Wednesday, August 12, 2015


The Shetland Distillery Company has announced the launch of its first batch of single malt  whiskies, comprising of four single casks that were distilled on the mainland and bottled at Scotland’s most northerly distillery on Shetland.

Shetland Reel Single Malt Scotch Whisky, marks a new chapter in the history and geography of the multi-billion pound Scotch whisky industry. Until now, Shetland has been the only part of Scotland never to have produced a legal single malt Scotch whisky, and plans are now underway for the company to build a new whisky distillery alongside its existing gin still, to produce Shetlands first ever single malt.

Shetland Real Single Malt Whisky - Distilled in Portsoy and bottled on Shetland

The four inaugural single casks were distilled and matured in Portsoy on the Scotland mainland, before then being shipped from Aberdeen to Lerwick. They were then transported to island of Yell before reaching their final destination in the far north of Unst. After a suitable period of resting they were bottled as the first ever “Bottled in Shetland” single malt Scotch whisky.

Commenting on the launch, Stuart Nickerson, Director of The Shetland Distillery Company, said: “This a hugely exciting development for us and for Scotch whisky. It literally puts Shetland on the map as far as whisky production is concerned – and for the first time. These four casks represent a start to whisky production in Shetland and we have plans to introduce more ‘Bottled in Shetland’ Scotch whiskies, with the long term plan being to install our own distillery and start distilling Scotch whisky on Unst.”

Shetland Reel Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be available from next month. Three of the casks will produce a run of 151 bottles which will retail for £100. The remaining cask, a peated German oak, will retail for a £130.

Posted by Steve Rush