We haven’t worked out Ian’s actual job title, because he is a man of many talents that is vital in a small and developing business. He mainly covers in-house design work for all promotional material, photography, stock movement & also deals admirably with future brides wanting personalised miniatures for favours! He doubles up as a brand ambassador when required, but usually works day to day in the Grantown on Spey office.
How did you get involved in the drinks industry?
I was working for the Saxa Vord Resort mainly in the Grantown office but I also spent several months in Unst and whilst I was there I was involved in getting the distillery building ready for the installation of the still. On return to Grantown I became more and more involved in the design of adverts and initial photography for the launch of Shetland Reel, and gradually took on more and more of the work, to eventually make the move across.
What do you enjoy most about working for Shetland Distillery?
I really enjoy the diversity of my job, I never quite know exactly what I am doing from one day to another, and it makes it both interesting and challenging.
Where is your favourite place in Shetland to enjoy a gin?
The beach at Skaw, it is stunning, and as the most northerly beach in the UK and it’s only a 5 minute drive (or 15 minute walk!) from the distillery.
What it is your signature cocktail?
Bees Knees is my favourite cocktail it’s a sweet cocktail made with Simmer Gin, rosemary honey syrup, lemon juice and orange juice. The honey syrup must be premade, but it is well worth the effort, it makes an amazing cocktail.
What makes Shetland Reel special to you?
Being involved from the start, watching the business grow and develop is very special to me. Being part of a great team and knowing how hard everyone has to work to make it a success, is something that really brings us together, and gives us a focus going forward.