Baby and production boom at UK’s most northerly distillery

February 17 2017, 11.07amUpdated: February 17 2017, 11.47am
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Production at the UK’s most northerly distillery has soared in the past year while two of its three staff are poised to become fathers.

The Shetland Distillery Company’s (SDC) output grew by 300% to 300,000 bottles because of popularity of its gins and whiskies.

Online sales are also said to have increased by 300%.

It comes as two of the distillery’s three staff are to become fathers again on the island of Unst, which has a population of 600 people.

Distillery team member Luke Rees’s partner Iona is expecting a third baby in August while distillery manager Mark Turnbull’s partner Jax is expecting their second baby at the end of July.

Mr Turnbull said: “It’s been a really busy year with a big upturn in demand both from our distributors and from online orders.

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

The firm produces two gins, the Original Shetland Reel gin, two seasonal specials – Simmer gin and Holly Days – and two Up Helly Aa gins to mark the annual Shetland Viking fire festival.

The company has also produced Shetland Reel blended Scotch whisky and Shetland Reel single malt Scotch whisky.

SDC director Debbie Strang said: “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.”

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