Silver lining for Orkney Distilling’s Arkh-Angell Storm Strength gin

Orkney Distilling’s Arkh-Angell ‘Storm Strength’ gin has won a prestigious Silver Medal at this year’s Scottish Gin Awards in Glasgow.

The 57-per-cent gin took home the prize in the Navy Strength Gin of the Year category of the top industry awards, held last night.

Distilled in Orkney, Arkh-Angell is hailed as Orkney Distilling’s tribute to island seafarers, with the company using a locally grown variety of Norwegian angelica, called Archangelica, as a key ingredient.

Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell gin, from Orkney Distilling

Stephen Kemp, managing director of Orkney Distilling Limited, said: “This is a massive achievement for our business and we’re all immensely proud. Our signature Kirkjuvagr Gin took home a Bronze medal from the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards last year, so for Arkh-Angell to go one better and win a Silver is absolutely fantastic and testament to the efforts of all our team here in Orkney.”

In total, 46 producers and 80 gins progressed to the final stage of the national competition, which celebrates Scotland’s booming gin industry.

Covering 18 categories, the awards assessed taste and business performance and were judged earlier this year in two sessions by one of the most experienced gin tasting panels ever assembled in the UK.

Twenty-two tasters including Master Distillers from some of the UK’s biggest gin brands and the UK’s leading professors in distilling, blind tasted and graded every sample under strict technical conditions, adjudicated by sensory management experts, Cara Technology.  One hundred and sixteen gins, all distilled in Scotland, were assessed – a 52% increase in the number of gins entered last year.

Louis Wright, Orkney Distilling’s head of production, added: “Earlier this year we opened our new distillery and visitor centre in Kirkwall, so we’re very much looking forward to getting this award back home to the islands and giving it pride of place on our wall!”

Orkney Distillery exterior
Orkney Distilling’s Kirkwall distillery and visitor centre

The Orkney Gin Festival 2018 – organised by Orkney Distilling in partnership with The Old Library – was also shortlisted for the Scottish Gin Event of the Year accolade.


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