Arbikie launches strawberry vodkaBy Nicola Carruthers
Arbikie Highland Estate, producer of Scotland’s “first” potato vodka, has unveiled a limited edition strawberry vodka for the festive period.
Distilled using this summer’s fresh strawberries locally-grown next to the distillery, Arbikie Strawberry Vodka is bottled at 50% abv.
According to Arbikie, each release has its own unique vintage as no two crops of strawberries are the same. The fresh strawberries change subtly in flavour each year depending on the season’s mix of soft Scottish summer sun and variable east coast weather.
Arbikie distiller Christian Perez commented: “We were keen to create a unique a vodka using only fresh produce with local strawberries. We used wheat grown on the farm to make the vodka that provides distinctive notes of butterscotch and biscuit characteristics.
“At 50% abv not only do you get a great base spirit for cocktails but an incredibly smooth and fresh tasting vodka.”
Arbikie global brand ambassador Alex Forsyth, added: “The feedback we received at the world-renowned London Cocktail Week was overwhelming, everyone commented how unique the vodka is. There is this fresh strawberry aroma which lends itself to great martini and champagne cocktails!”
Suggested serve is a twist on a classic Martini with black pepper and fresh mint.
Arbikie Strawberry Vodka is available at an RRP of £45 for a 50cl bottle.
In December last year, international fine wine and spirits broker, Fine + Rare, launched a scheme whereby consumers can invest in a barrel of first-release whisky from the Arbikie Distillery in Scotland.