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The Monday Mash-Up XXXVI

A Right Royal Mash-Up!

IN a week dominated by royalty it’s perhaps appropriate that we start this week’s Mash-Up….at the Castle!

Stirling Gin co-owners Cameron and June McCann were both delighted to attend the Board of Trade Awards evening held at Stirling Castle last week.

The Board of Trade is usually held in Edinburgh but at the behest of our local MP Stephen Kerr, Stirling Castle’s iconic great hall was chosen as the host venue for the awards evening, where no less than Dr Liam Fox, the Secretary of Trade for International Trade and President of The Board of Trade, was presenting the awards.

As you can see from the picture below June was quick to make sure that Dr Fox got to hear of the delights of our unique Stirlingshire wild nettle infused gin and judging by the smile on the good Doctor’s face he liked what he heard!

Doctor Liam Fox

It was perhaps fitting that in these ‘right royal times’, June, our very own ‘Queen of Gin’ (pictured below), was attending the fifth birthday ‘Forth Valley Women in Business’ lunch where 42 of the most influential business women in Central Scotland enjoyed hearing about the story of Stirling Gin.

Forth Valley Woman In Business - Stirling Gin

Of course, while the weekend was dominated by the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the royal nuptials were celebrated in many different shapes and forms around the country.

At Doune the first ever farmer’s market coincided with the royal wedding and we are delighted to say our specially produced ‘Wedding Royale’ cocktail, pictured below, went down a treat with the parched punters who attended!

Doune Farmers

A busy Saturday also saw Stirling Gin make an appearance in the Kingdom of Fife, at Balgove Larder, where we made sure our uber blend helped patrons enjoy a right royal knees up!

Blagove Larder

But there was no let up on Sunday when June attended the Strathcarron Hospice ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ event with Michelle McManus, the former Queen of the chat show sofa, at The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort.

As you can see from the pic below The Westerwood staff did a fantastic job of serving our ‘Bloody Scotland’ cocktail to 350 thirsty ladies who were delighted to let our exclusive cocktail provide the crowning glory to a fab weekend!

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Below Juniper is pictured with event organiser Clare MacDonald who made sure the lunch would have been fit for a King!

Strathcarron Pic 1

Elsewhere at Dunblane Golf Club Cameron had assembled a ‘crack’ team of birdie hunters to take part in a corporate event prior to making sure that the subsequent prize presentation was suitably lubricated with our big nosed botanical blend!

From left to right we have Scottish champion curler Vicky Wright, Adrian Wolf of Wolfe Designs, our glorious leader and Olympic curling ace Greg Drummond.

Dunblane Golf Club

Although we are assured that Team Stirling Gin produced some ‘majestic’ golf, details about any leader board finish have remained (it’s time to mix those metaphors!) cloaked in a veil of silence!!

Looking ahead SG are delighted to attend this weekend’s Dunblane Fling, which is a celebration of music, culture and family fun we are really looking forward to.

While on Sunday we are thrilled to be presenting an ‘our story’ and sampling experience at the annual Drymen Show dinner and one thing’s for sure…. wait for it…. you can bet we will make sure we will be treating patrons like….royalty!!

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

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The Monday Mash-Up

A Tale of Two Spirits!

AS you know we like to start ‘The Monday Mash-Up’ with a bit of good news and this week we have plenty of it!

It’s been another hugely busy weekend with our sister company ‘The Stirling Spirit Company’ celebrating a magnificent seven!

No that wasn’t because Len Goodman was in town but because the seventh annual Stirling Whisky Festival celebrated a sell-out success!

Co-owner June McCann has barely had time to catch her breath: “It’s been another ‘dramtastic’ weekend with 700 whisky-lovers helping to make sure we had a sell-out for the seventh Stirling Whisky Festival,” revealed June.

She continued: “What was particularly pleasing about this year’s event was the international flavour it had. We had patrons arriving from Chicago, Switzerland, France and Australia and they all shared one thing, a passion for the water of life and of course enjoyed a Stirling Gin or two!

“But while our ‘drambusters’ had a great time at The Stirling Highland Hotel, a conservative estimate would put the benefit to the local economy, all in, at over £100,000. I think that’s something we should all drink too!”

Of course, there is the small matter of a certain wedding taking place on Saturday and to mark this right royal occasion Stirling Gin are launching a new cocktail to help our patrons raise a glass to ‘Harry & Meghan’!

On Saturday at the first ever Doune Farmers Market ’The Royal Rouge’ will be making its debut appearance and we at SG have no doubt that whether you want to toast the happy couple or just forget about them (!) our new Stirling Gin based cocktail will provide a crowning moment!

Looking forward, next weekend SG will find ourselves out and about at The Balgrove Larder where we are delighted to be providing an in-store tasting in beautiful St Andrews.

But looming large is a date that is simply a must for your diary!

The first ever Gin, Rum & Cocktail festival will be held at historic Gean House in Clackmannanshire a month on Saturday (June 16) and we are now down to our final 76 tickets!

So to avoid disappointment, for what at just £25 per ticket (plus booking fee), is sure to be one of the most memorable days on the summer festival scene, click on BUY HERE

Gin Rum and Spirit Festival 2018 event brite

But now for something completely different! As most of you will be aware we are proud sponsors of ‘The Bloody Scotland’ international crime writing festival held in Stirling every September.

So, it seemed a natural progression for SG to come on board as the launch sponsor for Stirling born and bred crime writer RJ Mitchell’s new crime thriller ‘The Shadow of Fear’.

The launch will be taking place on Thursday, June 7 at ‘The Stirling Smith’ and SG co-owners Cameron and June McCann were delighted to be on hand as The Stirling Observer photographer got jiggy with his camera at a sun-kissed Stirling Smith earlier today.

Pictured below June & Cameron are in the back row flanked by WH Smith Scotland director David Hunter and Stirling Smith director Elspeth King with RJ, the ‘Stirling scribbler’, seated front.

RJ Book Launch 1

Book launches can be thirsty events and it would be criminal if Stirling Gin wasn’t along to make sure it was a well-oiled occasion!

But until next time that’s all folks!

Stirling Gin isn’t it time you #GraspTheNettle!

The Monday Mash-Up XXXIV

    Stirling Gin Goes ‘A Viking’

IT may have been famously conquered by the Romans, Vikings and Normans but this bank holiday weekend Yorkshire was the subject of a fourth invasion as Stirling Gin took the white rose county by storm!

As you know at SG we like to spread the good news about our wild nettle botanical blend across the border at every opportunity, so it was perhaps appropriate we went ‘a viking’ in Yorkshire where of course York is itself still referred to by some as the old Norse Jorvik!

So, let’s start this week’s Mash-Up with a case of ‘Evil Eye’! Home to the ‘bizarre, weird and wonderful’ Evil Eye is York’s premier gin shop and cocktail bar and situated in the city’s historic Stonegate area, the venue has quickly built up a reputation as Yorkshire’s home of Gin!

Naturally we were delighted to drop in and catch up with the lovely Katie, as we concluded a little deal to make sure Stirling Gin takes its place among the multitude of gins on offer!

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Of course, you can’t leave a place as beautiful as York without enjoying some of the sights and what about this lovely picture of the River Ouse…it was enough to work up a thirst we can assure you!

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But while we like to enjoy the scenery the weekend’s trip to the land once ruled by the Vikings was all about missionary work (!) and our next stop was a private gin and cocktail tasting in the delightful hamlet of Kirkby Fleetham in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire.

The lands of Fleetham date back to before the Norman Conquest when they were owned by Gamli son of Uhtred but post conquest they were taken by a nasty sounding fellow called Odo the chamberlain, while the name derives from a combination of kirkju-býr, Old Norse for village with a churchflēot the Old English for small stream and hām the Old English for farm.

Anyway, that’s enough of the history lesson and as you can see from the pic below the SG battle bus was certainly made to feel to the manor born!

Yorkshire 5

But we were particularly pleased with the reaction to our ‘Bloody Scotland’ cocktail which our group of gin and cocktail cognoscenti found was very much to their taste!

Yorkshire 3

Next up was a Sunday sojourn at ‘The Wetherby Gin Fayre’ which saw over 300 thirsty gin-lovers descend on the town hall desperate to have their taste buds tickled and these lucky ladies (pictured below) were certainly prepared to gin and bear it!

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Before we bid a fond adieu to a sun-kissed Yorkshire we couldn’t resist one last snap, this time of the beautiful River Wharfe. But to our amazement although the Wharfe is famous for having salmon as big as 12lbs leaping out of it look what jumped our way!

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But before we go we thought we would share a pic from ‘The Stirling Life’ Magazine which features the city’s first couple of gin, SG co-owners June and Cameron McCann and which we would recommend you take a peak at if you get the chance!

Stirling Life

Anyway, after what has been a very busy weekend even by SG standards, the jet lag has hit us hard, so until next time that’s all folks!

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

 

 

The Monday Mash Up

                                                Life’s a Marathon not a Sprint!

AS official gin of The Stirling Marathon you must forgive us if we hit the ground running in this week’s Mash-Up!

With almost 6,000 enthusiastic runners tackling both the full marathon distance of 26.2 miles and the half marathon abbreviated version it was only right that your favourite wild-nettle infused botanical blend was on hand to help our ‘athletes’ gin and bear it!

Our first picture from Sunday’s action shows our crack team of elite ‘gin-runners’, Stewart, Lisa and Marc setting up and preparing for the arrival of some very thirsty customers!

Marathon 1

SG co-owner Cameron McCann was delighted with a…wait for it…well-run day: “As official craft gin supplier to The Great Run Company we supply Stirling Gin to eight of their runs including The Great North Run, but the run that is closest to our heart is naturally The Stirling Marathon.

“This is our second year supplying SG at the event but our first when we have also supplied our Bloody Scotland cocktail and I was particularly pleased with how well it went down!

“I’d just like to take the chance to thank Stirling Marathon director Jennifer Isaacs for all her help and to congratulate all the runners who took part and no doubt raised thousands for well deserving causes. It really was a great day out.”

Next up we have the first two customers, of what proved to be a ‘marathon day’ out, with these two young ladies trusting in the reviving powers of a blood transfusion…..courtesy of our ‘Bloody Scotland’ cocktail!

Marathon 5

But with blues skies eventually triumphing over cloud and showers we were delighted to see Sarah’s first port of call after she had received her medal was the Stirling Gin Gazebo where our big nosed gin once again proved just the tonic!

Marathon 4

Next up we have three young ladies who seemed to wrap up their day quickly and were delighted to see their best efforts foiled again!

Marathon 2

Of course, as we mentioned our own crack SG team proved to be real prize guys with runners, patrons and officials alike and it’s only fitting that from left to right Mark, Kinchie, Lisa and Stewart were awarded their own podium finish!

Marathon 3

But before we leave you this week it really is time to confirm that spring has sprung!

Pictured below is a sight that gladdens the heart of all at Stirling Gin…the blooming of the wild Stirlingshire nettle!

Spring Nettles

Particularly with the early season nettle there is a sweetness of note that we believe firmly enhances you favourite big-nosed botanical blend!

Indeed, if you were about recently in our favourite ‘hunting grounds’ up in Bridge of Allan’s historic Minewood or the King’s Park, you may have spotted us busily hand-picking our early season crop!

One things for sure….you can bet we were #GraspingTheNettle!!

 

 

The Monday Mash-Up

Match of the Day!

It’s amazing how popular Stirling Gin has become in the world of sport!

While another busy weekend has just drawn to an end after SG was in attendance at events from the world of cricket and football, this coming week we will be pitching up at one of Scotland’s most famous athletics events….but more of that later!

So, let’s get back to the starting grid and on Friday night SG co-owner Cameron McCann was on duty at Doune Cricket Club where our big nosed botanical blend went down a treat with the players, supporters and very thirsty gin–lovers from the fascinatingly named ‘The Grazings’!

Interestingly enough the picture below features our glorious leader looking slightly worried….

No wonder when you consider that the 1866 founded club’s crest features, as the pic below shows, a pistol and a cricket bat…. !!!

 

Next up for us was the Barrhead Travel cruise show which was held at company HQ in Glasgow with some 400 of the travel world’s glitterati in attendance.

As you can see SG brand ambassador Stewart Patience made sure that a taste of Scotland was on everyone’s lips!

Barrhead Travel Cruise Fest

Our next stop is the Inchyra Grange Hotel where our friends at Falkirk FC were hosting their ‘Gala Awards Dinner’ and while we don’t like to blow our own trumpets, as you can see from the pic below, sometimes you have to pipe up!

Falkirk FC Dinner

This weekend Stirling Gin will once again team up with the Bairns when we are in attendance at the club’s much-anticipated ‘Ladies Day’ which should prove just the tonic!

Meanwhile the countdown is firmly on for Scotland’s first ever gin, rum and cocktail festival which is being hosted by SG’s sister company The Stirling Spirit Company, at historic Gean House, on Saturday June 16,

We are now down to our final 100 tickets so to avoid disappointment, for what at just £25 per ticket (plus booking fee), is sure to be one of the most memorable days on the summer festival scene, click on BUY HERE

Gin Rum and Spirit Festival 2018 event brite

The big sporting event of the week ahead is of course the Stirling Marathon where SG will be fulfilling its role as the event’s official gin. You will find us in Kings Park Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April selling by the bottle and serving up G&T’s and our famous ‘Bloody Scotland’ Cocktail.

We hope it will be a case of watch this space because SG will be rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty in the shape of Outlander’s Sam Heughan, who will be running and is pictured below.

Fingers crossed Sam may even be running in full Highland regalia, one things for sure, if he is you can bet SG co-owner June McCann will be doing everything she can to make sure she gets a snap with Sam the Man!!

StirlingGin…isn’t it time you #GraspTheNettle!

The Monday Mash Up

 All Systems Go!

STIRLING GIN is delighted to reveal that almost a year to the day after we put our bid in for our new home The Stirling Distillery we have had it rubber stamped and officially gained entry to the building which will soon become Stirling’s first ever gin distillery!

So in short, it’s all systems go!

Of course, as you’d expect, this great piece of news was celebrated in suitable fashion with an impromptu gin-tasting for a group of ‘new friends’ who we hope will help make SG the toast of the east, but more of that later, as at this point it’s best to let co-owner Cameron McCann wax lyrical over these two pretty momentous events for SG

Cam said: “Obviously our official entry into the building is a fantastic development and it’s amazing to think that after putting our bid in on April 14, 2017, we finally got the green light almost a year to the day later, yet despite it being Friday, April 13, we got lucky!

“What this means is that the local contractors who have been on standby ready to get to work have at last got the greenlight to do so and I very much hope we will have some great pictures to share with everyone as developments gather pace, but the bottom line is, at long last, it’s all systems go!”

Cameron continued: “On top of this Stirling Gin recently reached agreement with Min Tin Liqueur of Singapore to exclusively supply  SG to their retail, bar and restaurant outlets throughout the country.

“I am delighted to share that a group of three of their key directors (pictured below), Kirsty Aong, her father and Benny Wong flew over to visit us and take a look at the Old Smiddy for themselves.

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“When you have guests, who have travelled half-way around the world to visit, it seemed only fair to put on an impromptu tasting which included some of our new summer liqueur range, while myself and June also regaled them with the story of Stirling Gin.

“It would to be fair to say that even although right now The Old Smiddy is just an empty shell, they really were blown away by the whole story of Stirling Gin from the use of the wild Stirlingshire nettles, to the provenance and heritage that is the very essence of Stirling and so at the heart of everything we are trying to build at SG.

“As a result, we have now reached an agreement with Min Tin to roll out Stirling Gin into the wider Asian market and that is a hugely exciting development by any standards.”

But while our glorious leader was playing host in our home city of Stirling, brand ambassador Stewart Patience was busy building our profile at the Durham Gin Fayre, where the SG went down a treat with the 600 plus patrons who attended the three sessions at Durham Town Hall.

But rather than furnish us with pics of packed patrons imbibing our wild nettle infused botanical blend, ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin’ as we like to call him, has provided us with a more artistic contribution!

Obviously, as you can see from the pic below, Stewart was driven ‘quackers’ in the historic old market town and clearly caught out for a duck!

Durham Quackers

But we love the beautiful stained-glass window below and suffice to say, for our sins, we will be back in Durham next year!

Durham Stained Glass

SG were also in attendance at The MacDonald Inchyra Grange Hotel at the Falkirk Gin Festival, where the lovely Lisa was under siege from thirsty gin lovers as our big-nosed blend proved hugely popular with the 500 gin aficionados in attendance.

Falkirk Fayre

But what really pleased us was that our signature Bloody Scotland cocktail went down so well that we ran out!!

Of course, it’s a small world and we were amazed to find out that two groups of friends had, unbeknown to each other, attended both the Durham and Falkirk Festivals at the same time!

What was even more bizarre was that when the twin sets of chums ended up face timing each other, to their amazement, they found they were both ensconced at the Stirling Gin stalls some 179 miles apart!!

As someone once said…it’s a funny old game Saint!!

Looking ahead we have our first ever cricket club gin-tasting at Doune, while we will also be in attendance as one of Glasgow’s top travel agents hosts an exclusive city centre gathering this weekend.

But for now, that’s all folks!

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The Monday Mash-Up

Licence to Thrill!

WE are delighted to start this week’s Mash-Up with an important piece of very good news!

As some of you may be aware Stirling Gin has had the drinks licence for our Old Smiddy distillery unanimously granted by Stirling District Licensing Board.

This will allow us to host a variety of events within The Old Smiddy (pictured below) in Stirling’s historic Lower Castlehill area under the shadow of Stirling Castle itself!

Smiddy 1

While later this week we hope to have more good news regarding our entry into The Old Smiddy, SG co-owner Cameron McCann is very keen to underline the importance of this decision and confirm our commitment to work with and embrace the local community.

Cam said: “The fact our licence was granted unanimously is extremely important to us and we hope proof that the message we have tried to send from day one – that we want to be part of the Top of the Town community – has been received in the spirit intended.

“For us it’s vital residents know we value their support, will be providing jobs for local people and are determined to make a positive economic impact in Stirling.”

But it’s also been another busy weekend with Stirling Gin managing to take both the high road and the low road to events in different parts of Scotland at which our wild nettle infused gin went down a treat!

First up we head to the capital of The Highlands, where SG was appearing at The Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival at Bogbain Farm, with over 300 gin aficionados descending determined to slake their thirst!

As you can see the Stirling Gin flowed freely but we were also ecstatic with how well our signature ‘Bloody Scotland’ cocktail went down with festival patrons on what was officially called ‘The Big Day’!

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Co-owner June McCann was left purring by the Highland hospitality: “It was our first appearance at The Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival and it really was a fab experience.

“With over 100 spirits to try from the worlds of whisky and gin there was something for pretty much everyone to enjoy and what was particularly pleasing for us was how well our Bloody Scotland cocktail went down, as you can see from this pic!

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“You always value feedback from the public and that is of great importance to us particularly ahead of our plans to introduce Bloody Scotland in a canned format later in the summer.

“On top of that we met some nice people along the way, so all in all it was a great weekend in Inverness!”

But while co-owners Cameron and June were up North, SG brand ambassador Stewart Patience was attending a birthday party!

In fact, it was a first birthday party for our friends at ‘The Spirit of Callendar’ and an invitation we were more that happy to RSVP tout suite!!

As you can see from the picture below the Baby-Faced Assassin, looking very stern-faced (!) was, as always, the consummate professional!

Next up for SG is an appearance at The Falkirk Gin Festival at the MacDonald Inchyra Grange Hotel this Saturday, where we will be rubbing shoulders with 20 other gin exhibitors!

But watch this space folks!

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

The Monday Mash-Up

Easter Eggstravagance!

EASTER maybe a time of holiday and catching up with family for many but for Stirling Gin it marked another busy weekend.

Our first Easter outing came at Patons & Baldwins Bowling Club, Alloa, where both co-owners Cameron and June McCann were on duty as we provided a gin and cocktail tasting to a thirsty group of 33 bowlers, who pictured below, certainly didn’t need any egging on!

But especially at Easter we like to make sure that our punters get ‘eggstra’ value and the bowlers were left well…err…’eggstatic’ when we also provided an exclusive tasting opportunity from our new liqueur range which will be launched later this summer.

Right now we can’t provide any further details on these drinks but suffice to say the P & B stalwarts were bowled over by them on Friday night!

Next up was an appearance by Cameron at The City Walls Mini Gin Festival in our home city of Stirling.

The City Walls is the number one Belhaven pub in Central Scotland and a truly unique watering hole, situated as it is within the city’s historic medieval walls.

With SG the only gin company kindly invited to attend by manager Alan Fowler, a busy afternoon ensued, at which our big-nosed botanical blend went down a treat with the punters and cemented its place as this hugely popular hostelry’s best-selling craft gin.

City Walls

This weekend we are delighted to be making our debut appearance at the Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival.

This is something we at Stirling Gin are very excited about as we look forward to making new friends and meeting up with old chums amongst the 30+ exhibitors who will be promoting their products at a string of top venues in the Highland capital.

But returning home we are happy to report that session three (Saturday night) of this year’s Stirling Gin Festival is now a sell-out!

With the Saturday afternoon tasting not far behind and the Friday evening sampling sesh also selling steadily, if you want to experience the unique delights of what is fast becoming the most popular festival on the Scottish craft gin scene, quickly click on www.stirlingspiritcompany.scot/ and then click Stirling Gin Festival before it’s too late!

gin festival image

But before we go it’s only appropriate that we share an Easter Egg with you and right now at SG HQ we can promise you, as you can see from the pic below, we have the perfect refreshment to help make sure this is a truly eggsellent experience!

Ginster Easter Egg

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

 

 

 

The Monday Mash-Up

 Stirling Gin At the Movies!

THIS week we are starting at the movies!

Stirling Gin was delighted to be invited along to one of Scotland’s great cultural events, the 8th annual Hippodrome Silent Movie Festival in Bo’ness.

You might think this a strange place for us to visit but gin and indeed cocktails have a strong connection with the era of the silent silver screen.

It was the legendary silent movie star WC Fields who once quipped: “I exercise extreme self-control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast!”

While despite ‘Prohibition’ being enforced across the pond some of the biggest names of the 20’s like Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford also had cocktails named after them,

So, our intrepid brand ambassador Stewart Patience, was on hand at Bo’ness Town Hall to provide a gin and cocktail master class.

With a Stirling Gin and tonic served to each patron upon arrival at Hippfest’s very own silent saloon, as you can see from the pic below, our big-nosed botanical blend went down a treat with these femme fatales!!

Femme Fatales

Our next stop is the Blythswood Hotel where SG were delighted to be part of a select eight gin ensemble for what was very much a boutique Gin Festival for a select audience of 120 gin lovers who were introduced to the delights of our uber botanical blend for the first time.

As you can see from the pic below SG brand rep Marc McParland was in full flow as he ensured the gin flowed and we are delighted to report that so well did Stirling Gin go down that we have now been added to the gin list at arguably the most exclusive five-star establishment in Glasgow.

Blythswood Gin Fest

Our second festival appearance of the week came at Glasgow University where with Stewart and Marc once again on duty, SG were honoured guests of the Glasgow University Gin Society and we hope that at such an illustrious seat of learning we managed to educate a few palates in the delights of our wild nettle infused gin!

As if that wasn’t enough SG were also on duty at both The St Enoch Centre, Glasgow and Stirling’s The Thistles Centre where our unique hand-crafted Easter Egg created exclusively for SG by Carol, ‘The Chocolate Gallery’s’ master chocolatier and filled with our famous 5cl cheeky chappy Ginster bottle proved just the job for shoppers!

Our St Enoch’s appearance also marked the first unveiling of our new gin- wagon and we hope you don’t mind us sharing a pic of our pride and joy!

New Cart Master

Of course, on Friday tickets for this year’s Stirling Gin Festival went on general release at a bargain £27.50 (plus booking fee) per session for the triple tippling soirée, which will once again be held at the iconic Stirling Highland Hotel on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.

Naturally we are delighted to report that just three days later, session three (Saturday night) is almost sold out, while the Saturday afternoon is not far behind and Friday evening, session one is also selling steadily.

With 120 gins set to be presented for tasting compared to 100 last year, the 2017 record of 1203 bottles sold is sure to fall this November and if you want to experience the unique delights of what is fast becoming the most popular festival on the Scottish craft gin scene click on www.stirlingspiritcompany.scot/ and then click Stirling Gin Festival!

We promise you a fascinating weekend full of insight, warmth and the best gins in the UK await….sound good?

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

The Monday Mash-Up

   THE EASTER(N) PROMISE!

THE sun is shining this Monday afternoon and at Stirling Gin our spirits (it’s always good to a get a pun in early!) have been lifted by some great news that has come our way over the weekend!

For we can exclusively reveal that Stirling Gin has reached agreement to supply our wild nettle infused gin exclusively to Singapore’s uber smart Carlton Hotel Group.

Pictured below you see the first few cases that will shortly head east, as SG bids to tickle the taste buds of Singapore’s discerning gin lovers with our unique big-nosed botanical blend!

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Of course, Easter is almost upon us and Stirling Gin are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with our friends at The Chocolate Gallery in Auchterarder, to create an Easter Egg with a difference!

Available from our Pop-Up Gin shops in Stirling’s The Thistles Centre and The St Enoch Centre in Glasgow from this Thursday until Sunday, you will be able to purchase a unique luxury Easter Egg hand-crafted exclusively for SG by Carol, ‘The Chocolate Gallery’s’ master chocolatier, which will be filled with our famous 5cl cheeky chappy Ginster bottle.

Easter Egg

At a bargain £15 this ‘eggcellent’ limited edition offer will only be available, as we may have mentioned earlier(!), at our two pop-up shops between Thursday (March 22) and Sunday (March 25) this week…so hurry, the interest on social media has been massive!!!

Regular reads of The Monday Mash-Up will know that a Stirling Gin judging panel comprising of co-owners Cameron and June McCann and SG’s shy & retiring media man Bert Mitchell attended New College Cumbernauld, where Art & Design students presented a variety of briefs as they bid to provide the designs for SG’s new liqueur range.

Well we can exclusively reveal that the lucky recipient of the £100 winner’s cheque was a talented young lady called Stephanie Wilson who is pictured below with Cameron.

Stephanie

While there was no doubting the quality of the overall entry, the panel unanimously voted for Stephanie’s creation and we look forward to sharing it with you later.

Now a date for your diary!

On Friday (March 23) tickets for this year’s Stirling Gin Festival will go on general release!

Briefs for the most sought-after Gin Festival on the Scottish craft gin circuit are priced at a bargain £27 (plus booking fee) per session for the triple tippling soirée, which will once again be held at the iconic Stirling Highland Hotel on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.

Our very own Queen of Gin, June McCann, is promising this year’s event will assume the mantle of Scotland’s foremost craft-gin festival, after last year’s event drew a record 1,000 gin-lovers over its twin-sessions, taking over £30,000 in off-sales while generating around £100,000 for the local Stirlingshire economy.

June said: “We were thrilled with the figures and the fun that the fourth annual Stirling Gin Festival generated but I have no doubt in saying that the 2018 event will be both bigger and better!

“We will be lifting our number of exhibitors from 24 to 30 and the increase won’t just be in numbers but in quality and variety,” vowed June.

With 120 gins set to be presented for tasting compared to 100 last year, one things for sure and that is the 2017 record of 1203 bottles sold is sure to fall this November!

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