Scottish farm distillery Arbikie Highland Estate has extended its range of vodkas that highlight the terroir of the ingredients used.
Arbikie’s 2017 Vintage Fresh Strawberry Vodka is distilled using fresh strawberries and zulu wheat grown on the family farms on the north-east coast of Scotland.
At a punchy 50% ABV, it is another seasonal release that focuses on the terroir of the distillery and the crops grown on its 2,000-acre farm and follows the 2016 vintage of the strawberry vodka.
Arbikie’s terroir-inspired releases started with Tattie Bogle, made with the farm’s Maris Piper, King Edward and Cultra potatoes, followed most recently by Haar vodka made from zula wheat.
According to Arbikie, each release has its own unique vintage, as no two crops of strawberries are the same. The fresh strawberries change subtly in flavour each year depending on the season’s mix of soft Scottish summer sun and variable east coast weather, leading to delicate differences in each vintage.
Arbikie’s distiller Christian Perez-Solar said: “We were keen to create a unique vodka using fresh strawberries and wheat grown on the farms to make the vodka that provides distinctive notes of butterscotch and biscuit characteristics. At 50% ABV not only do you get a great base spirit for cocktails but an incredibly smooth and fresh-tasting vodka.”
After the success of last year’s release, Arbikie is producing a limited edition of 2,500 50cl bottles. It is recommended for the suggested serve of the Arbikie Strawberry Fizz.
The strawberry vodka has already impressed Marian Beke, owner of leading London cocktail bar The Gibson, who commented: “Arbikie Strawberry Vodka is a beautiful product, a surprise in a bottle. The quality of Arbikie products is exceptional.”
Arbikie is a single-estate distillery producing vodka, gin and scotch, dubbed “field to bottle” as it grows all the ingredients on its farm, distils from scratch, and matures and bottles the spirits all in the one location.
Arbikie Strawberry Fizz
20ml Arbikie Strawberry
Juice of half a lime
5ml Sugar syrup
Top up with ice-chilled champagne/prosecco or rosé champagne.