Arbikie launches their latest ‘Field-to-Bottle’ Gin in time for Burns Night
We are thrilled to introduce our latest product ‘AK’S Gin’ named after Alexander Kirkwood Stirling, the father of Arbikie owners Iain, John and David.
‘AK’S Gin’ is distilled using honey and wheat farmed at Arbikie along with black pepper, mace and cardamom. As farmers, we are very aware of the importance bee’s play in pollinating crops with recent figures suggesting they are worth £1.8 billion to the UK agriculture industry each year. With wild bees under threat we plan to install our own hives to produce the required honey as well as pollinating the surrounding land.
We were delighted to work with Colin Smith a leading beekeeper and secretary of the East of Scotland Beekeepers’ Association. His apiary, which has eight hives in summer, is located in trees surrounded by agricultural land in the Angus countryside. The bees also forage in the formal and productive gardens of an adjacent historic castle, on a selection of trees including chestnut, sycamore and lime and the wild flowers on the cliffs south of Lunan bay. Colin’s guidance was invaluable in developing AKs gin.
Production Manager Christian Perez commented:
“We chose our Viscount variety of wheat because it gave us a beautiful, buttery character. Coupled with our fresh honey, ‘AK’s Gin’ is incredibly smooth lending itself to a great gin and tonic and an amazing base spirit for cocktails.”
With Burns Night fast approaching we were keen to launch our tribute to the ‘Father of Arbikie’ when one of the world’s most famous farmer’s sons, Rabbie Burns is celebrated across the globe.
Director John Stirling commented:
“We’re delighted that ‘AK’s Gin can be enjoyed as part of the ‘Burns Night’ celebrations. Our Dad is an inspiration to us and we wanted to create a gin that reflected his character and our family’s farming roots. He’s farmed all his life and is proud that we are distilling using our family’s own crops and is keen that we share that unique provenance with our Arbikie customers on-going.”
RRP is £35 and will be available across selected stockists in the UK or buy online with free delivery. BUY NOW