In a nutshell: A well balanced and flavourfilled small batch gin from the Orkney Islands.
The lowdown: Made with locally sourced botanicals including Ramanas Rose, Burnet Rose, Borage and Angelica it has sweet aromas of sherbet, lemons and pine followed by a spicy palate leading up to a floral, smooth and nicely lingering finish. While it makes a great martini, served simply with, ice, tonic and a sliver of orange peel it can't be beaten.
Orkney Distilling was launched in August 2016 by native Orcadians Stephen Kemp and his wife Aly in their home town of Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands.
Their gins go under the name 'Kirkjuvagr' (pronounced 'kirk-u-vaar') which is the Viking name for Kirkwall and means 'chuirch in the bay'. They operate from a new distillery in the centre of Kirkwall which is also a visitor centre with a tasting room and offers people the chance to get a hands on look at the distilling process.
Their products are unashamedly premium spirits made in small batches in 100 litre stills. The botanicals they use are of simlilar high quality and are sourced in conjunction with their association with the Agronomy Institute of the University of the Highlands and Islands.