Why inspired you to create a new gin?
Orkney is a unique place with inspirational scenery, amazing ingredients, and produce. We wanted to create a gin which reflected the traditional methods of gin production, using the ingredients right on our doorstep. We are very proud of our Orcadian heritage; this comes across in each of our gins – from our distinct Orcadian logo with its simplistic Scandinavian design, to the botanicals which are carefully hand-picked within walking distance of our home.
How did you get from the idea to the finished product?
Many years of making very small batches of gin for our friends and family. Lots of gin tasting, endless obsessive research and hard work.
What is are the distillery and distillation process like?
Our gin is produced using the age old bathtub method. At the moment the gin is made in our family home. We make ultra-small batches – which are continually checked and tasted – before filtering several times, and bottling by hand.
What is a normal day like at Orkney Gin Company?
Our normal day is very varied and busy. It can include anything from admin and emails to full on production, bottling and labelling. We are currently working on plans for a new home – which will have separate premises for gin production. We take great pride in the fact that this is a family run business – meaning myself, my wife, Andrea, and our children all muck in where needed!
What did you do before you started Orkney Gin Company?
I still work for a local ferry company – which works well as I work shifts. Andrea recently gave up her job within the local council to work full time for Orkney Gin Company.
How would you describe your gins in 3 words?
Our Johnsmas Gin is: Fresh, Fragrant, Floral
Our Mikkelmas Gin is: Smooth, Warming, Unique
What makes Orkney Gin different?
Our gin is made from 7 times distilled premium grain spirit, using hand picked botanicals from our stunning surroundings. The bathtub style requires no heat, which gives our gin a completely unique taste, Like no other!
What is the best way to drink your gins?
Johnsmas Gin - Fever Tree tonic water, lots of ice and a slice of either lime, orange or apple.
Mikkelmas Gin - Fever Tree tonic water, lots of ice, a slice of orange and a thin slice of fresh ginger. Its also very good with Ginger Ale and makes a lovely hot toddy.
What are your favourite gins (other than your own!)?
We love gin, so it’s hard to choose! Bathtub Old Tom Gin, Esker Gin and Forest Dry Gin are all amazing.
What's next for Orkney Gin Company?
Building new premises is our priority at the moment! We have a few exciting commissions in the pipeline. We are very excited to have won the World Gin Awards 2017 – as a Category Winner – so our next step is to spread the word!