Bottled whisky from the isles
The first ever bottled whisky from the isles will go on sale next month.
Shetland Reel Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be sold with four different cask strengths.
The whisky has been distilled in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire and bottled in Unst by the Shetland Distillery Company.
Director of the business Stuart Nickerson, 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.”
The casks of whisky were distilled and matured on the mainland of Scotland and then shipped fromAberdeen to Lerwick on the ferry before two more ferry journeys to Unst.
Only after a suitable period of resting were they bottled as the first ever “Bottled in Shetland” single malt Scotch whisky.
All of the casks emptied were octaves (50 litre capacity). Two of them were refill Scotch whisky casks and two were German virgin oak casks.
Twenty-one bottles have been produced of a peated whisky from one of the German oak casks. This has a price of £130 per bottle.
The remaining 151 bottles from the other three casks are on sale at £100 per bottle.
The whiskies will go on sale on 1st September 2015.
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.