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Orkney Distilling moves into pink gin with Beyla

Scotland’s Orkney Distilling is set to release an Old Tom-style pink gin, which is made with Orcadian honey and Scottish raspberries.

Orkney Distlling’s new Beyla gin will launch on World Gin Day

The expression, called Beyla, is named after the Norse goddess of bees. The Orcadian honey is sourced from bees that frequent the distillery’s garden.

Beyla is the fifth offering from Kirkwall-based Orkney Distilling and like the rest of the range, draws inspiration from the Viking and seafaring heritage of the Orkney islands.

Bottled at 40% abv, Beyla is developed from Orkney Distilling’s flagship Kirkjuvagr Gin, which launched in August 2016.

The addition of fresh Scottish raspberries is said to bring “extra fruitiness and colour” to the gin “while balancing the sweetness” from the honey.

“Orkney provenance is hugely important to us, across all elements of our business, from the inspiration for our branding to our locally grown botanicals,” said Orkney Distilling’s managing director, Stephen Kemp.

“In Norse mythology, Beyla was the goddess of bees, with a strong connection to the earth, and we share that bond with the Orkney landscape.

“When we learned that one of our friends, who is a local beekeeper, was producing honey from bees flying a path over, and frequenting, our botanical crops, we jumped at the chance to incorporate it into our latest gin.

“It just deepens the significance of the product in terms of how it connects with our brand themes and ideals. We also believe customers appreciate the authentic provenance and quality of our ingredients.

“Beyla is our first move into the fruit gin market and is a spirit that both holds its own as a distinctive new offering to the marketplace, while also seamlessly fitting in with our developing range.”

Beyla will launch on World Gin Day this Saturday (8 June). It will be available from Orkney Distilling’s online shop, its distillery and visitor centre and independent retailers across Scotland.

In July last year, the Orkney Distillery opened in Kirkwall after two years of planning and construction.

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