New Scottish vodka by Arbikie

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A super-premium Scottish potato vodka has been launched by Arbikie, Scotland’s newest farm-to-bottle distillery.  Arbikie Vodka is the initial spirit to be produced at the new distillery, 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.

Owned by the Stirling family, which has been farming there for four generations, Arbikie Distillery is part of the Arbikie Highland Estate. The single estate distillery, overlooking Lunan Bay on the Angus coast, grows the raw ingredients, distils and bottles its spirits on site, giving each spirit a premium, nurtured quality.

The new, Arbikie Vodka is distilled to a very specific level for a unique taste. The company said it has a ” lightly sweet, very creamy and exceptionally smooth” taste.  It is created using clear Scottish water and a blend of three distinct and flavoursome potatoes: Maris Piper, King Edwards and Cultra.

Unlike the majority of vodka, which is made with wheat, the Arbikie brand is distilled from potatoes, giving it a distinctive flavour, as well as making it gluten free. 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 Scotch.

Aimed at the discerning vodka drinker, Arbikie Vodka is made to enjoy simply with ice, but is also spectacular as the basis for an iconic Martini. It retails at £42 per bottle and is available UK-wide through major retail outlets distributed by Gordon and MacPhail.

Iain Stirling, Arbikie Commercial Director, 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.”