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January 21, 2023

The Art of Aatta Gin – Orkney’s Newest Sensation


Orkney’s newest sensation, Aatta Gin by The Orkney Gin Company, is an exquisite craft gin that is sure to tantalise the taste buds. It contains a unique flavour profile with a blend of 8 botanicals, including juniper, fresh, zesty oranges, hand-picked rose hips, and a little vanilla, resulting in a spirit that blends tradition with innovation. With its rich history and cultural significance, this gin can also be enjoyed as part of a tasting experience with food pairing. It is truly something special that should be savoured and celebrated.


Aatta Gin is the latest sensation to come out of the Scottish island of Orkney. This small-batch gin is made using locally sourced botanicals and ingredients, resulting in a unique and flavourful spirit that is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best gins in the world.

But what sets Aatta Gin apart from other gins? The answer lies in its name. Aatta (meaning eight in Old Norse) has been distilled eight times using eight botanicals for a genuinely silky mouthfeel, with the final distillation completed over 24 hours. It is a nod to the gin’s origin. All the botanicals used to make Aatta Gin are hand-picked from the wild landscapes of Orkney, including the rugged coastal cliffs, rolling hills and the island’s pristine beaches. This gives the gin a distinct terroir and a true sense of place.

The gin is then distilled in small batches using traditional methods, allowing the distillers to pay close attention to the nuances of each batch, resulting in a truly unique gin that reflects the island’s character.

With its beautiful landscapes and rich history, Orkney is the perfect place to make gin, and Aatta Gin is the perfect gin to reflect this.

Aatta Gin is a recent sensation in the gin world, gaining popularity quickly and building a reputation as a high-quality spirit.

History and Cultural Significance

Gin production has a long history in Orkney, dating back to the 18th century when the island was a hub for the smuggling of spirits. During this time, gin was a popular drink among the working class, often made in small, illicit stills. However, as gin became more mainstream and laws around its production relaxed, it became a more legitimate industry. – Result!

Aatta Gin is proud to continue this tradition. It is part of a growing number of small distilleries putting Orkney on the map as a destination for quality gin. The distillery is located in the heart of Orkney, in a small village called Burray. It uses locally sourced botanicals and ingredients, and the gin is made in small batches using traditional methods. This allows the distillers to pay close attention to the nuances of each batch, resulting in a truly unique gin that reflects the island’s character.

In terms of its cultural importance, Aatta Gin is not only a high-quality product, but it also helps to promote Orkney’s economy and community. The gin is a symbol of the island’s identity and its connection to the land. It also helps to promote local tourism, as visitors come to the island to learn more about the gin and its production process. The gin is also used in local events and festivals, promoting the island’s culture and community.

Tasting and Pairing

On the nose, Aatta Gin has a strong juniper aroma with a hint of citrus. The gin has a clean and crisp palate, with a subtle sweetness balanced by a slight spiciness. The gin’s flavour profile is dominated by juniper, complemented by a bouquet of botanicals that include fresh, zesty oranges, hand-picked rose hips, and a little vanilla.

Aatta Gin is a versatile gin that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. It is perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks and makes for a great gin and tonic. Aatta Gin has been crafted to complement a premium Indian tonic water perfectly.

To fully appreciate its unique flavour profile, we suggest serving it over a generous amount of ice, garnished with an orange wedge and a sprig of rosemary for an added touch of freshness. The gin also provides an excellent base for cocktails, such as a classic martini or a gin fizz.

Aatta Gin pairs well with food and is an excellent choice for aperitifs. The gin’s juniper and earthy notes make it a great match for seafood dishes, such as oysters, smoked salmon, and sushi. The gin’s subtle sweetness makes it a perfect match for spicy dishes, such as Thai or Indian cuisine. The gin also pairs well with cheese, particularly with sharp and tangy varieties, such as blue cheese or goat cheese.

An excellent way to enjoy Aatta Gin is in a signature cocktail, the “Wild Thyme Martini“.

To make this cocktail, you will need the following:

  • 2 oz Aatta Gin
  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz thyme syrup
  • 1 dash of orange bitters

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of thyme or an orange twist.

Overall, Aatta Gin is a delicious and unique gin that is perfect for sipping neat, mixing in cocktails, and pairing with food. The gin’s unique flavour profile, which is dominated by juniper and complemented by a bouquet of botanicals, makes it a perfect representation of the island of Orkney and its terroir. The Orkney Gin Company is proud to continue the tradition of gin production in Orkney and is confident that Aatta Gin will be a new favourite for gin lovers everywhere.

Awards and Critical Acclaim

Aatta Gin has received rave reviews since its launch in the gin industry. The unique blend of botanicals and the distinct distillation process used to create the gin have set it apart from other gins on the market. Critics have praised the gin for its balanced flavour profile and smooth finish.

The gin has also been well received by gin enthusiasts and industry experts, who appreciate the attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into every bottle of Aatta Gin.

Aatta has won multiple awards at prestigious spirits competitions, including the winner of the best bottle and best design in the world in the Prestigious World Drinks Awards 2022.

It’s clear to see the future of Aatta Gin is bright. With plans for future expansion and other new, unique flavours on the cards, it’s definitely one to watch in the coming months and years.

The Unique and Artistic Bottle

The Aatta Gin bottle from The Orkney Gin Company is a true work of art. The intricate design, featuring a hand-painted depiction of the “selkie wife” from Orkney folklore, adds a touch of mystery and intrigue to the bottle. 

The unique prism shape of the bottle, combined with the high-quality glass stopper, creates a mesmerizing light effect that makes the siren appear to move and swim.

The company name is prominently displayed on the bottle, and the deep base is designed to resemble the seabed, adding an extra layer of elegance and class. This bottle is a beautiful addition to any shelf and a true representation of the exceptional gin inside.

Order your Aatta Gin by The Orkney Gin Company today and enjoy the true taste of Orkney as experienced by the locals.

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