Found at the northern extreme of Scotland (but only a little west of Norway!), Shetland is known for its harsh weather and cold winters ¬– illustrated by the logo of this bottling. The island is yet to have a producing whisky distillery (though some are on the way) but who needs one when they have such an excellent quality of gin! Blackwoods gin gives real taste of the islands, which can only support 400 different species of plant, due to tough terrain, weather and short summers. Blackwoods uses handpicked botanicals from Shetland, that represent the unique environment and flavours of the islands. This particular bottling, the Superior 2012 Vintage contains coriander, angelica, marsh marigold, meadow sweet, sea pink, and of course, juniper. The result is a fabulously refreshing gin, with sharp citrus notes, a little earthy spice, and a unique maritime quality. The 60% ABV provides this gin with great clarity of flavour, a little peppery spice, and thick, undiluted mouth-feel. Excellent value for money!