“Up Helly Aa 2019 is the 4th expression in the Up Helly Aa series from Shetland Reel. Up Helly Aa 2019 is a blend of 4 different casks that have all previously contained whiskies from some of the most prestigious distilleries in Scotland (Aberlour, Glenlivet, Glen Garioch). Ocean Sent gin was filled into the casks at 60% and is aged for up to three months before being bottled and hand sealed with red wax. This is the first release that has been matured across multiple casks, each carefully selected by master distiller Stuart Nickerson. The cask ageing process helps to reduce the kick sometimes associated with navy strength gins. Using our award-winning Ocean Scent as the base of our 2019 edition, it has given this expression a huge depth of flavour thanks to its unique botanical – bladderwrack seaweed.
Tasting Notes: Juniper and citrus from the gin followed by rich sweetness from the sherry casks on the nose – subtle oak flavours but still maintains a freshness from the gin.
Delicate sweetness and wood notes followed by a bold juniper and gentle warmth from the spice. Tonic lets more citrus flavours come through and lifts the subtle whisky flavours to make a refreshing G&T.