Scotland’s first potato vodka producer has won two major awards after only three months on the market.
Ogilvy Vodka was selected out of more than 1,500 entrants at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition winning a double gold medal for packaging and a silver for spirit.
Graeme Jarron, founder of Ogilvy Spirits, said: “I studied Agriculture at the Scottish Agriculture College (SAC) near Aberdeen and I knew when I returned to work on the farm that I wanted to do something a bit different.
“Our farm is a mixed enterprise growing predominantly potatoes and cereals with some cattle too. I wanted to produce something whereby we could take one of our crops and bring it right through to a final product.
“I did some research and realised producing a vodka from potatoes would not only be unique to Scotland but also a great example of ground to glass ideology.
“We grow the potatoes on the farm so have one hundred per cent traceability. We wash and cook, ferment and distil on site as well as bottle the product.”
The farm has traditionally sold its tatties to a packing house to then reach supermarket shelves. This continues but it is the potatoes of irregular shapes, often rejected by the major retailers, which are used for the now sought after spirit.
The Ogilvy team has also been awarded runner up prize for Business Diversification at the Scottish Rural Awards.