Scottish sustainable distillery, Arbikie has signed an agreement that will see its Tattie Bogle Vodka, Scotland’s first potato vodka go on sale in Toronto’s LCBO.
The family-owned, field-to-bottle distiller has agreed a substantial distribution deal with SGWS, a leading Canadian drinks importer, in their first foray into the Ontario marketplace.
Tattie Bogle Vodka is Scotland’s first potato vodka. Named after the ‘Tattie Bogles’ (the ancient Scots name for potato scarecrows) that once stood sentry over all potato fields.
Arbikie uses the Maris Piper, King Edward and Cultra varieties of potatoes, all grown on their family farm.
The potatoes are harvested at the optimum time to ensure their creamy character stays alive all the way to the bottle.
Kirsty Black, Arbikie Master Distiller, commented: “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. We don’t bolt on the flavour in our spirits, the flavour is determined by the crops grown on the farm.”
The Stirling family, owners of Arbikie, have been farming since before 1660 and focus on using terroir in their products with a field-to-bottle approach where they grow, distil and bottle at the Arbikie Farm Distillery.
John Stirling, Arbikie director, said: “We are delighted to have agreed this landmark distribution deal. Our aim has always been to disrupt the vodka market by highlighting the importance of our base ingredients and how these impact on the flavour profile.”