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This Old Tom style pink gin combines rare Orcadian honey with fresh Scottish raspberries. Beyla - named after the Norse goddess of bees - continues Orkney Distilling’s distinctive brand themes, which draw inspiration from the Viking and seafaring heritage of the islands. Fresh Scottish raspberries bring extra fruitiness and colour to the 40% ABV Beyla, developed from Orkney Distilling’s signature Kirkjuvagr Gin, while balancing the sweetness brought by the island honey.
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 signature recipe, which came to market in August 2016.
Old Tom Gin
Old Tom Gin is a style of gin that’s had a resurgence in recent years. Old Tom Gins can be described as being similar to London Dry Gins expect sweeter. Normally, sugars, honey or sweet syrups are added in the distillation or post-distillation to create a sweet style gin that retains botanical flavours but is underpinned with sweet notes on the palate.
After years of planning and construction, Stephen and Aly Kemp, the couple behind Orkney Distilling, 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, where their range of Kirkjuvagr gins are made. As well as housing a bar, cafe, shop, tasting room and tour, the distillery includes a production area with two traditional alembic copper pot stills and room for bottling and storage.