The Jarron family, have farmed the land at Hatton of Ogilvy farm since 1910. People provide the farm’s pulse. Graeme Jarron heads up Ogilvy’s operations, alongside wife Caroline; a fusion of rustic know-how and metropolitan chic that’s proved a fruitful mix. Keeping it in the family, Graeme’s father Eric still harvests the potatoes, which grow a stone’s throw from the farmhouse B&B run by his mother, Grace.
The conceptual seed for Ogilvy potato vodka was sown some years ago amid thoughts of diversification and a desire to pursue something new. One winter’s night, Graeme started researching potato vodka, which eventually led to a call to the brewing and distilling boffins at Heriot-Watt University. Before too long, the Ogilvy Farm tattie trials were underway.
Thanks to their potatoes’ prime qualities, and a lot of perseverance, distillery plans started to progress. In early 2014 building began in earnest, with Graeme insisting on digging the foundations himself. By summer the still house was complete, ready for its custom-built still from John Dore & Co (the world’s oldest still maker). Now, after much toiling and testing, the perfect ending to our story is ready; let the labours of family hands fill a glass with a special spirit that’s nurtured, distilled, bottled and bonded on one Scottish farm.
The climax to Ogilvy's vodka production is charcoal filtration. They filter the vodka for up to a week using traditional charcoal, before ‘polishing’ it using a 1-micron sheet filter. Along with their painstaking distilling process, it ensures a smooth, mellow vodka with maximum taste integrity.