Arbikie Gin aka Kirsty’s Gin is named after distiller Kirsty Black who created the recipe for the gin. Unusually Arbikie don’t just distill the botanicals but they actually make the base spirit used to make the gin which is the same spirit as their potato vodka.
This spirit is distilled in Inverkeilor, Angus, Scotland and is made from Maris Piper, King Edward and Cultra varieties of potatoes.
The botanicals used in the gin include kelp, carline thistle & bilberry
The gin is bottled at 43.0% ABV
Potato based is quite tricky to get right and often a perfumed fruitiness can overwhelm the botanical so I was very keen to try this one.
On its own
Nose: Citrus and juniper, as well as bright, aromatic coriander, followed by some soft, herbal notes.
Taste: A full texture with some rich, dry fruit notes upfront, followed by pepper spice, sparkling juniper, and zesty citrus. A full-bodied gin with excellent balance and intensity.
Gin & Tonic
Packed full of flavour, with vibrant, woody juniper notes as well as some sweet, herbal notes and a little fruitiness, all before a clean, bitter finish and a touch of cedar.
This is a drink with a certain brilliance, especially when served ice cold. The juniper bursts forth, before being followed by a smooth, plump texture, hints of spice, pepper, and citrus. It leaves you with a delightful glow.
Arbikie Gin makes a fruity and relatively sweet Negroni with a body of plump stone fruit, followed by dark chocolate and coffee notes, then an earthy bitterness on the finish.
Arbikie is a shining example of a potato-based gin. In fact, it’s one of the best that I have ever tasted. It has an excellent balance between the character of its botanicals and that of the base spirit. My favourite drink was the Martini.