A super-premium gin has been launched by distillery Arbikie in the Scottish Highlands, created to embody “elements of the ocean, rock and land”.
Kirsty’s Gin is named after master distiller Kirsty Black (pictured below) who has been developing the gin for over two years. She has set out to reflect the farm estate in Angus where the distillery is located, with 2,000 acres stretching out to Lunan Bay.
With a traditional juniper base, the gin is made with three traditional Scottish botanicals: kelp seaweed, carline thistle and blueberries (also known as bilberries) which are all grown wild in the Angus area.
It is distilled using Arbikie’s potato vodka as a base, giving it an extra smooth and distinctive taste, and bottled at 43% ABV.
Arbikie released its potato vodka last year, made with clear Scottish water and a blend of three distinct and flavoursome potatoes: Maris Piper, King Edward and Cultra.
The company is reviving the site’s distillery tradition, which dates back to the 18th century, using copper pot stills in the same way as traditional scotch whisky distilling.
Aimed at the discerning gin drinker, Kirsty’s Gin is made to enjoy simply with ice but also works well in a gin and tonic and in cocktails. It has a recommended price in retail of £35 per bottle and is distributed through Gordon & MacPhail.
Kirsty said: “I wanted to create something truly unique with a particular focus on Scottish botanicals, inspired by the environment of the distillery and the Angus region.
“Not many distillers get the chance to have a drink named after them so I hope all the gin enthusiasts out there enjoy drinking it as much as I enjoyed making it.
“I’m delighted to see two years of hard work culminate in Kirsty’s Gin. I would like to thank all those who helped me along the way, in particular Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Botanics and the Forfar Botanists.”
One of its first accounts is Gin 71 in Glasgow. General manager Eileen Lynch said: “Kirsty’s Gin is fantastic and we absolutely love it here at Gin 71. Its unique taste and smooth texture makes it a great gin, not only in cocktails but also straight over ice.
“We already have some behind the bar and we definitely recommend all gin enthusiasts to pop in and try Scotland’s first farm-to-bottle gin.”
Arbikie commercial director Iain Stirling said: “It is great to see yet another stunning drink produced by Kirsty and the team. This is Scotland’s first farm-to-bottle gin, which further adds to our growing reputation of producing luxury spirits of superior quality and taste.”