Summer of success for local gin companies

September 19th 2017

Orkney’s three gin producers have had a very successful summer, claiming a number of awards and medals at events across the UK.

It’s the first season that all three local producers – the Deerness Distillery, the Orkney Gin Company and Orkney Distilling – have been making and selling gin both in Orkney and further afield.

Both Sea Glass Gin and Into the Wild Vodka claimed awards this summer Both Sea Glass Gin and Into the Wild Vodka claimed awards this summer The Deerness Distillery opened its purpose-built premises in May and launched its first spirits soon after. It has just claimed ‘Global Luxury Spirit Masters’ silver medals for its Sea Glass Gin and Into the Wild Vodka. The awards only take super-premium spirits into consideration and are judged via blind tasting by a panel of leading spirits specialists.  

Stuart Brown from the Deerness Distillery said: ‘We’re delighted with the silver medals which have come following a lot of hard work from the team. It helps firmly stamp Orkney’s reputation as a leading spirits-producing island.’

It has been a successful summer for the Orkney Gin Company It has been a successful summer for the Orkney Gin Company Meanwhile the Burray based Orkney Gin Company is marking its own successes with the construction of its own new base. It too has had a number of successes this year, including gold and silver medals for its Mikkelmas and Johnsman gins at the 2017 Spirits Business Gin Masters.

Johnsmas also claimed its category title in the 2017 World Gin Awards in April. The Orkney Gin Company also introduced its new gin – Rhubarb Old Tom – this year.

In Kirkwall, the Orkney Distilling team have been busy building their new distillery and visitor centre in the centre of the town this year, with plans in place to have its new home ready next year. It also found time to launch a new product, Arkh-Angell Gin, alongside its signature Kirkjuvagr Gin.

Kirkjuvagr Gin claimed bronze at the Scottish Gin Awards recently Kirkjuvagr Gin claimed bronze at the Scottish Gin Awards recently


The business also recently claimed a bronze medal in the Best Distilled Gin category at the Scottish Gin Awards.

It has been an incredibly successful few months for our local gin producers, and it appears they’re all continuing to go from strength to strength. We can’t wait to see what they achieve next! 

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