Shetland Reel is our first Gin for July. We have been trying to get this fine product along for some time, but it’s no easy feat. Last time we were emailing about get the Gin along, there was a storm and some power cuts.
Shetland Reel comes from Unst, which is part of the Shetland Islands and as stated by the storms and power cuts it’s not an easy place to live, but also beautiful (I have never been, maybe one day Gin Club will get the boat for Up Hella Aa, drink Gin and pretend to be Vikings.
The Shetland Distillery Company was created by four people sharing a passion for producing top quality products in local communities (Direct Quote from the web there). Frank / Debbie Strang and Stuart / Wilma Nickerson. Apparently the work of the distillery is split between couples, the Strangs turning the area at Saxa Vord into the award winning tourist resort and the Nickerson’s handle the whiskey and the Gin. Thank you Strangs and Nickersons!
The gin uses 8 botanicals including locally grown apple mint. On the nose there is a strong hit of Juniper and coriander, with fresh floral notes. To try it neat (most of you who normally read this know I’m now a neat trying convert, I don’t know if that makes me sound like I am officially old or an alchy). Anyway neat it is dry with a juniper spine and a clean dry bite. This then becomes smoother and sweeter.
As usually a good tonic (Fever Tree people, cheap stuff is banned) rounds the Gin off and compliments the fruitiness of the apple mint. The more you drink the fruitiness builds making it a wonderful Gin, a truly loved product with of course a decent solid Juniper taste (it is a Gin)
We haven’t decided yet what we are going to garnish or serve this with yet! According to the UK Gin Law (The London Gin Club) Coriander Leaf or Raspberry really compliment Shetland Reel in a G and T.
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