There is a siesmic shift in the way consumers think about what they eat and drink. It's called Ethical Consumption, and it's about making the connections between a product, where that product originated and in what context it has been produced. It requires the consumer to think before they shop, to consider just how their lifestyle affects other people and communities, as well as the environment. An ethically-informed consumer realises that
when they buy something, they are buying more than the product.
For many years, bartenders have always been fascinated in the story behind each brand, but now more than ever, consumers are paying attention to the who, the why and the how. The term 'field to plate' has its loyal followers and now Arbikie Distillery lead the drinks industry with the 'field to bottle' era of sustainability and accountability.
Arbikie Distillery have created another world-first with an addition to their climate positive spirit range, Nàdar (Gaelic for ‘Nature’). In-conjunction with the launch of World Sustainable Spirits Day, Friday 28th of August, Nàdar Vodka is the perfect spirit to toast to a greener, more environmentally sustainable future.
Nàdar Vodka- crafted from the pea-base spirit originally developed for Arbikie’s initial world-first Nàdar Gin- avoids more carbon dioxide emissions than it creates with a carbon saving of over 1.53 kg CO2e per bottle. This new spirit derives its environmental performance from again utilising the humble garden pea: avoiding the need for synthetic fertiliser and reliance on imported protein for animal feed.
The single-estate distiller controls the growing, distilling and bottling process, which ensures exceptional provenance and traceability.
Taste Magazine caught up with Master Distiller, Kirsty Black, “We’re always looking to think differently, and by aligning our distillery production with the activity of the farm, we are using our knowledge of growing, and the vagaries of the changing Scottish climate, and indeed how these factors impact our growing season, to produce the finest spirits from some of the best agricultural land in the country.
By shifting our focus to climate change and biodiversity loss we not only want to minimise our impact on the environment but also inspire and demonstrate to others the potential options available and how they might take advantage of these challenges.”
Black created the climate-positive spirit after five years of extensive research with top scientists at Abertay University and the James Hutton Institute in Scotland.
With Arbikie Distillery being the latest drinks company to announce its commitment to producing more ethical products, sustainability is the sole innovative focus behind its field-to-bottle spirits range.
Director at Arbikie Distillery, Iain Stirling comments on Arbikie’s sustainable objectives and values, “Arbikie is focused on becoming one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries, as both farmers and distillers we are in an ideal position to grow & distil our family of sustainable spirits.
Sustainable products, particularly in the area of food and drink, are undoubtedly the future, and they will be the major economic driving force in the years to come, not just in Scotland, but across the world.
We are fortunate to have such a wonderful environment from which we can produce the highest quality of spirits, and we’re proud to play a part at the vanguard of what is becoming a global movement.”
The launch of Nàdar Vodka falls on Arbikie’s World Sustainable Spirits Day, launched to reinforce the importance of reducing “spirit-miles”, operating in a sustainable and ethical manner whilst taking responsibility for the impact we have on our planet. World Sustainable Spirits Day will connect and encourage those in the Food and Drinks Industry to become as sustainable as possible.
Nàdar Vodka Taste Notes
Crop: Pea (Pisum sativum L)
On the Palate: Intense. Vibrant. Spicy.
On the Nose: Floral. Crushed white pepper.
"An antidote to tasteless vodkas! Arbikie distillery makes its own base spirit which retains many subtle flavours lost in most vodkas. This field to bottle vodka is distinctive and delicious, with a vibrant and spicy taste alongside a contrasting floral nose."
Glen Montgomery, Head Sommelier of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at The Gleneagles Hotel touches more on the importance of sustainability for the drinks industry:
“Nàdar brings a whole new dimension to the drinks industry. Along with a luxury drinking experience, Nàdar has a strong sustainability message, which is fascinating.
At Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, quality and flavour are at the heart of everything we do. To be able to offer that same uncompromising quality, while also being underpinned by sustainability, makes Nàdar Vodka an essential addition to our Restaurant offering.
The sustainability movement is a tremendous step for the drinks industry, and we're delighted to be 'doing our bit' and to demonstrate that change is within our reach.”