Deerness Distillery

Stuart and Adelle Brown of Deerness Distillery
Deerness Distillery Tumbler

Hello and Welcome!

We’re Stuart and Adelle Brown, owners and founders of Deerness Distillery, producers of multi-award winning Orkney gin, vodka and liqueur.  Situated in the beautiful Parish of Deerness in east mainland Orkney,  we are probably one of the few self-built distilleries in the UK.   With the help of family, friends and neighbours we constructed the distillery right next to our home, no long commutes on our wintery mornings!  Our Orkney gin and vodka is distilled in three beautiful copper stills; Walt, Zing and Matilda (we have Australian roots!) and alongside these we produce award winning coffee liqueur, a must for your next expresso martini!

As well as being a working distillery, we have a small but beautifully stocked shop, offering local and Scottish products and offer takeaway tea, coffee and snacks.

Come and see our stills, sample our products and hear our story, we welcome visitors 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, from May to September.  Outwith these times and dates, feel free to try your luck and turn up!  Or ring 01856 741264 to arrange a visit.

COVID – 19 In line with current guidelines, we ask that you wear face coverings when visiting the distillery, use the hand sanitiser provided at the front door on entering and exiting, and maintain social distancing where possible.

Unique and handcrafted

Our products are truly unique and handcrafted. We carry out our entire production process by hand, from the creation and distilling to bottling and labelling. We are proud that this ethos and our values are embraced into our small, family-run business, ensuring we can operate in harmony with our surroundings in Deerness.

Our deer logo is also handcrafted; created and lino-cut by our designer, Caroline. This attention to detail has been carried through to the bottle labelling, with the designs being originally drawn and hand-cut.

Red deer bones were found on the Brough of Deerness, a 30 metre-high sea stack which is part of the Mull Head Nature Reserve a few miles from us.  These inspired our deer logo and it is thought that these bones gave the Parish its’ name, and that of the distillery.

Local and ethical

We also stock our own range of Deerness Distillery merchandise, which has been sourced and produced by local businesses. Its’ packaging uses items such as luxury recycled gift bags and ethical tissue paper. This is a testament to our commitment to the environment, and our much-valued ethos of supporting small local businesses similar to ourselves.

Thanks for taking time to read our story. We hope you enjoy sampling our products as much as we have making them and hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,

Stuart and Adelle