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Arbikie - Craftsmen of the Soil

16 September 2019

Arbikie is a family-owned working farm perched on the east coast of Angus.  Here, the crop is king. They painstakingly plant, tend and harvest the fields that make up Arbikie.

This is an estate profoundly shaped by its environment: the red sandstone-tinted soil, the powerful sea and the turbulent weather give Arbikie a character found nowhere else. And it is here, situated where land meets sea, that their distillery sits. Created from an ancient barn, it’s a place with all the ingredients required to produce authentic spirits of the highest quality. Quality which was recognised at the recent Scottish Whisky Awards.


Innovative Approach

The Stirling family has been farming at Arbikie for four generations and brothers John, Iain and David are the visionaries and driving force behind the distillery that grows, distils, matures and bottles their world award-winning range of field to bottle spirits. The Arbroath-based distiller has ramped up its international distributions with its range of spirits now available across Europe and has its sights set on Asia and the USA. As a result of expansion and having developed a close working relationship with myself over the years, Arbikie engaged Bruce Stevenson to carry out a strategic review of their company and farm insurance to ensure that it remains aligned with business strategy.

A fresh approach was adopted involving the complex task of identifying risks and understanding its impact on the business. Following the review process, Bruce Stevenson tailored a bespoke programme based on a comprehensive understanding of the whisky sector which delivered enhanced and flexible covers at a reduced cost. Following the appointment as their insurance broker, Bruce Stevenson has also delivered additional risk management support and provide access to an online risk management system to manage their various Health and Safety obligations.


Newcomer of the Year Award

At the recent inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards, Arbikie collected the award for the Newcomer of the Year and were warmly applauded by the judges for their field to bottle ethos and innovative method. The awards also saw them take the silver medal for Arbikie Highland Rye in the single grain category.


Delighted with the fine result of many years of hard work, Arbikie Director, Iain Stirling commented: “As both Farmers and Distillers, our family and team are absolutely delighted to be recognised at the highest level at the prestigious Scottish Whisky Awards. Whatever we’ve produced over the years, from barley to gin, our values of sustainability, innovation and quality have been the foundation. The awards are a tribute to the commitment and hard work of everyone involved. Arbikie Distillery and our Highland Rye Whisky embody everything our family has been doing since we started farming over 400 years ago.”

It’s a relationship that works well for both parties as it is built on trust and mutual understanding. So let’s raise a glass of something that’s proudly carrying the Arbikie name, to many more.


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Graeme Dempster, Commercial Account Executive at Bruce Stevenson Insurance BrokersGraeme Dempster

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