Arbikie Highland Estate is a farm to bottle distillery. This centuries-old method of making spirits is increasingly rare as big companies produce spirits as a global commodity. It is this traditional ethos that Arbikie have returned to.
The Arbikie Highland Estate distillery is a genuinely single-site operation – the ingredients for all their spirits are planted, sown, grown and harvested within an arms-length of the distillery. The mountain-filtered water is taken from their underground lagoon.
Records show distilling on this site dating back as far as 1794 – it is the farm-to-bottle culture used by these ancient distillers that inspired Arbikie’s distilling ethos.
Kirsty’s Gin is distilled using the carefully selected local botanicals chosen by Master Distiller, Kirsty Black. The kelp, carline thistle and blaeberry embody the elements of ocean, rock and land that surround the east coast and Angus farmlands. As fourth generation Scottish farmers, the team at the Arbikie Highland Estate perfectly nurture the crops that are used to distil their gin. They grow, distil and bottle on their single estate in a true farm to bottle operation.
Key Botanical(s): Kelp, Carline Thistle, Blaeberry
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A handful of blueberries, a squeeze of lemon juice, tonic and ice.
AK’S Gin is distilled using honey and wheat farmed at Arbikie, along with carefully selected botanicals chosen by their Master Distiller, Kirsty Black. As farmers, they perfectly nurture the ingredients used to distil the gin, giving both an amazing provenance as well as full traceability for their family of ultra-premium spirits. It is the creation of this truly unique spirit that sets Arbikie apart from other gins, as they grow, distil and bottle on their single-estate in a true field to bottle operation.
Key Botanical(s): Black Pepper, Mace, Cardamom
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of fresh thyme, orange zest, tonic and ice.