Category Archives: Saxa Vord

Shetland Reel Whisky 5-year-old

Bought: Shetland Reel Gin, 11th September 2015

None as yet but listed on Whiskybase here.

I was going to list this whisky in my collection as a ‘Glenglassaugh’ since that’s where it was distilled but what the heck, I’m putting it under ‘Saxa Vord Distillery’ on the island of Unst in Shetland where it was bottled. The big selling point of this single malt when it appeared in September 2015 was being the first whisky to be bottled on the Shetland Isles, which makes it the most northerly whisky ever bottled in Scotland. But, as the label says, it was distilled in “a Portsoy distillery” which is another way of saying this whisky is Glenglassaugh.

The release was limited to 4 casks, one peated, which produced 21 bottles, and 3 non-peated, which produced 151 bottles. Since both my parents were born in Shetland, and I have a lot of family history there, I simply had to get a bottle. Not surprisingly they sold out pretty quickly but I got bottle no.6 of 50 from the 1st non-peated cask. Distilled on 15th December 2009 and bottled on 13th July 2015, this 5-year-old was matured in German virgin oak. At cask strength of 58.8% and natural colour, I’m expecting it to taste youthful but feisty. But I wont be opening it until a special occasion involving a gathering of the family clan.

Shetland Reel Whisky 5yo 70cl