With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift for the
man who is the reason for your being.
Honour your dad, celebrate fatherhood and paternal bonds on Sunday, June 16 by raising a
glass of on-trend gin and tonic. From Scotland’s Arbikie Highland Estate distillerycomes a gin which honours the father of the distillery’s owners – Alex Kirkwood Stirling.
Stirling senior passed away earlier this year, making this first Father’s Day bittersweet for distillery founders, brothers John, Stirling, Iain and David.
Made with wheat and honey – Alexander’s favourite food – farmed at Arbikie, alongside
black pepper, mace and cardamom, carefully chosen by Master Distiller Kirsty Black.
AK’s Gin has a creamy sweetness on the palate, balanced by helpings of peppery spices and
“As farmers we perfectly nurture the ingredients
we use to distil giving both a provenance as well as full traceability for our family of ultra-premium spirits,” says Iain Stirling.
“It is the creation of our own unique spirit that sets us apart from other gins, as we grow,
distil and bottle on our single-estate in a
true field to bottle operation.”
The gin, bottled at 43% volume, is made in a centuries-old method, using mountain-filtered
water taken from Arbikie’s underground lagoon.
“We are a single-site operation – the ingredients for all our spirits are planted, sown, grown and harvested within an arms-length of our distillery.”
Records show distilling on the site date
back to 1794 – it is the farm-to-bottle culture used by these ancient distillers that inspired the Stirling’s distilling ethos.
“Premium spirits can only come from the highest quality ingredients, and being independent and family-owned we are in the enviable position of being able to oversee standards every single step of the way.”
Forget socks and undies and use a little imaGINation this Father’s Day, turn your dad into a juniper junkie with AK’s Gin, available at Norman Goodfellows, Spar Tops, Bar Keeper, Woodstock Liquors, Roeland Liquors, Liquor City, BottleShop.co.za and Blue Bottle Liquors for a
RRP of R549.