Famed for their 'field-to-bottle' spirits, Angus distillery Arbikie are launching a new range of premium vodkas which aim to build on the success of their award-winning potato vodka.

The new collection will have three different styles of vodka, made from three different crops, giving three distinct characters and tastes.

The newest release Haar, which is distilled from Zulu Wheat grown on the ‘Black Laws’ field on the Arbikie estate, joins ‘Tattie Bogle’, Arbikie’s award-winning Potato Vodka that is distilled from a combination of Maris Piper, King Edward and Cultra potatoes, grown in the ‘Fiddler’ field on the Estate.

The Haar is described by the team as being an “incredibly smooth vodka with hints of caramel”, and is named for the soft, rolling and
freezing North Sea fog that frequently blankets the Arbikie farm and distillery.

Arbikie Haar

Picture: Arbikie

As part of their commitment to only producing ‘field-to-bottle’ spirits, the distillers say that each bottle will detail which wheat variety was used and the exact field where it was grown on the farm.

As part of the new range, a third vodka is due in Spring 2018 which will complete the “family” of “terroir vodkas”.

Arbikie director, John Stirling explained that provenance is at the heart of everything Arbikie do when it comes to both distilling and farming.

He added that the brand is looking to create a new level of authenticity and taste with their ‘Field-to- Bottle’ approach and aim to lead the vodka revival by “focusing on the terroir of their products”.

Stirling said: “Our aim has always been to disrupt the vodka market by highlighting the importance of your base ingredients and how this impacts on the flavour profile.

“By highlighting the field and wheat variety used in each batch of ‘Haar’ we are giving the opportunity for consumers to trace the ingredients in our spirits.

“This desire for provenance and traceability of ingredients is prevalent in the food industry and we want to lead vodka’s revival with these in the drinks sector.”

Arbikie distiller Kirsty Black added: “The flavour profile of our vodkas is determined by the ingredients grown on the farm. With ‘Tattie Bogle’ there are clear spice notes and creaminess in flavour;
whilst ‘Haar’ has a distinctive caramel note both on the nose and on the palette.

“We don’t bolt on the flavour in our spirits, the flavour is determined by the crops grown on the farm.”

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