NEWS Scotland’s first Vodka Distillery Experience opens

Ogilvy Vodka – Scotland’s first potato vodka distillery – is preparing to open the doors to its new £150K visitor centre.

Expected to welcome over 3,000 visitors in its first year, Ogilvy Vodka promises an unforgettable ‘field to bottle’ experience that will take in the sights and sounds of both a working potato farm and working vodka distillery.

Tours will start on vintage tractor and trailer, which will showcase a behind the scenes look at potato farming.

Visitors will then take an immersive, step-by-step walk-through of the distilling process and a guided tasting of the distillery’s award-winning single estate potato vodka in the attraction’s boutique tasting room.

Housed in a converted stone barn, the visitor centre is a bright, modern and welcoming space, featuring nods to the distillery’s zero waste ethos including ‘tattie box’ wall cladding and recycled Ogilvy Vodka bottles as eye-catching light fittings.

Independently owned and run by husband-and-wife team, Graeme and Caroline Jarron, Ogilvy Vodka has been distilling at the couple’s Angus farm since 2014.

Born out of a desire to use ‘wonky potatoes’, Ogilvy Vodka now processes thousands of kilos of misshaped spuds that would otherwise have gone to waste. The Jarron family have farmed the land at Hatton of Ogilvy farm since 1910 and in 2014 teamed up with the brewing and distilling laboratory at Heriot Watt University, to start producing Scotland’s first potato vodka.

100% sustainable, Ogilvy adopts a full circular economy. Using the imperfect potatoes that can’t be sold to supermarkets, water from its pond and electricity generated from solar panels, the brand ensures there is no wastage by repurposing distillation waste products on the farm. 

Ogilvy offers full traceability for consumers with everything from growing the ingredients to bottling the vodka being carried out on site.

Ogilvy Vodka is distributed to independent bottle shops, farm shops and delis throughout the UK and is priced at £36 RRP for the 70cl bottle.

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