Did you know that while vodka is traditionally Russian, there’s a farm in Scotland that produces a unique local version of the drink? Ogilvy Scottish Potato Vodka is produced in the heart of Angus at Hatton of Ogilvy Farm.
Graeme Jarron and wife Caroline, who works as an interior designer, had always wanted to diversify on the farm and, while spending time working in Australia many years ago, they got the idea to do something quite unique.
“We are potato farmers who grew frustrated with the unwanted potatoes that supermarkets don’t want,” Graeme explains. “There is a lot of time and effort invested in growing our potato crops, and we wanted to make the most of the potatoes that we grow. That led us to explore other ways to utilise the outsized potatoes and took us down the path of producing vodka from them.”
Now producing award-winning single estate premium vodka, production is based on a ‘ground to glass’ ideology, to form a small-batch local liquor of international quality.
The entire process of creating the vodka, from field to bottle, takes place on the farm, and Graeme proudly reveals: “Unlike many of the gins on the market currently, we produce our vodka from scratch and not with bought-in spirit. Our potatoes are all grown on the farm, and we distil and bottle just metres from where they are grown.”
What’s next for the business? “Focusing on export,” says Graeme. “We are exporting our Perfect Pour cocktails to the Middle East, and also planning to have our vodka in duty free there this year too,” he says.
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Header photo: Grame Jarron with a crate of potatoes. Courtesy DC Thomson