Up Helly Aa 2020 is the 5th expression in the Up Helly Aa series from Shetland Reel celebrates the annual Fire Festival in Lerwick, Shetland. Each distinct expression has been aged in casks and an Oloroso Sherry Cask was selected for the 2020 edition.
The award-winning Ocean Sent Shetland Reel Gin made using locally harvested Bladderwrack seaweed was filled into the casks and is ages for up to three months before being bottled and hand sealed with red wax.
Vol 500ML 40% ABV
At a lower % than previous years, this gin shows pine, citrus, juniper and vanilla on the nose with a delicate oak richness. The palate has backbone of juniper throughout, meanwhile the sweetness of vanilla and dried apricot flavours of the sherry cask come through leading to the salty freshness of the bladderwrack. Woody oak flavours make the finish very long.
50ml Shetland Reel UHA 2020 with Fever Tree Ginger Ale and grapefruit peel over lots of ice served in a straight tall glass.