The Monday Mash-Up


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!

Boxing Clever 2

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.


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!

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The Monday Mash-Up

Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics!

AS regular readers of our Monday Mash-Up column will know we at Stirling Gin love our statistics!

So, did you know that it was Benjamin Disraeli, the famous Victorian former British Prime Minister who was alleged to have said: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”

Amazingly this quotation was attributed to Disraeli by the great American writer Mark Twain, although funnily enough there is no recorded instance of Disraeli having uttered these words!

Yet while that may all be a case of smoke and mirrors, one set of statistics released over the weekend has been music to the ears of all at Stirling Gin!

Would you believe that Britons bought a record 51million bottles of gin last year with sales up by £104million this Christmas compared with 2016!

2017 was also a record-breaking year for gin exports which broke the £500million barrier for the first time with 515 gin distilleries now open in the UK, more than double the number operating five years ago!

Of course, the Stirling Gin distillery will shortly be added to that number and with his usual immaculate timing SG’s glorious leader Cameron McCann (pictured below) took centre stage at the Head Offices of Triage Ltd where he presented on the story of Stirling Gin from ‘birth to bottle’.


A captivated, or was that captured audience (!), which included Triage owner Kate Carnegie MBE, Stirling Council chief executive Stewart Carruth and council director Carol Beattie, listened intently as the Camster provided an address that, we are assured, the great Disraeli would have been more than happy to include in his quote….if indeed he’d uttered these words in the first place!

Moving swiftly on co-owner Cameron’s busy week continued with a trip to Stirling University, where students from the MBA course, pictured below, presented for our Bloody Scotland Cocktail marketing brief.

Bloody Scot Brief

Over to you Cam: “I’d just like to say a huge thanks to the MBA students who presented to us, their work was truly phenomenal, and they were also lovely people.

“Going forward they have given us exactly what we were looking for from the brief and a huge thanks to them for all their hard work in that respect.”

SG were also out and about at our local rugby club, Stirling County RFC, where brand ambassador Stewart Patience and the lovely Lisa ensured that rugby fans had their whistles, as you can see from the pic below, well and truly wetted!

County Fest 2

Of course, the SG staff work hard to make sure that our delicious big-nosed botanical blend reaches the punters that other gins can’t reach and as such it was nice to provide them with a little reward for their efforts!

This came in the shape of a day on the ice at The Scottish Curling Centre, where the stars of our Team Stirling Gin curling team put, with a variety of success, our lads and lasses through their paces!

First up we have Lisa, who was clearly brought to her knees by the whole experience!

CurIing Bonding Day 1

Next is the baby-faced assassin himself, SG brand ambassador Stewart, showing that when it comes to curling all you need is poise and well….patience!

Study in Patience

But undoubtedly the pic(k) of the bunch from a great day out arrived when co-owner Juniper proved that when it comes to ice and Stirling Gin, for her it’s always a case of bottoms-up!

Curling 3

But before we leave you for another week, remember a whole host of ‘gintastic’ gifts are literally at your fingers if you head over to where you can pick up a bargain and make sure that your taste buds are well and truly tickled by our unique wild nettle infused uber gin!

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The Monday Mash-Up

Home (Almost) Alone!

WE are delighted to start this week’s Monday-Mash-Up with a little picture exclusive!

You will of course be aware that we have had the green light from Stirling Council Planning Department to proceed with our plans to convert a Victorian Blacksmiths into our new ‘Old Smiddy’ Distillery.

Below is the first ever picture taken from inside the premises with co-owner June McCann acting as tour guide to The Scottish Gin Society Awards Programme Manager Pippa Barker!

Distillery Exclusive

‘Juniper’ was understandably delighted to play hostess: “The next step in the process is of course to get to work on the conversion procedure but nevertheless it was an exciting moment to finally get access to the premises and show Pippa around,” said our first lady of gin.

June continued: “As you can see the potential to create a bespoke 21st century custom built gin distillery, while also retaining some of the charm and character of the ‘Old Smiddy’s’ Victorian heritage, is awesome….so watch this space!”

Of course, you may wonder what Pippa (we love her fab Leopard skin boots!) from The Scottish Gin Awards was doing being given an exclusive show round….but that can wait for another day!!

Of course, we couldn’t let this week’s Mash-Up go without mentioning ‘The Beast from The East’ which certainly proved to have plenty of bite!

As you can see from the pic below of the Stirling Gin van, we were confined to barracks and were particularly sad to miss out on a sports dinner due to be held by Falkirk FC, for whom Stirling Gin are the official gin suppliers.


But while we missed out a big night out with The Bairns we were delighted to put our spare night to good use when SG organised a private tasting for our two new summer gin liqueurs which will be launched when the weather is hopefully a bit balmier!

Although at this stage we can’t reveal the names or contents of our two top secret summer tipples, we can tell you that they went down very well as our guinea pigs from the worlds of crime fiction, corporate business, canine care and five-star hotels all purred in satisfaction at their servings!

Pictured below we can assure you that our ruby red rib-tickler helped banish ‘The Beast’ and ensure that our patrons were left with a warm feeling inside!

Sneak Preview

But thankfully the big thaw is well on the way now and the week ahead is another busy one for Stirling Gin with co-owner Cameron McCann at Stirling University, where he will be casting his beady eye over a series of presentations produced by MBA students for our’ projected ‘Bloody Scotland’ cocktail launch.

While on March 22 the Stirling Gin Pop-Up shop will once again…er…well…pop-up, but this time amazingly in two places at the same time, with Stirling’s Thistles Centre and the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow being given the full SG treatment!

We are particularly looking forward to our debut appearance at the St Enoch Centre where we hope our bespoke gin-wagon, pictured below, will go down like an SG over ice!

Gin Wagon

But before we finish this week’s Mash-Up it’s important to give all you gents out there one final chance to make the most important member of your family very happy this weekend!

For, as we all know, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and Stirling Gin have the perfect present if you’ve left it late and are starting to panic!

For a few places remain up for grabs at our Gin & Cocktail Master Class being held at Stirling County RFC at 12pm on Saturday.

For just £18 mum will be able to enjoy an SG & tonic and two of our premium gin-based cocktails and given the inside story on how to make a mouth water with our cocktails!

Afterwards enjoy free entry to the ‘Stirling County’s Bouncing’ fest that will include live big screen coverage of the Ireland versus Scotland Six Nations encounter…. Book your space here.

Rugby club masterclass

Alternatively, you might want to take advantage of another superb SG offer which could help make Mother’s Day memorable this weekend

The exclusive and deliciously citrus scented Stirling Gin candle is now back in stock and for just £19.99, you can not only light up your ‘des res’ but create a heavenly ambience that is perfect to help enjoy a ‘gintastic’ moment and sure to put a big smile on the most important member of your family!! BUY HERE

But remember a whole host of ‘gintastic’ gifts are literally at your fingers if you head over to where you can pick up a bargain and make sure that your weekend is suitably….err, well…lubricated!

So remember Mum’s the word!

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The Monday Mash-Up XXV

                                                              Fayre Game!

IT’S been another weekend to remember for Stirling Gin thanks to our appearance at the 400-person sell-out Dunbar Gin Fayre!

As you can see from the picture below SG brand ambassador Stewart Patience was in full flow as he made sure our unique wild nettle infused blend went down a treat with patrons who were delighted to gin and bear it!

Dunbar 1

We are delighted that Stirling Gin has been asked to join the Gin Fayre’s list of core exhibitors, in what will see SG appearing at Fayres from the Lake District to Ayr, as we continue to grow our brand both South of the border and back home, with our next appearance being at the gin fayre in historic Durham on Saturday, April 14th.

SG’s growing profile down south has also been further heightened by the exclusive five-figure deal we have signed to supply gin to The Great Run Company.

The agreement will see SG supply our delicious craft gin at eight of The Great Run Company’s events on either side of the border, including the blue ribbon ‘Great North Run’, in Gateshead, which was established in 1981 and is now the biggest half-marathon race in the world!

The ‘GNR’ was founded by the living athletics legend that is Brendan Foster, with household names like Sir Mo Farah a four-time winner, Paula Ratcliffe a previous winner of the ladies’ event and over 1million runners, including Kevin Keegan, when he was the England football team captain, having participated in this amazing run.

As you can see from the pic below we have already been extensively testing our prized product on athletes the length and breadth of the country…and results have been good!

Now regular readers of ‘The Monday Mash-Up’ will recall that last week co-owner Cameron McCann was appearing ‘live & dangerous’ at historic Gargunnock House where the Camster was providing a bespoke gin tasting.

You might also remember we mentioned our glorious leader was following in the footsteps of the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin!

Well here at SG we like exclusives and below we have a picture exclusive of the very same piano on which ‘Fast Freddy’ tinkled the ivories….and can you believe it, but it looks like ‘obywatel’ (Polish for Mr) Chopin was partial to a drop of our big nosed uber blend!!

Chopin's Ghost

Now we realise this may get on your wick, but we have more good news for you!

Yes, the exclusive citrus scented Stirling Gin candle (pictured below)  is now back in stock and for just £19.99, you can not only light up your ‘des res’ but create a delicious heavenly ambience that is perfect to enjoy a ‘gintastic’ moment with the one you love…just make sure you don’t get guttered (get it?!!) BUY HERE

We always like to end the Monday Mash-Up with a look forward to future events and we are pleased to announce that we will be providing a Gin & Cocktail Master Class at Stirling County RFC, on Saturday March 10.

For just £18 you will be able to enjoy an SG & tonic and two of our premium gin-based cocktails and given the inside story on how to make a mouth water with our cocktails!

Afterwards you can enjoy free entry to the ‘Stirling County’s Bouncing’ fest that will include live big screen coverage of the Ireland versus Scotland Six Nations encounter…. Book your space here

But, alas it’s time to end this week’s Mash-Up and with the nation firmly gripped in the jaws of ‘The Beast from the East’ we though we’d try and warm you up by turning your thoughts to those lazy, hazy days of summer, we hope will soon be with us again!

For on Saturday, June 16, at historic Gean House in Clackmannanshire, SG will be appearing at Scotland’s first ever ‘Gin, Rum & Cocktail Festival’

This event, which, as you can see from the pic below, is set amidst lush pinstriped lawns, nestled in the rolling Ochills and with one of Scotland’s foremost arts & crafts mansions providing a truly unique backdrop, is already on course for a sell-out.

Gin Rum and Spirit Festival 2018 event brite

With a barbecue also provided that’s no real surprise, so for a bargain-priced ticket at just £25, if you want to meet the makers and sample over 60 of the very best flavours in gin, rum and cocktails, click on BUY HERE

Anyway, that’s all folks!

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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!

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The Monday Mash-Up XXIII

My Secret Valentine 

WITH Valentine’s Day just 48hours away Stirling Gin has been doing everything it can to help make sure that love is most definitely in the air!

As you can see from the picture below our ‘Gin Wagon’ has been given the full Valentine’s Day make-over to make sure that Cupid’s bow has plenty of ammunition with which to hit the mark!

Valentine Thistles

Situated in Stirling’s Thistles Centre, our pop-up gin shop has been doing a roaring trade and it’s been interesting to note just how many male customers have ‘bought’ into the idea that a selection from the SG range will make sure a smile will light up their Valentine’s face!

Of course, there are loads of songs that have been written around the whole Valentine’s Day concept, with multi-million seller artists like T’Pau (remember them?) and Paul McCartney recording Valentine’s themed songs.

But we thought we’d share with you the lyrics from a version of ‘My Secret Valentine’ by American rock band We The Kings, with one little change in the lyrics!

Soft kiss and gin what a pretty friend of mine
We’re finally intertwined

Nervous and shy for the moment we will come
Alive tonight

Hopefully that’s wetted your whistle!!!

Meanwhile it’s been another busy weekend with Stirling Gin on parade at the Gin Fayre in Dunblane, which was held in the city’s famous Victoria Halls and we are delighted to report that both ‘gin sessions’ were a 200-person sell-out, as you can see from the pic below.

Dunblane Crowd

With co-owner Juniper and SG brand ambassador Stewart ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ Patience (pictured below) on duty, sales of our exclusive range of wild-nettle infused gin went through the roof and we’re sure the Dunblane Gin Fayre will now go on to become a firm fixture on the ‘gin-circuit’!

Dunblane Fayre 2

As those of you who are regular readers of ‘The Mash-Up’ blog will be aware we are the official gin suppliers of Falkirk FC.

And we are delighted that Stirling Gin has been going down so well with ‘The Bairns’ that fresh supplies were needed and below Falkirk director Kieran Koszary takes delivery of a case which we are sure went down well after Paul Hartley’s side despatched Cove Rangers 3-1 in the Scottish Cup fifth round on Saturday.

Bairns Delivery

Clearly it was a case of child’s play for The Bairns!! (sorry about that one!)

Now it’s time to let you know about two other events Stirling Gin we will be attending this week.

On Saturday 17th February, the SG Bloody Scotland cocktail will be providing a mouth-watering welcome at the Radisson Blu where our friends at ScotRail are hosting a glitzy event.

While on Sunday SG will be flying the flag at the Blytheswood Hotel Gin Festival, so another busy weekend awaits!

Before we go we thought it would be nice to share another snap from our gin ‘love-wagon’ at The Thistles Centre…and remember if anything catches your eye then it’s not too late to click on line at and place a last minute order for a secret Valentine’s present that we guarantee will make your loved one’s Valentine’s Day a special one!

Gin Wagon 2

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The Monday Mash-Up XXII

Gin County!

IF you’ve been following our weekly ‘Mash-Up’ column you will know that at Stirling Gin we are big rugby fans and with the start of the 2018 Six Nations Championship we were delighted to be invited to attend the first ever ‘Gin & Beer Festival’ held by our local rugby club Stirling County and timed to coincide with Scotland’s match against Wales in Cardiff, on Saturday.

As you can see from the picture below, with SG co-owner Cameron McCann (left) and brand ambassador Stewart ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ Patience providing service with a smile (!) the event was a sell-out success with the 350 gin and beer lovers attending and the giant marquee at Bridgehaugh packed out.


With the event running from  noon to 9pm the day really couldn’t have gone better, except for one minor thing…. the rugby!

“Considering this was the first time the event had been held it really was a great success and one that generated a really nice atmosphere,” revealed co-owner Cam.

He continued: “From an SG point of view we were delighted with how well both our Bloody Scotland cocktail and Stirling Gin went down, and I think there is every chance we will do it all over again, possibly before the end of this year’s Six Nations championship.

“When it comes to the rugby I guess the fact you were able to drown your sorrows and dull the pain of Scotland’s defeat in Cardiff was a silver lining!”

Indeed, as you can see from the picture this young lady refused to let the Scotland rugby team’s woeful display against the Welsh get her down!

SCRFC Gin & Beer Fest 2

Moving swiftly on, as SG get closer to moving into our new gin distillery in Stirling we have been having some very interesting meetings with, well…err…some very interesting people!

Last week co-owner June McCann (pictured below right) was to be found deep in conversation with STV’s Jill MacLachlan at Dunblane Hydro and after their meeting, which we hope will pave the way to SG developing a profile on the tellybox, the ladies were happy to pose for a quick snap!

STV Jill

Meanwhile at Stirling University Cameron was in full-flow as he made a presentation to business students that will provide these budding ‘Apprentices’ with an exciting opportunity which will play a key part in their Masters Degree.

Over to you Cam: “This is a very exciting project for SG and, I hope, for the students! What we are looking at is a live project which will revolve around building a marketing plan for a new SG product.

“The fact the project will play an integral part in their degree course will hopefully challenge these talented young people and focus them on building something that is progressive and dynamic which can really showcase their skills.

“So, it’s a great opportunity for them and I hope one that will provide something hugely beneficial for the new product we have planned. I am really looking forward to viewing the final results in March!” concluded Cameron, who is pictured below (far right) at Stirling University.

Stirling Uni

With February now into its first full week there is no let up for SG and this Saturday, February 10, we will be on duty at Dunblane’s Gin Fayre which is being held at the iconic Victoria Hall, starting at noon.

The great thing about Gin Fayres is that you get to meet the people behind the gin and find out about them and their gin’s story and with some of the most exciting names in the Scottish craft gin scene like (Minus) -33, Persie, Scapegrace and of course STIRLING GIN, we would be delighted to see you in Dunblane!

Of course, with Valentine’s Day looming large we are delighted that our ‘Pop-Up Gin Shop’ (staffed below by what’s he called again!) will once more be back in residence in Stirling’s famous Thistles Centre from this Thursday, February 8 to Sunday, February 11.

Baby Faced Assasin

So, if you are struggling to come up with something a little bit different to light up your loved one’s face this February 14 then why not swing by and let SG help make your Valentine’s Day!

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The End (of Dry January) Is Nigh

IF you are one of the three million Brits who is just about to complete a hugely commendable ‘Dry January’ then we have some great news to help you make it through the last 24 hours of what may have seemed like a 31-day spell in purgatory!

But before we get to that good news let’s examine why you should be rewarded for your suffering by sharing the Oxford dictionary definition of purgatory or in gin-drinkers parlance ‘Dry Ginuary’.

In Catholic doctrine purgatory is a state or place of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven.”

Of course, while we at Stirling Gin certainly don’t see gin-lovers as sinners, we are only to happy to send you onward to a state of gin-heaven when you emerge from the expiation of your sins!

What could that be we hear you ask? Well at last it’s time for us to share the good news with you, our dearly beloved brethren of the big-nosed gin that is wild nettle infused Stirling Gin!

From February 1 we will be rewarding all those who have thrown off the sackcloth of repentance, and while we are at it we’ll also indulge those that have continued to ‘sip & sin’ throughout ‘Dry January’, with an offer that will have your flabber positively gasted!!

Yes for the month of February you will be able to get our flagship 70 cl SG big bottle accompanied by a free 5cl cheeky chappy Ginster miniature for the heavenly sum of just £34.99! (plus £2:95 UK postage)

Dear brothers and sisters your prayers have been answered and now all you have to do to enjoy the reward of your purification is click BUY HERE

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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

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The Monday Mash-Up XX

Tora! Tora! Tora!

JAPAN maybe 5,662 miles away, give or take a couple as a tired and hungry crow may fly, but Stirling Gin are delighted to announce that we are about to unleash our big nosed premium dry gin on the land of the rising sun!

Of course, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” was made famous as the 1970 Hollywood blockbuster directed by Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda and Richard Fleischer, which depicted the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor way back on December 7, 1941 and represented both Japanese and American points of view of the attack.

Although Tora was the Japanese code word indicating that complete surprise had been attained,it can also mean tiger and is an abbreviation of “totsugeki raigeki” which means lightning attack!

But while not a lot of people may know that (John!) even less will know that 20 cases of our treasured botanical uber blend are now following in the slipstream of our friend the lonely crow, as we get ready to spring a surprise lightning attack of our own and share the delights of our Stirlingshire wild nettle infused gin with our friends in the far east.

Pictured below you can see the cases we hope will leave our new clientele with a Yenning for more…get it?!

Boxing Clever 2


But while SG is expanding its horizons we have also had to expand production levels to help ward off a supply crisis caused by Stirling Gin’s popularity in our native Caledonia!


All over Scotland we are delighted to report that stocks have been running out and the SG ‘Ginbus’ has been clocking up the miles as we fire-fight and do our best to avoid the catastrophe of a ‘gin-drought’ breaking out!

Below we can see our pal Stevie, the depot manager at the famous WoodWinters Wines & Whiskies, breaking into a smile of relief as he takes delivery of his SG order!

Stevie Wood Winters

The next stop for the SG ‘Ginbus’ was the ScotRail Food & Drink Hub, where we are ecstatic to report that our exclusive deal to supply 1,000 5cl miniature ‘Ginsters’ per month has really wetted the whistle of the rail franchises discerning punters!!

But, sadly, we must end this week’s Mash-Up with a tale of the one that got away!

As you know Scotland has been hit with blizzards this week and even in God’s Country, aka Stirlingshire, we have had to enjoy more than our fair share of the white stuff!

But we were amazed to find that so desperate was this little fellow to chill out that he escaped from the Stirling Gin plant…a sad case of life on the rocks!


Until next time…adieu!

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