Orkney Distilling

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
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Founded in 2016, Orkney Distilling was established by Stephen and Aly Kemp, a husband and wife team based in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney. Stephen and Aly had the idea of creating a spirit that connected the name and heritage of Kirkwall and Orkney with a product that could be seen all around the world and featured local Orcadian botanicals.

They set to work researching the different botanicals and worked closely with with the University of the Highland and Islands’ Agronomy Institute to perfect their recipe. After years of planning and construction, the couple saw their dream become a reality in July 2018, when they opened their impressive Orkney Distillery and Visitor Centre on Kirkwall’s iconic harbour front.

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Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Created to reflect the boldness of Orkney’s Norse ancestors, the clarity of the seas and the purity of the air. A local legend states that the botanical Angelica was brought to the island by one of the many ships and groups of Vikings who visited the island. Angelica is now one of the defining ingredients, complementing a distinctive blend of local botanicals, including ramanas rose, burnet rose and borage. Uniquely, they’ve also used traditional Orkney bere barley in the signature gin recipe.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Angelica, Ramanas Rose, Borage
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of mint, slice of lime, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Orkney Distillery, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Storm Strength Orkney Gin

Arkh-Angell retains the smoothness and characteristics of the original Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin but the increased strength brings new depths to its complex flavour profile. Arkh-Angell is a tribute to generations of island seafarers and carries the name of a local fishing boat that has a place close to the heart of many Orcadians. The locally grown variety of Norwegian angelica, called Archangelica, was taken to the Islands centuries ago by sailors from the North.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Angelica, Ramanas Rose, Borage
Gin Style: London Dry, Navy Strength
Strength: 57% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of mint, neat over ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Orkney Distillery, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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Kirkjuvagr Harpa Orkney Gin

Harpa, like Kirkjuvagr Original and Arkh-Angell Storm Strength, is a traditional distilled gin, but is a bit lighter and slightly sweeter. Harpa, in Old Norse, means 'welcome the light' and is a nod to the glorious Orkney spring and summer where they have almost perpetual sunlight. To achieve the lighter sweeter flavour, they increased the juniper, citrus and aronia berry count - it is much more notably 'juniper-led' than its counterparts.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Aronia Berry
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 41% vol
Goes great with: Mixed summer berries, elderflower tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Orkney Distillery, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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Kirkjuvagr Aurora Orkney Gin

In Orkney, the appearance of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, marks the start of the journey towards the long, dark nights of an island winter. This Aurora edition seeks to bring extra warmth and spice to those dark, crisp evenings under the stars.  Ground cinnamon, nutmeg and whole cloves provide the warm spice whilst pink and black peppercorns provide a lasting tongue-tingling presence in the finish.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pink Peppercorns
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 42% vol
Goes great with: A wedge of orange, a cinnamon stick, ginger ale and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Orkney Distillery, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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Distillery

The Orkney Distillery

Situated on the seafront of Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital, The Orkney Distillery houses a bar, shop, tasing room and the distillery. The distillery blends into its surroundings with its traditional saw tooth roof and you’ll find a range of drinks available at the bar. Discover more about the Kirkjuvagr range of gins and the distillation process on their tour. Get an insight into botanicals and enjoy a tasting session in the tasting room, which overlooks Kirkwall harbour. Once you’re done you can browse the shop, which is well stocked with gifts and there’s lots of seating for you to enjoy a gin, tea or coffee. The gin making experience involves spending the afternoon crafting your own gin using a miniature still under careful direction before being bottled and finished with a bespoke label. The experience also includes complimentary gin tastings, tonics and nibbles from local food producers.

Details

Tour: Yes
Gin School: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Bar: Yes
Shop: Yes
Booking: Distillery tours run at 11am and 2pm daily with exception of Sundays. Please contact 01856 875338 or info@orkneydistilling.com for general enquiries. You can book a tour or gin making experience here

Address

Ayre Road, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, KW15 1QX - View on Google Maps
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