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Orkney Distilling
Berstane Road
KW15 1SZ
Tel. 07753 723100


United Kingdom

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Orkney Distilling Ltd is a fast growing, exciting company based in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Our first product, Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin is a premium quality spirit, reflective of our clear seas and pure air.

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Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Reflecting the boldness of our Norse ancestors, the clarity of our seas and the purity of our air, Kirkjuvagr is a hand-crafted Orkney gin for the modern, discerning gin enthusiast.

Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin 70cl

Reflecting the boldness of our Norse ancestors, the clarity of our seas and the purity of our air, Kirkjuvagr is a hand-crafted Orkney gin for the modern, discerning gin enthusiast.

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Mar 3, 2017


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Work is underway on Orkney Distilling Limited’s new artisan distillery and visitor centre in Kirkwall, with the facility expected to be open by late summer of this year.

The project, set to create between eight and 10 jobs locally, is being hailed as an important addition to Orkney’s diverse range of tourist attractions, ahead of a predicted major increase in visitor numbers to the islands.

Orkney Distilling Ltd was formed early last year by local couple Stephen and Aly Kemp, with the firm’s first gin, Kirkjuvagr, proving a huge success. Full production of Kirkjuvagr, which is now being sold throughout the country, will move to the new Kirkwall seafront distillery once operational. The company also has plans for further product lines, which it will reveal later this year.

Stephen Kemp, managing director of Orkney Distilling Ltd, said: “After months of planning, we’re really excited to see the project now underway. The first stage involves the careful removal of the existing dilapidated warehouse buildings on the Ayre Road site and, once cleared, we’ll be getting straight onto the foundation concrete pour for the new distillery and visitor centre. Our aim is to have the project completed by the end of August, with our focus then on training our new staff and gradually moving full production of Kirkjuvagr to Ayre Road.”

He added: “It’s always been our intention to create a project that both the local community and Orkney’s many visitors can enjoy. With a major increase in tourist numbers predicted for this year, along with a rise in cruise ship visits, there’s a real need for more high quality attractions in the county to enhance the experience of those travelling to our islands. We’ll be working hard to ensure our new distillery and visitor centre becomes an essential stop on any Orkney tour, as well as a place local folk will also want to come and enjoy.”


Aug 3, 2016


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Orkney’s new premium quality gin, Kirkjuvagr, will be officially revealed in Kirkwall this weekend, at one of the most keenly anticipated local product launches seen in recent years.

The gin has been created by Orkney Distilling Limited, run by Kirkwall couple Stephen and Aly Kemp, after months of painstaking research and recipe trials using a unique blend of Orcadian botanicals.

Demand for the new gin has been exceptionally high, with bars, shops and restaurants throughout Orkney and the Scottish mainland all keen to obtain a supply of Kirkjuvagr.

Kirkjuvagr is being hailed as “unmistakably Orcadian” in character, with its branding and marketing drawing on strong Norse and seafaring themes. The gin’s name means “Church Bay” in Old Norse, reflecting the Kemps’ desire to create a premium product that paid homage to the history of Orkney, while also appealing to the contemporary gin market.

“We’ve spent a very long time perfecting the recipe for Kirkjuvagr and are exceptionally pleased with the end result,” said Stephen Kemp. “We’ve worked closely with the Agronomy Institute of the University of the Highlands and Islands in Kirkwall to come up with a blend of local botanicals that we think will set Kirkjuvagr apart from other gins and we’d like to thank the team at the Institute for their input. All the feedback we’ve had so far in trial tastings has been incredibly positive, so we’re confident we’ve created a product that sits well amongst other premium spirit brands.”

Angelica is one of the key ingredients in the new gin, and the plant being used is one found in only a couple of specific locations in Orkney. This plant was taken here centuries ago by sailors from the Faroes and has been grown from seed at the Agronomy Institute’s site overlooking Kirkwall Bay.

Other ingredients include Ramanas Rose, Burnet Rose, Borage and, uniquely, traditional Orcadian bere barley.



“The Angelica’s Norse connection gave us a nice link to our Viking ancestors and we thought it was essential to use it in our recipe,” said Stephen. “We’ve also enjoyed incorporating it into our branding, the quality of which reflects the premium nature of Kirkjuvagr Gin. We’re particularly pleased with the final appearance of the packaging. It’s distinctive and instantly recognisable as an Orcadian product, but it’s one that will sit well in bars, shops and restaurants throughout the country.”

Stephen said full production of Kirkjuvagr would move to Kirkwall once Orkney Distilling Limited’s new Ayre Road distillery and visitor centre was completed next year.

Kirkjuvagr is being officially launched in The Brig Larder, Kirkwall, on Saturday 6 August, where the Orkney Distilling team will be on-site to showcase the new gin.

A competition to win one of three bottles of Batch 1 Kirkjuvagr is running on the new Orkney Distilling Limited website, www.orkneydistilling.com.

A short promotional video, made with the help of Orkney Rowing Club, is also available to view on the Kirkjuvagr Gin Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Orkneygin/

Aly Kemp added: “We’d like to take this opportunity, ahead of Kirkjuvagr’s official launch, to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Orkney community for their support over the past few months. We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of interest, particularly on our Facebook page, and we look forward to hearing what everyone thinks of our new gin. Hopefully, we’ve done Orkney proud.”


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