At the very tip of the British isles lie the Shetland Islands, where the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is a place of mystery and secrets. Of long summer days and long winter nights. Of dramatic weather. And excellent gin.
This remote community is home to the Saxa Vord Distillery, the most northerly in the UK, started by four people who share a passion for producing top-quality products in local communities. Produced only in Shetland by Shetland's only distillery, Shetland Reel gins are now available throughout the UK and beyond.
The concept was to make a traditional style gin using many of the botanicals used in the great gins of the past, but to make it their own. Shetland Reel recipes include juniper berries, coriander seeds, orris root, cinnamon and citrus peel, but add a unique Shetland twist with locally-harvested apple mint and bladderwrack seaweed.
Limited Editions, Special Editions and Single Batch Creations are part of the Shetland Reel success, and you can be first to hear about these by signing up to their Reel Club newsletter. A new Up Helly Aa Gin appears every January in celebration of the local fire festival season. It’s always very popular so keep your ear to the ground for launch dates!
Guided tastings and distillery tours are available. Sign up for one of their online tastings for a unique experience and interesting insights into the world of Shetland Reel.