Orkney Distilling launches Old Tom style honey and raspberry pink gin

A distillery on Orkney is set to launch an exciting new Old Tom style pink gin that combines rare Orcadian honey with fresh Scottish raspberries. 

Published 3rd Jun 2019
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

Marking the fifth offering from Orkney Distillery, Beyla – named after the Norse goddess of bees - continues the Kirkwall-based company's brand heritage of drawing inspiration from the Viking and seafaring heritage of the islands.

The Orcadian honey being used comes from bees that frequent Orkney Distilling’s own garden in Kirkwall, where the company grows key botanicals used in the production of its gins.

Orkney Distilling’s managing director Stephen Kemp states that this connection to the island both through ingredients and heritage is extremely important to them, he said: “In Norse mythology, Beyla was the goddess of bees, with a strong connection to the earth, and we share that bond with the Orkney landscape.”

“When we learned that one of our friends, who is a local beekeeper, was producing honey from bees flying a path over, and frequenting, our botanical crops, we jumped at the chance to incorporate it into our latest gin.

"It just deepens the significance of the product in terms of how it connects with our brand themes and ideals. We also believe customers appreciate the authentic provenance and quality of our ingredients.”

Fresh Scottish raspberries were then added bring extra fruitiness and colour to the 40 per cent abv Beyla - developed from Orkney Distilling’s signature Kirkjuvagr Gin - while balancing the sweetness brought by the island honey.

Stephen, who alongwith wife Aly opened the Orkney Distillery in the summer of 2018, added: “Our range now offers something for all seasons and tastes, from our original Kirkjuvagr and the storm-strength Arkh-Angell, to the summery Harpa and our spiced Aurora.

"Beyla is our first move into the fruit gin market and is a spirit that both holds its own as a distinctive new offering to the marketplace, while also seamlessly fitting in with our developing range.”

OD say Beyla will be officially launched to coincide with World Gin Day, on Saturday 8 June, with the new gin available from Orkney Distilling’s online shop, within the company’s Kirkwall distillery and visitor centre and from independent retailers across the country.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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