Blackwood distillery

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Founded July 2002

Blackwood distillery was a Scottish distiller founded in July 2002 with the aim of building Shetland's first Scotch whisky distillery run by Caroline Whitfield. Products included Muckle Flugga whisky, Jago’s cream liqueur and Blackwoods gin and vodka.[1] In May 2008, the company went into administration, but a new company, Catfirth Ltd, was established to continue the whisky business and took over the remaining stocks of whisky.[2] The stocks of the vodka and gin brands were sold to a company called Blavod Extreme Spirits.[3] In 2013, word of further funding came through, with a promise that a distillery will open soon after[4] but by 2015 that had not happened.[1]

Unless Blackwood distillery is ever operational again, Highland Park in Orkney is the most northerly distillery in Scotland although Shetland Distillery Company, a whisky blending and bottling company was set up in Unst in 2014.[1]


The company's first products went on sale in October 2003:

  • JAGOs vanilla vodka cream (17% abv)
  • Blackwood's Vintage Dry Gin (40% abv)
  • Blackwoods 60 Gin (60%abv)
  • Blackwood's Premium Nordic Vodka (40% abv)

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  1. ^ a b c Morton, Tom (2015-09-15). "Shetland's whisky saga". Scotch Whisky Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  2. ^ Shetland Times article
  3. ^ "Blackwoods Gin - home page of the brand". Blackwoods Gin. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  4. ^ Marter, Hans J (23 September 2013). "New plans for a Shetland whisky distillery". Shetland News. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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