SCOTLAND’S newest “farm-to-bottle” distillery has started operation with the launch of a vodka.
Arbikie Vodka is the first spirit to be produced at the new distillery, with whisky and gin to follow early next year.
Those behind the project claim it is the first distillery in Scotland to produce both white and brown spirits that will grow all its own ingredients and ferment, distil, bottle, label and mature the products on site.
The distillery is part of the Arbikie Highland Estate in Angus and it is under the management of brothers John, Iain and David Stirling.
They plan to distribute the spirits to luxury retailers throughout the UK and hope to expand into global markets.
The vodka is made using Scottish water and a blend of three potatoes - Maris Piper, King Edwards and Cultra.
Iain Stirling, Arbikie commercial director, said: “Arbikie Vodka has a distinctive taste with the quality and passion of a whisky.
“We believe it will be a popular choice for discerning drinkers who are looking for exceptional quality and integrity of product.”