THE three brothers behind one of Scotland’s newest ‘farm-to-bottle’ distilleries have launched a ‘super-premium’ vodka made using potatoes grown on the family’s Highland estate.
Arbikie Vodka is the first spirit to be produced at the new distillery, which is part of the Arbikie Highland Estate on the Angus coast; whisky and gin are due to follow early next year.
Brothers Iain, John and David Stirling, whose family has farmed there for four generations, claim Arbikie is the first Scottish distillery to produce white and brown spirits that will grow all its own ingredients, ferment, distil, bottle, label and mature on site.
Described as “lightly sweet, very creamy and exceptionally smooth”, the vodka is produced using Scottish water and a blend of Maris Piper, King Edwards and Cultra potatoes, which is said to give it a “distinctive” flavour and mean it is gluten free.
The spirit is being distributed by Gordon & MacPhail.
Arbikie commercial director Iain Stirling said the vodka has a “comparable quality and depth to Scotch”.
“We believe that drinking should be no different than the way we eat – goodness from the ground up, from the farm to bottle,” he said. “Arbikie Vodka has a distinctive taste with the quality and passion of a whisky.”