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Soaring production at UK's most northerly distillery

The UK's most northerly distillery has seen soaring production in the past year thanks to the growing popularity of its gins and whiskies.

The Shetland Distillery Company’s output grew by 300 per cent to 30,000 bottles.

Online sales via the company’s website have also increased by 300 per cent.

“It’s been a really busy year with a big upturn in demand both from our distributors and from online orders,” says distillery manager Mark Turnbull.

“We’re delighted that more and more people are enjoying our products and supporting the distillery and Unst.”

SDC director Debbie Strang says, “When we launched our first gin in August 2014 we never envisaged success on this scale.

“We have a rapidly growing customer base in the UK and beyond and look forward to building our relationships with more gin and whisky lovers in the months and years ahead.

“We have some very exciting plans to further develop the distillery and will be sharing details of those very soon.”

The Shetland Distillery Company produces two core gins – the Original Shetland Reel Gin featuring locally grown apple mint and Ocean Sent, which counts native Shetland seaweed among its botanicals.

It has also developed seasonal specials – Simmer Gin and Holly Days as well as two Up Helly Aa gins to mark the annual Shetland Viking fire festival.

The company has also produced two bottled in Shetland whiskies, Shetland Reel Blended Scotch Whisky and Shetland Reel Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Along with Shetland Reel Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, the gins have all won major international drinks awards.

Established to create a gin and whisky distillery, The Shetland Distillery Company is a partnership between Scotch whisky industry specialist Stuart Nickerson and his wife Wilma and Saxa Vord Resort owners Frank and Debbie Strang.

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