Orkney Distillery launches explorer-inspired gin

13th October, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Scotland’s Orkney Distillery has partnered with a team of rowers to create a new gin to help fund their expedition across the Arctic Ocean next year.

Northwest Passage Expedition Gin is bottled at 42% ABV

The new Northwest Passage Expedition Gin has been created to help raise money towards a row of the Northwest Passage, the sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which passes through the Arctic Ocean.

Next summer, a team of skilled ocean rowers will attempt to be the first to navigate the Northwest Passage by rowing boat.

Leven Brown, seven-time ocean-rowing Guinness World Record holder and expedition leader, said: “We are thrilled to launch Northwest Passage Expedition Gin to support our 2021 expedition and raise awareness for ocean conservation. This is our first step towards making history.”

The new expression is made with botanicals from the shores of Orkney and the Hudson Bay in Canada. It is said to pay tribute to the explorers who sought to find a new route to Asia.

The gin uses botanicals such as sugar kelp, angelica, ramanas rose and burnet rose.

Stephen Kemp, co-founder of The Orkney Distillery, said: “The creation of Northwest Passage Expedition Gin has been inspirational and we are thrilled to have been part of something so exciting.

“The result is a high-quality gin, created using a selection of botanicals rooted in history and from the same water source that supplied the ships of Captain Cook and Sir John Franklin. We hope existing and new gin drinkers will enjoy it.”

Furthermore, the rowing team will also take part in data collection for non-profit organisation the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup, which will be used for future research.

Northwest Passage Expedition Gin is available to buy online from Orkney Distillery, priced at RRP £39.95 (US$52) per 700ml bottle.

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