The Monday Mash-Up XXIV

A Home from Home!

WITH Valentine’s Day now a distant memory, and the weather unable to make up it’s mind whether spring is ready to be sprung or we are to be chilled to the bone by another impending Polar Vortex, Stirling Gin has been out and about determined to lift our patrons’ spirits!

Our private gin-tastings are proving increasingly popular with ladies who like to sample the delights of Stirling Gin and learn a bit more about our wild nettle infused blend in the comforts of their own home.

Pictured below is the proof that to get the most from this experience all you need is ‘Patience’, in fact SG brand ambassador and master mixologist Stewart Patience to be precise!

All You Need Is Patience

While the ladies who had booked this gin tasting for a homely ‘Hen Night’ were clearly enthralled by the words of wisdom imparted by the man known to all at SG as ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’, the sight of these rather smart Stirling Gin High-Ball glasses waiting to be quaffed is proof that the expectant damsels all-consuming thirst for ‘gin-knowledge’ was well rewarded!

Of course, we were also out and about in the big smoke and when SG were asked to provide 250 of our ‘Bloody Scotland’ cocktails for the ScotRail ‘Your Recognition Awards Dinner’, held at the Radisson Blu, in Glasgow, we were delighted to head for the bright lights!

We’re sure you will agree that our Bloody Scotland cocktail drinks reception was a sight for sore eyes!!

But as you will understand, after a hectic festive period and a frantic start to 2018 it’s always good to enjoy a wee break, even if as you can see from the pic of our little chum ‘Ginster’, it was a Busman’s Holiday!

Ginster on Holiday

Just as well the rain stayed mainly in the plain!

AT SG, as your probably know, we do like our country piles and tomorrow night Stirling Gin co-owner Cameron McCann is on duty at a private tasting in the sumptuous surroundings of Gargunnock House.

As you can see from the pic below the exquisite 1794 Georgian façade is surrounded by 2,000 acres of prime Stirlingshire farmland but while our glorious leader is ‘well-kent’ around these parts,  Gargunnock House has had one guest whose renown is from another world!

Gargunnock House

The stately home’s old tower dictates that the main rooms are on the first floor above the traditional vaulted basement and the sumptuous drawing-room contains an ornate but now ornamental piano on which no less than the great Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin tickled the ivories!

Gargunnock House was bought in 1835 by Charles Stirling, a respected Glasgow merchant and scion of an old Perthshire family and the story goes that his sister Jane was Chopin’s pupil and friend.

So much so that in 1848 ‘Freddy’ was invited to Scotland and taken on a tour, meeting members of Jane’s family and staying in their various stately homes, but not until he had hit the right note with her brother Charles!

It goes without saying that we’re hoping that Cameron will strike the right chord with tonight’s expectant audience!

So, as Bob Dylan once said ‘Times They Are A Changin’’ and we’ll end this week’s Mash-Up by extending an invite to join us at The Dunbar Gin Fayre which is being held on Saturday (February 24) at The Strawberry Barn and the good news is that there are still a few tickets priced at just £15 left.

So if you are in the Dunbar area on Saturday and like to gin and bear it, then just click on

Hope to see you there!

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


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