with the local community, and the many visitors who come to Orkney each year. From the outset it was our intention to create a place where people could relax and enjoy a drink in comfortable surroundings, while learning more about our gins and, indeed, Orkney. We also felt, given the very welcome rise in visitor numbers to Orkney, that there was a need for a new, high quality tourist attraction in the town. Hopefully we’ve filled that gap with a project that does the islands proud. Although our gin branding very much reflects the Norse heritage of Orkney, we’ve created a contemporary atmosphere within the distillery and visitor centre. That merging of the old and new, blending tradition and innovation, is unmistakably Orcadian in its approach, and something we’ve strived for with our gins too. Everyone involved in the project has worked extremely hard to bring it to fruition. Crucially, all of our branding and marketing has been delivered by a local team, and we’ve employed skilled local people to build the distillery and visitor centre, and manage its journey towards opening. We’ve also got a great group of local people on board to deliver the very best service to customers and, of course, produce our gins.

The new Orkney Distilling Distillery and Visitor Centre is now open for business, with the Distillery Bar opening to the public for the first time this weekend.

You can check availability and Book a Tour online, direct from our website.

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.”