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Arbikie releases latest vodka – Haar

Arbikie Distillery has launched a range of vodkas, intended to build upon its original Potato Vodka. The range will have three styles made from different crops.

Arbikie Haar is distilled from Zulu wheat grown on the Black Laws field on the Arbikie estate. The bottle label gives consumers details of what wheat variety was used, its flavour profile and the exact field where it was grown on the farm.

It joins Tattie Bogle, Arbikie’s existing potato vodka that is distilled from a combination of Maris Piper, King Edward and Cultra potatoes, grown in the Fiddler field on the Estate. A third vodka is due in Spring 2018 to complete the family of terroir vodkas.

Arbikie director, John Stirling, comments: “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 comments: “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.”

30 October 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor