Shetland Reel Up Helly Aa Cask Aged Gin - Released 27th January 2017
This unique special edition gin celebrates Shetland's world famous Viking fire festival, Up Helly Aa. Aged in ex-whisky casks and bottled on Britain's most northerly isle, Unst, this specially produced Shetland Reel Gin delivers notes of wood and spices to give an extra spark - the perfect spirit to accompany the fiery festivities.
Navy strength 57% (ABV) 100° proof.
Shetland Reel Holly Days Gin - Released 28th October 2016
Our new limited edition gin for Christmas 2016 - we've taken the very best of our original gin and given it a festive twist! Holly Days is similar to our original gin but with more juniper, more spice and more citrus.
This is a special run of 1,800 70cl bottles and 1,000 20cl bottles, each with their own unique number. So when it's gone, it's gone.
If you like our original gin, you'll love this - it's packed with more of everything that makes it so great.
Nose – Lots of juniper and citrus which makes the gin very appealing.
Taste – Juniper up front, followed by the citrus and then the coriander seed at the end, very clean and fresh but also really full of flavour – punchy!
With Tonic (1 part gin to 2 parts Tonic) – clean and fresh but the flavours shine through, a reel classic G&T with punch.
Shetland Reel Simmer Gin - Released 10th June 2016
Inspired by the long summer evenings, we decided to create a refreshing and aromatic gin especially for summer. In Shetland, Simmer Dim is the name for the long days in summer where the sun barely dips below the horizon before soaring high for another day. These lasting amber skies gave us the inspiration for our limited edition Simmer Gin, released for World Gin Day 2016.
Simmer Gin has an ABV of 49% and is made with seven botanicals including orange peel, orris root powder, liquorice root and caraway seeds as well as more customary juniper berries.
Available now in our online shop.
Nose: The nose opens with strong juniper nose and then sweet orange comes through. On the pallet the juniper is reduced and it becomes sweet, very sweet orange and liquorice with a sweet lingering finish.
With tonic there is more juniper on the nose but also an earthiness associated with the liquorice.
On the palate you get orange, some juniper then moving to general sweetness and a very lingering orangeyness.
Serving Suggestions: As always this works great with tonic but for an extra special twist, try with Fevertree Sicilian Lemonade and a sprig of fresh rosemary. You'll be lounging in a citrus grove in no time!
Up Helly Aa Reel Gin - Limited Edition 20cl - Released January 2016
To celebrate the infamous Shetland fire festival, we took our original gin and added it to the casks used for our limited edition single malt. The result is a cask-aged gin with a curious colour and mind-blowing flavour.
Up Helly Aa is a huge event and plays a significant role in how Shetland projects itself to the outside world.
The result is a gin with really good depth yet still fresh and clean. At Navy strength (57% or 100° proof) they are easy to put in your pocket, perfect for Up Helly Aa events ... and Vikings in general!
Bottles were presented to each member of the Lerwick Up Helly Aa committee and the 2016 Guizer Jarl, Mark Evans, was delighted with the gift.
Colour: Light straw (colour from the wooden cask with anticipation of a whisky influence).
Nose: Very Juniper on the nose, with a hint of wood and spices.
Taste: Juniper and citrus but with a spicy depth and very slight wood bitterness. Very well balanced with a satisfying length of flavour.
To Serve: Accompany with Fever Tree or Fentimans Tonic.
Shetland Reel Gin Batch 1 - The First 500
Become part of Shetland Reel history with our limited edition bottles from the very first run of 500. Each bottle has a unique 'Batch 1' marking and comes wrapped in a bespoke Shetland tweed bag.
These are now sold out.