The Monday Mash-Up XXI

Immortal Memories Are Made of This

Last week saw the first meeting in 2018 of The Stirling Gin Club, which is held monthly in The Stirling Highland Hotel and for a treat we decided to start the New Year with a blind gin-tasting!

As you can see from the pic below the patrons of the SGC flocked to the event where they were challenged to indulge in a bit of detective work to guess the identity of 10 premium dry gins.

The Stirling Gin Club

When you consider the different scents, aromas and tastes that pervade from some of the finest craft gins in the British Isles this is no easy thing, but at the end of a memorable evening a clear winner emerged.

Pictured below with SG co-owner Cameron McCann, who was clearly in the mood for a knees up, is our champion blind-taster and SGC stalwart Maggie Rankin who boasted a hugely impressive 100% success rate.

Maggie Rankin

This has of course left us wondering if a clue to Maggie’s success in this game of gin ‘Hide & Seek’ lies in the name Rankin but of one thing there is no doubt, Maggie was determined to fight ‘Tooth & Nail’ to win this question of gin!

Of course, with Stirling Gin set to move into our very own custom-built distillery later this year we have a lot of projects bubbling away in the background for which the need of art work is paramount.

So, we thought we would enlist the services of the brilliant students from New College (Lanarkshire) Art & Design HNC course.

New College

On Friday morning a three-judge panel comprising of co-owners Cameron and June McCann and our shy and retiring media man Bert Mitchell, presided as the students presented their work.

The standard of the entries was exceptionally high, indeed of such quality that our three judges (pic below) have only just whittled the entrants down to a three-person short-list for the two £100 prizes up for grabs.

The Panel Master

A decision will be imminent, and we promise to share that with you as well as a pic of the lucky winners, but Cameron was keen to record his gratitude to the course’s senior lecturer Sandra Ord and of course to the students themselves.

Cam said: “It was fantastic to hear from each one of the students just how their creative processes worked, also to then see the visual result of their imagination and creativity and I must say the HNC Art & Design Course at New College is packed with some very talented young people.

“SG also need to say a huge thanks to Sandra Ord for organising the presentations and of course advising the students on what we were after which was spread across three different briefs.

“After reducing the entry down to a three person shortlist we now have some really tough decisions to make and that’s testimony to the quality of the work we viewed!”

Of course, the immortal memory of Robert Burns, the man known by among other names as ‘The Ploughman Poet’, has just been celebrated and never one to miss out on an evening of food, drink and…..verse (!) co-owner Cameron McCann was soon rubbing shoulders with celebrity as he enjoyed the Bard’s Night at the renowned Alloa Burns Club!

Here is our glorious leader pictured with the former winner of ‘The Voice’ TV talent show Stevie McCrorie.

The Voice

As many of you will know Stevie won the 2015 season of BBC1’s The Voice with his acclaimed rendition of Kodaline’s “All I Want”.

Now it’s hard to work out just why Stevie has a slightly bemused look on his face. We thought perhaps it may have been that Cam had just regaled Stevie with one of his favourite Burns’ quotations: “Some hae meat and canna eat, — And some wad eat that want it; But we hae meat, and we can eat, Sae let the Lord be thankit.”

More likely Cam just told his new friend the last round was on him!!

But while Burns night has now gone for another year we thought we would finish this week’s Mash-Up with a wee suggestion as to how you might want to wash down the national dish next year, or indeed anytime sooner if the mood takes you!

Next Year's tipple

Stirling Gin….isn’t it time you  #GraspTheNettle!

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