Shetland Reel launch new Countdown Gin in collaboration with Shetland Space Centre

The new gin celebrates the upcoming satellite launch.

Published 28th May 2021
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

Shetland Reel have released Countdown Gin to celebrate the upcoming launch from the Shetland Space Centre.

The launch brings together the gin company and the Shetland Space Centre, both of which operate from the island of Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island.

The gin marks the official countdown to the UK’s first ever vertical satellite launch, which is set to take place in Unst in 2022.

The proposed launch site is just a few miles from Shetland Distillery, so it’s fitting that these two brands have come together to create a celebratory spirit.

Countdown Gin is the distillery’s Original Gin, but it contains more juniper, spice and citrus.

Commenting on the new gin and the collaboration, director of Shetland Reel Debbie Strang said: “If you like our Original Gin, you’ll love this.

"It’s packed with more of everything that makes our original so great, including the locally harvested botanical apple mint.

"Fans of our previous festive gin Holly Days will enjoy this as it’s a very similar distillation.

“It’s a very exciting time for us here at Shetland Reel. Not only is the distillery reopening to the public after a challenging 2020, but we’re also looking forward to welcoming a whole new industry to the islands in the form of the Shetland Space Centre.

“Having Europe’s premiere spaceport facilitating small satellite launch facilities right here on our doorstep is a massive coup for Shetland, hopefully bringing in lots of jobs and boosting the local economy.

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"Our new Countdown Gin is a way of marking the start of the project and giving the people of Shetland, who have always supported us, a delicious new gin to enjoy ahead of the first satellite launch next year.”

Scott Hammond, Shetland Space Centre operations director added: “The establishment of the Shetland Space Centre in Unst will create many opportunities for businesses throughout Shetland, from local engineering companies becoming involved to support launch activities or a local B&B owner welcoming interested visitors.

"We are delighted about the release of Countdown Gin and I for one will definitely be marking the occasion with a celebratory G&T.”

Countdown Gin is priced at £30 for 700ml and is available to buy from the Shetland Reel website, as well as shops and supermarkets across Shetland.

Visitors can also pick up a bottle from the Unst distillery when it reopens to the public on 1 June.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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