Tuesday, December 19, 2017


The Arbroath based Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery, has announced that it has bottled a batch of one of its experimental pot distilled Scottish Rye whiskies.

The farm-to-bottle distillery, has produced two Rye whiskies: The first, a ‘Scottish Rye Whisky’ in line with The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009, consisting of over 51% Rye, Odyssey Malted Barley, both grown on their farms, plus Arbikie Estate water. The second, an American version in line with techniques typically used in North America.

Ardbikie Scottish Rye Whisky

Arbikie, have been growing a variety of different ryes on their farms since 2014, whilst their distillers have been researching and developing their rye spirits by experimenting with various varieties and production techniques.

Commenting on the news, John Stirling, Director at the Arbikie Distillery, said: “As both Farmers and Distillers, Arbikie is in an almost unique position to be able to distil its family of spirits using the crops grown in the fields around our distillery. Producing our own whisky with full provenance and traceability has been a dream for us that we are now fulfilling. This is a key day in Arbikie Distillery’s history”.

Initially, 355 bottles are being released in 2018 (RRP tbc) with all proceeds going to the Euan Macdonald Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease.

Arbikie, is the world’s first single estate distillery producing vodka, gin and Scotch whisky, using ingredients grown in their 2000-acre farm on the east coast of Scotland.

Posted by Steve Rush