Orkney Gin Company would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who purchased a bottle of our Special Edition Navy Strength Old Tom from both batch one and/or two and to everyone who has helped along the way in the creation of this very special commemorative gin. In the images you will see us donating a percentage of the profits from each bottle to Orkney’s three RNLI Lifeboat Stations, along with a gift set for each which will be used to raise more money for the RNLI in the future.
We have greatly enjoyed this unique commission which marked the centenary of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Orkney's Scapa Flow. It's a mission which means a lot to the company, with Gary, and many other family members possessing a history at sea. Due to our families seafaring history, when we were approached about the commission, we decided that we would like to donate a percentage of the profits to Orkney's hard working RNLI. The creation of Johannistag Navy Strength Old Tom has helped us learn even more about Orkney’s war time history, and we have met some great people along the way.
The gin itself is completely unique, in a category of it's own, the first ever Scottish Navy Strength Old Tom. We knew instantly that with the background of both our family and this commission, we needed to create a really special Navy Strength Gin at 57% ABV, with our standard seven times distilled smooth spirit, and the honey from Orkney's Shapinsay was added to create the subtle sweetness and rich pallet expected of an Old Tom style gin which were commonly enjoyed in the 18th century.
Like every one of our gins, each bottle of Johannistag Navy Strength Old Tom was made with love, hand labelled (right down to tying the little swing tag on to every bottle) by a member of our small team. For those of you who haven’t met us before, in the photograph above you can see Gary and Andrea, the owners of the company, and Erin, their daughter who also works for the company, and created the imagery on the bottles. We can’t thank the RNLI enough for the hard work they put in at sea, and we’d like to thank each of the lifeboat stations in Orkney for taking time out of their busy days to meet with us and collect their donations and gift sets which will be used in the future to make money for the cause. We would like to give a special thank you to Nicholas Jellicoe who created the commission to commemorate the Scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Orkney's Scapa Flow.