The Shetland Distillery Company launches new hawthorn gin - and it's ideal for Christmas

A new Christmas gin is now available from the team behind Shetland Reel.

Published 5th Oct 2020
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

The Shetland Distillery Company has launched a new hawthorn gin, and it's ideal for festive drinks.

Although the distillery doors may have been closed to visitors during summer, something special has been distilling at Saxa Vord Distillery on the island of Unst, Shetland.

The team behind Shetland Reel gin recognised the demand for seasonal creations and have been working behind the scenes during lockdown to create anew gin just in time for Christmas - Hawthorn Festive Gin.

Using local botanicals is key to the team at the Shetland Distillery Company, and for their new release they decided to showcase a hedgerow staple, the hawthorn berry.

The unique green leaves and vibrant red berries of hawthorn evoke festive feelings, and embody the essence of a truly special festive spirit.

The creation of this festive spirit has encouraged the team at the Shetland Distillery Company to go back to their origins, and only use nine botanicals.

Utilising an abundance of hawthorn berries, they’ve created a unique profile of gin, where mellow berry notes are complimented by the spice of the juniper berries to create a smooth gin.

Each bottle of hawthorn gin has been carefully distilled, bottled, labelled, and finished by hand, with festive green waxed tops and gift tags – making it an ideal gift for a gin fan this Christmas.

The Shetland Reel hawthorn gin is now available to buy on the Shetland Reel website, priced at £29.50.

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