Coffee and gin. The perfect combination.

After a challenging 18 months for everyone, we wanted to do something special to mark the end of lockdown and the fact we can all spend time with our friends and family again.  

For many, a get-together is done over a coffee or a tipple, so what better way to celebrate than by combining both coffee and gin in one unique bottle?  

Our new Shetland Reel Gin Bean is a collaboration with Cairngorm Leaf & Bean, an artisan coffee roastery in the Scottish Highlands.  

The partnership came about earlier this year when we realised the benefits of working together to promote and support each other’s businesses during the pandemic.  

Enticing aromas 

The result is an exceptional London Dry Gin with intricate hints of mocha from Cairngorm Leaf & Bean’s El Salvador SHG 'Cuzcachapa' single origin coffee. 

Get together and enjoy this warming new tipple served over ice with Fever Tree Tonic and a slice of orange peel. Or, serve it neat to savour the full effect of the enticing coffee aromas. 

A perfect partnership 

“We always endeavour to work closely with other businesses but lockdown gave us an opportunity to try something different,” says Shetland Reel founder Debbie Strang. 

“We’ve often wondered whether a hint of coffee in our London Dry Gin would work. We looked to Cairngorm Leaf & Bean who produce excellent roasted coffee in the Scottish Highlands and the idea grew from there."

Commenting on the collaboration, Cairngorm Leaf & Bean’s owner, Steven Anderson, said: “We were delighted when Debbie and the Shetland Reel team suggested working on a new product together. As a small artisan business based in the north of Scotland, we know how vital it is to work with and support other producers. 

“The result is a fantastic gin with a clear, distinct profile. The citrus and juniper of the London Dry Gin in are dominant, followed by the coffee on the nose and in the finish, which is subtle and cleverly reveals the rich mocha taste of our El Salvador SHG 'Cuzcachapa' single origin coffee. I am delighted with the outcome.” 

Where to buy 

Only 500 bottes of Gin Bean have been produced and are available to buy exclusively from this website and the Unst distillery.  

There are also 50 limited edition Gin Bean Bundles available, priced £44, which include a 500ml bottle of Gin Bean, a Shetland Reel mug and 150g of the coffee.  

We hope you enjoy the latest addition to our Shetland Reel family!  

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