Graeme Jarron is the fourth generation of the family to run the 500-acre mixed farm near Glamis, but the first to use it to produce a world-class premium spirit. Ogilvy potato vodka was created in 2014 after Jarron wanted to use up the spuds the supermarkets didn't buy and he approached Heriot-Watt University's distilling centre in Edinburgh to see if vodka was feasible. With their assistance he set up the operation on the farm in purpose-built premises using his own Maris Pipers lifted metres from the still. It's a soil-to-bottle process that extends to feeding the waste from the mash to their cattle. Very much a family operation, the production is kept small scale and the focus is purely on a vodka that won top award ‘Gold Outstanding’ and the overall Vodka Trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition less than a year after going to market.
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Spirited spuds11 May 2017
Not one but two premium potato vodkas – Ogilvy and Arbikie – are being made in Angus
Back in 2014, the arrival of two premium potato vodkas, one from Ogilvy Spirits based near Glamis, and the other from Arbikie Highland Estate near Inverkeilor, put Angus firmly on the Scottish spirits map. Both distilleries are farm-to-bottle…