Blackwood Distillers had entered the market with a blended malt whisky, the brainchild of Caroline Whitfield and the team, matured on the island of Unst and named for the most northerly piece of Britain, Muckle Flugga in the Shetlands.
A whisky name with an interesting history. Muckle Flugga is a blend of multiple individual single malt whiskies from the Scottish mainland.
Then it is shipped to mature for a further 12 months on the remote island of Unst, near the Muckle Flugga lighthouse. Here it undergoes every type of climate from gales and salt spray to summer sun. Each bottle carries an individual bottle number.
“Definitely one of the most unusual brands we have worked with, Muckle Flugga’s was under new ownership and required a brand restart.”
The bottle is 70cl at 40% abv with a recommended retail price of £32, €38 or $50.
In May 2008 Blackwood Distillers went into administration, and in August 2008 was forced into liquidation. A new company, Catfirth Limited, was set up with plans to take the distillery project forward, part of the funding for which is to be from the continued import of Scottish whisky for maturation in Shetland. However at time of writing (January 2012) no further progress has been made.