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A near finish for Shetland distillery

Shetland Reel launches its latest blended malt as its quest for whisky success steps up a gear.
Shetland Distillery has launched its latest offering, a finished in Shetland blended malt Scotch whisky.

The UK’s most northerly distillery has been distilling a range of gin October 2014 as well as producing a series of award-winning blended expressions of malt whisky.

This new whisky will be the first whisky to have been partly matured on Shetland, spending six months of its life in sherry casks in the distillery in Unst.

Stuart Nickerson one of the co-owners and director, is a veteran of the Scottish whisky industry. In his long and varied career, he has been distillery manager of Highland Park, Glenrothes, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Girvan, distilleries director for William Grant & Sons and brought back the Glenglassaugh distillery from mothballs after 22 years of lying silent.

He added: “Each batch of our blended malt is prepared from a small number of carefully selected casks of single malt scotch whisky to create an exceptional whisky that is inspired by our distillery location in Unst, Shetland.

“It is 100 per cent malt whisky, and with HMRC permission to ‘finish’ at the distillery for up to six months, we decided not only to finish it on Shetland but to do so in ex-Oloroso sherry casks to give the whisky another added layer of complexity, flavour and sweetness.”