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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.
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.
London Dry Gin
London Dry Gin is both a flavour profile and a production method. London Dry Gins tend to follow the traditional, classic flavour of piney juniper, citrus and spice. Alongside juniper, botanicals in London Dry Gin often include orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, citrus peel and coriander, among the core botanicals. The result is a dry gin that features piney juniper along with bursts of citrus and warming spice and earthy, dry notes from use of botanicals such as cassia bark and coriander. Nothing synthetic can be added like flavourings or colours and nothing can be added post distillation apart from water and a tiny amount of sugar meaning all flavours come from distillation.
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 triple-distilled. Arbikie spirits are bottled, labelled and sealed on the estate.