Distiller Arbikie expands range with new gin using Angus ingredients

Kirsty Black, Arbikie's master distiller, whom Kirsty's Gin is named after.
Kirsty Black, Arbikie's master distiller, whom Kirsty's Gin is named after.

A premium Scottish gin has been launched by the maker of Scotland’s first potato vodka.

Named after master distiller at family-run Arbikie, Kirsty’s Gin is distilled from made the company’s award potato vodka on their 2000-acre farm stretching out to Lunan Bay.

The gin described as sticking to a traditional juniper base, with three traditional Scottish botanics, Kelp, Carline Thistle and blaeberrys, all of which grow wild in the Angus area.

Kirsty Black, Arbikie’s master distiller, whom the gin is named after, has been developing the spirit for more than two years.

She said: “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.

“I wanted to create something truly unique with a particular focus on Scottish botanicals, inspired 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.”

Kirsty received her Masters degree from Heriot-Watt University and is one of the few female master distillers in the country.

Kirsty’s Gin is the second spirit to be released by Arbikie following the launch of Scotland’s first potato vodka, which was awarded ‘Best Vodka’ at the Paris ‘Cocktail Spirits’ Awards in 2015.

It will be distributed throughout the UK by Gordon and MacPhail.

Launched last year by brothers David, Iain and John Stirling, Arbikie is Scotland’s first farm to bottle distillery.

The company ferments, distils, bottles and labels its products at their farm overlooking Lunan Bay.

Iain Stirling, Commercial Director, 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.

“We are confident that Kirsty’s Gin will prove a success in the market place and already we are targeting key international markets.”