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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.
We're giving away a six-month supply of Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin to one lucky winner.
Do you fancy winning 6 months' worth of Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin just in time for the festive season? We’re giving someone the chance to win one of each of our full-size bottles from our range as well as our brand new Fjorir Gift Set.
All you have to do to enter is follow us on social media and share the graphic including the hashtag #6monthsofkirkjuvagr
Head over to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to enter!
Facebook - Like the Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin page, then share the competition post with #6monthsoforkneygin
Twitter - Follow us on Twitter, then retweet the competition graphic with #6monthsofkirkjuvagr
Instagram - Follow @orkneygin on Instagram then repost the competition graphic with #6monthsofkirkjuvagr
Note: Orkney Distilling Limited always encourages responsible consumption of alcohol
Terms & Conditions
1. Open to people aged 18 or over, except employees of the Promoters, their families and anyone professionally involved with this promotion.
2. Competition is open till midnight on Sunday 24th November 2019, after which time entries will not be counted.
3. To enter: simply follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, share/retweet the competition graphic, and make sure you use the hashtag #6monthsoforkneygin. Failure to follow these steps might mean that we can't track your entry.
4. There is no cost to enter. 5. Each entrant can enter a maximum of three times (one entry per social media channel).
5. The winner of the competition will be selected at random from all complete entries and announced the week beginning Monday 25th November 2019.
6. No other correspondence will be entered into concerning the result and the Promoter's decision is final. Failure to claim your prize within 14 days will result in the prize being forfeited.
7. The prize is 1 x 70cl bottle of Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin, 1 x 70cl bottle of Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Gin, 1x 50cl bottle of Kirkjuvagr Aurora Gin, 1 x 50cl bottle of Kirkjuvagr Harpa Orkney Gin, 1 x 50cl bottle of Kirkjuvagr Beyla Gin, 1 x Fjórir Gift Set *Note: ORKNEY DISTILLING LIMITED WILL ONLY POST TO UK ADDRESSES.*
8. 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.
9. The Promoter and their agents accept no responsibility for difficulties experienced in submitting an entry to this promotion.
10. By entering this competition you consent to Orkney Distilling Limited using your name or social media handle in promotion of the competition after it closes.
11. Entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions by participating in this promotion.
12. This promotion and these terms are governed by Scottish law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts.
Promoter: Orkney Distilling Limited, Springfields, Berstane Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom, KW15 1SZ.
Pictured from left to right are Lord Duncan, UK Climate Change Minister; Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager at EMEC and Stephen Kemp, Owner of Orkney Distilling Ltd.
The HySpirits project has been awarded £148,600 of funding from the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to conduct a feasibility study into the development of technology to enable The Orkney Distillery to use hydrogen as a fuel to decarbonise the distilling process.
The project aims to investigate the development of a thermal fluid heater system to operate with hydrogen as the combustion fuel within the distilling process. This system will remove the need to use fossil fuels such as kerosene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), for the process.
The HySpirits study brings together three different organisations with a common drive to decarbonise energy. Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the other partners are Orkney Distilling Ltd, the site selected for hydrogen fuel integration, and Edinburgh Napier University who will assess the distillery site and develop the hydrogen system design and specification.
Funding for the HySpirits project was awarded after successfully competing in the Industrial Fuels Switching Competition run by BEIS earlier this year, which aims to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies.
Now in its second phase, the competition offers funding for feasibility studies looking into developing technologies to enable the use of a low-carbon fuel across industrial processes.
The winners of the Industrial Fuel Switching competition were announced on Thursday 29 August by Lord Duncan, in advance of a ministerial visit to Orkney.
Lord Duncan, Climate Change Minister, said:
“Using the power of hydrogen could help cut emissions, create jobs and make industrial processes cleaner and greener, benefitting the whole economy as we work towards net zero by 2050.
“This innovative project from HySprits/EMEC will help our efforts to roll out hydrogen at scale by the 2030s – a crucial step towards the end of the UK’s contribution to global warming.”
Hydrogen has been identified as an alternative fuel for energy intensive industrial processes, such as distilleries. If the technology and business case detailed in the feasibility study proves viable, this offers a substantial decarbonisation opportunity for the wider industry and The Orkney Distillery could become the world’s first hydrogen fuelled distillery.
Additionally, it is hoped that the findings of this study can be replicated across the sector with the added benefit that the technology will be designed to be retrofitted into existing infrastructure.
Stephen Kemp, Director of Orkney Distilling Ltd, said:
“As we look to the future development of The Orkney Distillery and our product offering, it is essential that we innovate in order to drive a low carbon, energy efficient spirit production process. This collaboration with EMEC and Edinburgh Napier University is incredibly exciting, and a world first for the industry.
Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager at EMEC, said:
“Working with a world class craft distillery, the HySpirits project blends tradition with innovation. Decarbonising the distilling process with green hydrogen derived from local renewables is a great example of the creative ways Orkney is addressing the challenges of the energy transition. We’re proud to be partnering with Orkney Distilling Ltd and Edinburgh Napier University on this transformational project.”
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 has brought together a partnership which has enabled the development and exploitation of a readily-deployable hydrogen technology which can make a significant impact across the process industries in order to help achieve our global objectives.”
Pictured are Lord Duncan, UK Climate Change Minister (left) and Stephen Kemp, Owner of Orkney Distilling Ltd (right).