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Distiller bags gold and silver

Shetland's first blended whisky has won gold in San Francisco.

THE UNST-based Shetland Distillery Company has won two prizes at a leading spirits competition in America.

Its Shetland Reel blended malt scotch whisky bagged a gold medal at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Shetland Reel Ocean Sent Gin won silver.

The company’s second gin Ocean Sent received a silver medal. Last year its flagship Shetland Reel Gin also pocketed silver.

Shetland Distillery Company managing director Stuart Nickerson said he was “delighted” to win two medals at the international event.

The Shetland Distillery Company has doubled its workforce with new recruit Marc Watson.

“To have done so when the competition was even more fierce – a record 1,850 spirits were judged this year compared to just over 1,500 last year – is fantastic,” he said.

“It shows that despite our size we are able consistently to produce quality spirits with a unique story behind them that people really enjoy drinking.”

The company meanwhile confirmed earlier this week that it has added a graduate in brewing and distilling to its ranks, bringing its number of full-time employees to two.

Marc Watson, 26, will help the business develop new products.

The former Heriot-Watt University student previously worked with Shetland Distillery Company to launch the recent limited edition Up Helly Aa Shetland Reel Gin.

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