Arbikie Highland Estate is a family-owned working farm perched on the east coast of Angus. Here, the crop is king. They painstakingly plant, sow, tend and harvest the fields and farms that make up Arbikie. They are craftsmen of the soil. This is an estate profoundly shaped by its environment: the red sandstone-tinted soil, the powerful sea and the turbulent weather give Arbike a character found nowhere else. And here, situated where land meets sea, sits our distillery – created from an ancient barn, this place has all the ingredients required to produce spirits of the highest quality. The Stirling family has been farming at Arbikie for four generations. From father to son, they have gained an intuitive understanding of the land, sowing and harvesting the crops that now create Arbikie’s spirits.
Think of all the tradition and passion involved in the making of single malt whisky – now think of that same energy going into the making of vodka. All would be futile without adding the finest ingredients. The potatoes are grown in their own fields (Maris Piper, King Edward and Cultra varieties) and picked at a time that ensures their creamy character stays alive all the way to the bottle.
They also apply that same care and craft to the distilling – using a copper still and water filtered through the Angus hills. The result is a truly exceptional vodka with an ultra-smooth and velvety taste. It is an experience to sip and savour.
Why a Crystal Head bottle? According to legend, thirteen Crystal skulls held by native tribes in the Americas, the Navajo, Aztec and Maya, can be used to project positive energy and enlightenment. Inspired by this legend, Crystal Head's founders, Dan Ackroyd and John Alexander sought to craft a bottle worthy of one of the world’s purest vodkas. A symbol of life, reflecting power and enlightenment, to hold their award-winning white spirit of super natural purity. Crystal Head contains no additives. No glycerol, citrus oils or sugars. Nothing is added to enhance or mask the taste.
Crystal Head is produced in St. John’s, Newfoundland - an island located off the Canadian coast. It is there that the raw spirit is reduced with Newfoundland glacial water to 40% alcohol by volume. This distillery is a superb facility, with exacting quality-control standards.
The highest quality peaches and cream corn is distilled four times into a neutral grain spirit and blended with pristine water from Newfoundland, Canada to make Crystal Head Vodka. The liquid is then filtered seven times, of which three are through layers of semi precious crystals known as Herkimer diamonds. Herkimer diamonds are semi-precious quartz crystals. Beautiful examples of the planet’s crystalline deposits, these stones have no colored rutilations. The most significant deposit occurs in Herkimer County, New York. New Age belief systems profess that quartz crystals emit positive energy and are known to have properties that promote human healing and wellbeing.
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.
V Gallery Coconut is made using the finest five times distilled Italian vodka. Why? Because they are perfectionists and want the purest of the pure, crystal clear Italian vodka every time, every serve. The incredible ingredients and flavours are nothing short of full on fabulous! How you drink it is entirely up to you. Whether it be naked on the rocks or rocking out with a retro cocktail - it will be your choice.
This vodka delivers a clean and generous flavour of coconut. It is definitely tropical in character. V Gallery Coconut is a delicious pick me up when served neat, or alternatively can be mixed to create a fantastic daiquiri.
Aivy Blue Triple Grain vodka is perfect for consumers looking for a neutral vodka but with a distinctive grain character. The melody and harmonies in the flavour of Aivy Blue delight the tastebuds.
The initial bite of rye is entirely removed by the interplay with barley, giving a big hit of luscious, sweet rye and the fruitiness of the barley, fading gradually to a finish of aniseed and just a touch of citrus. This is probably the best multi-grain vodka you’ll every taste. Master Blender Peter Carslon has applied his trademark “Melody and Harmonies” philosophy to an unflavoured vodka. Welcome to the unique taste of three fine Swedish grains.
Aivy Red is a delicious flavoured vodka with intensely fruity flavours of lemon, lime and pomegranate.
Using crystal clear premium Swedish vodka, Aivy Red is the careful marriage of wheat based triple distilled vodka and three subtle flavours. This unique flavoured concept has enjoyed great success in Sweden and has gained the admiration of bartenders and mixologists by being exceptionally versatile both in simple drink combinations as well as complex and delicate cocktail creations.
Cariel Vodka is a Super Premium vodka which is a result of Sweden’s 500 years of vodka heritage and use of the best raw materials is produced through Batch Blending. Small batches of distilled Swedish barley are blended with a distillate from Swedish winter wheat, which is finely balanced with spring water. This produces a Super Premium vodka which is full bodied, with a subtle sweetness and an unchallenged smoothness.
The batch blending process is represented in the symbol of the Cariel Vodka’s logo, both with regards to raw materials (water, Barley & Wheat) as well as the production process. Each bottle of Cariel Batch Blended Vodka is individually numbered.
V Gallery Mango Crush is made using the finest five times distilled Italian vodka. Why? Because they are perfectionists and want the purest of the pure, crystal clear Italian vodka every time, every serve. The incredible ingredients and flavours are nothing short of full on fabulous! How you drink it is entirely up to you. Whether it be naked on the rocks or rocking out with a retro cocktail - it will be your choice.
Fresh and fruity, Mango Crush delivers a zesty and focused burst of mango flavour with a delicious sweetness and tangerine freshness. This is bottled at 21% abv.