Orkney Distilling

Kirkwall, 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
Strength: 43% vol
Distilled: Orkney Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

A sprig of mint, slice of lime, tonic and ice.

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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
Strength: 57% vol
Distilled: Orkney Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

A sprig of mint, neat over ice.

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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
Strength: 41% vol
Distilled: Orkney Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

Mixed summer berries, elderflower tonic and ice.

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