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Arbikie Highland Estate

Inverkeilor, Angus, Scotland
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Arbikie Distillery draws from four centuries of farming experience within the Stirling Family. Developing from a dairy farm, to crops and then innovating to become one of the world’s few field-to-bottle distilleries. Perched by the scenic views of Lunan Bay, all ingredients for Arbikie spirits are planted, sown, grown and harvested in the surrounding 2,000 acres that make up the estate. The ingenious distilling team of Kirsty Black, Christian Perez and Mark McNulty are there to ensure that the history, tradition and provenance of Scottish distilling is built into the DNA of each Arbikie spirit.

Traceability back to the specific field of potatoes or grain that was used to grow raw materials allows the team to understand and control every step of the growing process, all with minimal ‘spirit miles’, being based on a single estate. Sustainability too is a huge focus for the distillery, starting at farm level; looking at new crops, new varieties and new farming techniques. For example, photovoltaic panels on the roof and distillation co-products being returned to the fields as natural fertilisers or being fed to cattle on the neighbouring farm. Starting with the utilisation of ‘wonky veg’, potatoes not deemed perfect enough for sale by large retailers but to the team at Arbikie, beautiful in their imperfections, turned into Tattie Bogle vodka – Scotland’s first potato vodka and the base spirit for Kirsty’s Gin.

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Kirsty's Gin

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.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Carline Thistle, Blaeberries, Sea Kelp
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A handful of blueberries, a squeeze of lemon juice, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled - Field to Bottle
Location: Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery, Angus, Scotland
Released: June 2015

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AK'S Gin

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.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Carline Thistle, Blaeberries, Sea Kelp
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of fresh thyme, orange zest, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled - Field to Bottle
Location: Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery, Angus, Scotland
Released: January 2017

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Nàdar Gin

Nàdar Gin is the world’s first carbon neutral, climate positive gin with a carbon footprint of -1.54 kg CO2e per 700ml bottle. Five years of research have went into creating the limited edition, experimental batch gin by head distiller Kirsty Black and her PhD studentship between Abertay University and The James Hutton Institute. The unique gin is made using a spirit distilled from peas, which need no synthetic nitrogen fertiliser to grow, unlike traditional crops used for creating a base alcohol spirit. The benefits of the humble pea are many including improved soil quality resulting in better growth and more efficient crops. Botanicals used in the distillation include lemongrass and citrus leaf, which deliver a fresh, fruity flavour profile and silky finish.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Citrus Leaf, Lemongrass
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A slice of lime, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled - Field to Bottle
Location: Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery, Angus, Scotland
Released: February 2020

Purchase: Click here to buy

Distillery

Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery

Transformed from the remains of an old cattle barn, Arbikie is the first single-estate distillery to distil all spirits in the same copper pot stills, with the vodka and gin spirit continuing their journey to a 40-plate distillation column. This distillation process means all Arbikie spirits reflect the traditional Scotch whisky method. Each spirit is distilled differently, with the base spirit for Arbikie gins being either double or triple distilled. Arbikie spirits are bottled, labelled and sealed on the estate. You will soon be able to see for yourself a sustainable, field-to-bottle distillery built around real craft, real ingredients and real people. Arbikie hopes to open their doors to the Arbikie Distillery Experience in 2021.

Details

Tour: No
Shop: No
Booking: Not currently open to the public but hoping to launch the Arbikie Distillery Experience in 2021

Address

Inverkeilor, Angus, Scotland
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