UHI Shetland - Open the door to your future
Sunday 23 June 2024
 11.7°C   SW Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

News / Launch of new whisky diluted with Unst water

Pictured at the launch of a new Shetland whisky (from left): distillery manager Mark Turnbull, VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead, distillery co-owner Debbie Strang and product developer Marc Watson. Photo: Shetnews/Neil Riddell

A NEW WHISKY from the Shetland Distillery Company in Unst was launched by VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead during a visit to the isles on Monday.

Shetland Reel’s blended malt Scotch whisky is the second whisky to be produced by the distillery located at the former RAF Saxa Vord base.

It is bottled in Shetland from four Speyside and one Islay cask-strength single malts and diluted to 47 per cent ABV using Unst water.

Roughead said: “I am delighted to be in Shetland today, launching this new blended malt whisky. The whisky sector generates £3.3 billion directly to the UK economy and 1.1 million visits were recorded to distilleries in Scotland during 2013, so it is a vitally important part of our tourism offering.

“In Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, it is great to see businesses like The Shetland Distillery Company expanding their offering which, in turn, can attract more visitors to the area.”

He said the year of food and drink would help raise awareness of Shetland’s tourist industry and the “provenance of the outstanding local produce on offer”.

“Tourism in Shetland has a ripple effect that touches every industry, business and community throughout the islands,” Roughead said.

The Shetland Distillery Company also produces two gins, Shetland Reel Gin – which won a silver medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits competition – and Ocean Sent, which was launched recently at the Shetland Food Fair.

Company director Stuart Nickerson said: “This blended malt whisky follows on from the success of our Shetland Reel single malt Scotch whisky, all 172 bottles of which sold out prior pre-launch.

“Our ‘Bottled in Shetland’ Scotch whiskies are precursors to us installing our own whisky still and distilling Unst whisky.

“The blend is a limited edition, with 1,800 bottles available, priced at £45. As with the single malt, we anticipate a great deal of interest.”

Become a supporter of Shetland News

 

The whiskies can be ordered via whisky@shetlandreelgin.com and further information can be obtained via the same email address.

Mr Nickerson has a 35-year pedigree in the Scotch malt whisky industry, having managed several distilleries and revived Glenglassaugh Distillery before selling it to the BenRiach Group.

He and his wife Wilma own The Shetland Distillery Company along with Frank and Debbie Strang, owners of the Saxa Vord Resort.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 
Categories

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.