New Scottish distillery launches super-premium potato vodka


Arbikie bottle

A super-premium Scottish potato vodka has been launched by the new Arbikie distillery, with plans for a gin and a whisky.

It will be the first distillery in Scotland to produce both white and brown spirits that will grow all of its own ingredients, ferment, distil, bottle, label and mature on site.

Arbikie Vodka is smooth, slightly sweet and very creamy. It is created using clear Scottish water and a blend of three different potatoes to provide it with its distinct character: Maris Piper, King Edwards and Cultra.

The distillery is reviving the traditions of an industry which took place on the site in the 18th century, using copper pot stills in the style of scotch whisky production.

Arbikie Vodka is recommended for drinking simply with ice but also as a base for a Vodka Martini. Retailing at £42 per bottle, it is distributed by Gordon and MacPhail.

Arbikie Distillery is part of the Arbikie Highland Estate which is owned by the Stirling family who have been farming there for four generations. Overlooking Lunan Bay on the Angus coast, it grows the raw ingredients and distils and bottles its spirits on site.

Commercial director Iain Stirling said: “Scotland is a small country but with a world-class drinks industry. We saw a real opportunity to utilise Scotland’s acclaimed natural assets from its clear waters, rich crops and temperamental climate, alongside its renowned whisky heritage, to produce a new generation of exceptional quality spirits.

“As a family business, it is wonderful to have the freedom to be innovative. We believe that drinking should be no different than the way we eat, goodness from the ground up, from the farm to bottle.

“We have embraced the French concept of ‘terroir’, which describes how the natural elements of a place determine the characteristics of wine, to create exceptional spirits.

“Arbikie Vodka has a distinctive taste with the quality and passion of a whisky. We believe it will be a popular choice for discerning drinkers who are looking for exceptional quality and integrity of product.”

The team also includes finance and operations director John Stirling, brand director David Stirling and managing director Audrey Ramsay. Audrey and Iain previously held senior positions with Diageo, Whyte & Mackay and Jim Bean while David is a founding partner of two acclaimed New York restaurants.

Arbikie’s master distiller is Kirsty Black, aged 33, who achieved her masters degree in brewing and distilling with distinction and was also recognised as “best in class” by the Worshipful Company of Brewers. Kirsty has a breadth of industry experience having worked at the Caledonian Brewery producing Deuchars as well as in a leading micro-brewery and helping to create Pickerings Gin.

Pictured below are Iain, John and David Stirling at Arbikie Distillery.

Iain, John and David Stirling at Arbikie Distillery[227199]

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