Those of us who have been in low spirits since the closure of Montrose distillery can take heart from the arrival of a new vodka distillery at Arbikie.
Arbikie Farm, on Stirling family land between Montrose and Inverkeilor, is Scotland’s newest farm-to-bottle distillery and has started operation with the launch of a super-premium vodka.
Arbikie Vodka is the initial spirit to be produced, with whisky and gin to follow early in 2015. It is the first distillery in Scotland to produce both white and brown spirits that will grow all its own ingredients, ferment, distil, bottle, label and mature on site.
Under the Stirlings Arbikie has been a working family farm for four generations.
Brothers John, Iain and David Stirling, will distribute the spirit to premium/luxury retailers throughout the UK with future expansion planned into global markets.
With the capacity to produce 560 litres of pure alcohol daily, wide experience in the drinks industry, and a team of experts around them, the brothers are aiming for the high-end of the drinks market with super-premium products.
Unlike the majority of vodka, which is made with wheat, the Arbikie brand is made from potatoes, giving it a distinctive flavour and providing a slightly sweet, very creamy and exceptionally smooth taste. The distillery is reviving the traditions of an industry which took place on the site back in the 18th century. It uses copper pot stills to bring the time-honoured art of Scotch whisky distilling to the production of all its spirits, giving Arbikie Vodka a comparable quality and depth to whisky.
The potato vodka is created using Scottish water and a blend of three distinct and flavoursome potatoes: Maris Piper, King Edwards and Cultra. It has the added advantage of being gluten free.
Arbikie Vodka retails at £42 per bottle and is available through a variety of outlets detailed on the distillery website.
Arbikie Distillery can be found at www.arbikie.com