Top 10 Scottish spirits that aren’t Scotch

23rd January, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

Arbikie

Based on the east coast of Angus, Arbikie Highland Estate has been an influential proponent of Scotland’s single estate movement since the launch of its inaugural vodka in 2014. The family-run farm distillery grows different styles of wheat and potatoes to distill its base spirits, and sources as many other ingredients as possible from within its grounds. All products are fermented, distilled, bottled, labelled and (when necessary) matured on-site.

Arbikie Vodka is created using a blend of Maris Piper, King Edward and Cultra potatoes. Two limited edition bottlings – Arbikie Chilli Vodka and Arbikie Strawberry Vodka – have subsequently been launched. In 2015, the estate launched Kirsty’s Gin, which is named after master distiller Kirsty Black and is distilled from Arbikie Vodka using estate-grown botanicals. Earlier this month, Arbikie unveiled AK’s Gin, which is named after Alexander Kirkwood Stirling, the father of Arbikie owners Iain, John and David, and is distilled from estate-grown Viscount wheat.

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