Arbikie has grown and produced the first Scottish Rye Whisky

Arbikie has grown and produced the first Scottish Rye Whisky

Scotland’s ‘Field-to-Bottle’ Distiller, Arbikie, has today bottled a batch of one of its experimental pot distilled Scottish Rye offerings.


Tue, 19 Dec 2017



Arbikie have been growing a variety of different ryes on their farms since 2014, whilst their Distillers have been researching and developing their rye spirits by experimenting with various varieties and production techniques.

They have produced two versions of Rye Whisky. The first, a ‘Scottish Rye Whisky’ in line with The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009, consisting of over 51% Rye, Odyssey Malted Barley, both grown on their farms, plus Arbikie Estate water. The second, an American version in line with techniques typically used in North America. 

Arbikie is building a strong reputation for innovation and provenance that Director, John Stirling is keen to continue, 

“As both Farmers and Distillers, Arbikie is in an almost unique position to be able to distil its family of spirits using the crops grown in the fields around our distillery. Producing our own whisky with full provenance and traceability has been a dream for us that we are now fulfilling. This is a key day in Arbikie Distillery’s history”.

355 bottles are being released with all proceeds going to the Euan Macdonald Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease.

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