Sheltland Distillery Company is the most northerly distillery in the UK producing award winning London Gins and the only Shetland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.
Shetland Distillery Company was created by four people sharing a passion for producing top quality products in local communities.
Over the past 8 years, Frank and Debbie Strang have regenerated the former RAF site at Saxa Vord, Unst into an award-winning tourist resort with year round self-catering accommodation and seasonal hostel and bar/restaurant.
The Malt Whisky Company owned and run by Stuart and Wilma Nickerson is in the process of releasing its own range of independently bottles single malt Scotch whiskies and with over 30 years experience of managing distilleries, Stuart also works as a consultant in the industry.
There is a shared desire to build not only the most northerly Scotch whisky distillery and the most northern gin distillery in the UK but to also create the finest expressions of these two products, in the distillery on Unst.
The size of our still means that we will be one of the smallest commercial gin distilleries. Our small batch production was in limited supply and initially only available within Shetland. However our plans have grown and the word has spread so our gin is now stocked in a large number of national and international locations.
We have developed the recipe, producing small scale batches and testing them on some very willing volunteers. The result is an excellent traditional-style gin with a unique Shetland twist provided by the inclusion of apple mint, which is grown and harvested by Unst Market Growers.
The first commercial distillation of gin in Shetland was run in September 2014 producing our first 500 limited edition bottles which are in Shetland tweed bags and marked L001/14.
Shetland Reel Gin: Each Shetland Reel Gin is an excellent traditional-style gin with a unique Shetland twist. Our original gin includes locally grown apple mint, and our Ocean Sent Gin uses specially harvested bladderwrack seaweed from the Shetland coastline.
Shetland Reel Whisky: In 2015 we have produced the very first ‘Bottled in Shetland’ Whisky, starting with our limited run Single Malt and more recently, our Reel Blended Malt. Very soon we will have our own still too.