Gary and Andrea, Orcadians and husband and wife, started making homemade gin as a Christmas gift for family and friends. Realising how much they enjoyed the process and going by the feedback they received from family and friends, The Orkney Gin Company was established.
When setting up the business. Gary and Andrea knew they wanted to create something truly original but with a sense of heritage and connection to the surrounding land. They opted for the cold-compounding method for creating their gins which is very time consuming. They believe this provides more opportunity to mange the quality and flavours being created. The couple are currently putting the finishing touches to their new purpose built distillery on the island where they will continue to distill, bottle and label each bottle by hand.
Johnsmas Gin presented in a reusable stoneware bottle is inspired by the long, clear days of an Orkney Summer where the sun barely sets behind the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. Fragrant, fresh and light, Johnsmas Gin is crafted using a variety of handpicked seasonal botanicals from the islands and beyond to capture the clean and refreshing floral notes of midsummer. Traditionally marked by bonfires, festivals, and music, this time of year is steeped in traditional Orkney folklore.
Key Botanical(s): Orange, Heather, Rose, Mint
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 41.3% vol
Goes great with: A slice of red apple or lime, tonic and ice.
Mikkelmas Gin presented in a reusable stoneware bottle is inspired by The Mikkel Feast, or the Feast of St Michael, traditionally celebrated by Orcadians from 29th September to 12th October. This celebration marks the end of the harvest and summer. The tradition still exists today with most parishes still hosting their own Harvest Home, a traditional meal and dance that lasts long into the night. Bold, seasonal botanicals are used to capture the warming autumnal spirit of Mikkelmas in a spicy, silky smooth gin.
Key Botanical(s): Cinnamon, Rose Hip, Heather Berries
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 41.3% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange or fresh ginger, ginger beer and ice.
Rhubarb Old Tom presented in a reusable stoneware bottle is inspired by the Orcadian Summer. Made in the traditional Old Tom style, which originates from the 18th century, this is a soft and lightly sweetened gin. Botanicals include juniper, cinnamon, rose and Seville orange peel all infused in large quantities of chopped rhubarb.
Key Botanical(s): Rhubarb, Rose, Cinnamon
Gin Style: Old Tom
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: Fresh raspberries, tonic or ginger beer and ice.
This is a limited edition of only 1000 bottles. Johannistag is a first for Scottish Gin – it’s both a Navy Strength and an Old Tom style gin. Johannistag uses Orcadian honey sourced in nearby Shapinsay to create the slightly sweeter taste. The botanicals reflect Orkney’s summer months including juniper, honey, rose and heather. Johannistag is also German for Mid Summers Day or St Johns Day. A percentage of the profits raised from the sale of Johannistag will be donated to Orkney’s RNLI, a vital service that was officially established in 1972. The crews have been awarded three medals for gallantry during their lifesaving history.
Key Botanical(s): Honey, Rose, Heather
Gin Style: Navy Strength, Old Tom
Strength: 57% vol
Goes great with: Clementine, tonic and ice.
The modern, purpose built distillery has been a labour of love for Gary, Andrea and their family. Their gin making started of life in their kitchen where they would cold compound their gins. They had always planned to build their own distillery so they could keep up with demand and provide a space for product development. The distillery, along with cold compounding equipment, also features a 500L still, which will be used to create a range of spirits. Currently the distillery is closed to members of the public.
Booking: Not open to the public
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