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14th May 2013


Orkney Brewery’s Dark Island Reserve is in the running for a prestigious national food and drink honour.

 The world famous 10 per cent speciality ale has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Drink – Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic category of the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence awards 2013. The Orkney Brewery is the only Scottish brewer with a drink product in the finals.

 Run in partnership with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards have been recognising and rewarding the very best in Scottish food and drink for many years.

 Competition judges have tasted 121 food and drink products and examined submissions from 100 businesses across Scotland.  In all, 39 Scottish businesses have been shortlisted across 17 different product and business excellence award categories, with the winners set to be revealed at a special ceremony in Edinburgh’s newly refurbished Assembly Rooms on 30 May.

 “It’s a great honour to be shortlisted as these awards are very much considered the Scottish food and drink Oscars,” said Norman Sinclair, managing director of the Orkney Brewery’s parent company, Sinclair Breweries Ltd. “Dark Island Reserve is our flagship product and it’s collected many top awards over the years, including a world’s best title. It epitomises everything we stand for in terms of quality, taste and brewing craftsmanship and we’re delighted to see it being recognised once again. We’re really looking forward to the event on 30 May and are keeping our fingers crossed for a good result on the night.”

 Dark Island Reserve is created by maturing Orkney Brewery’s iconic and award winning Dark Island Ale in aged malt whisky casks for three months. Produced in limited quantities and for exclusive markets, Dark Island Reserve is renowned for its flavours of smooth roast malt, dark chocolate, caramel, figs and dates, which combine with vanilla, spice and bitter orange flavours from the wood and whisky. An image of Dark Island Reserve accompanies this release.


For further information contact:

Norman Sinclair, Managing Director,

Sinclair Breweries Ltd.

Tel: 01667 404 555