Couple Uses Ugly Potatoes to Make Scotland’s First Potato Vodka

Rather than allowing their produce to go to waste, two Scottish farmers are making vodka from potatoes which are too “ugly” to sell in supermarkets.

Graeme Jarron and his wife Caroline grow thousands of potatoes to sell to supermarkets every year – but a considerable amount of their misshapen spuds, which don’t meet the supermarket standard, often end up going to waste. And so the creative couple decided to start using the crops to make vodka making it Scotland’s first potato vodka distillery.

The Jarron family have farmed the land at Hatton of Ogilvy farm since 1910, but they only recently teamed up with the brewing and distilling laboratory at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh to start producing Scotland’s first potato vodka in 2014.

Ogilvy Vodka is now also preparing to open the doors to its new visitor centre near Forfar, Angus. Tours will start on a vintage tractor and trailer, which will showcase a behind-the-scenes look at potato farming.

Ogilvy Vodka is now distributed to independent bottle shops, farm shops and delis across the UK for just £36 per 700-millilitre bottle.