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Folklore And A Work Of Art

As you may have heard, Stirling Gin have released their long-awaited (and much anticipated) Folklore Collection Gin Liqueurs, the Red Cap and the Green Lady. We’ve talked about their taste and colour, their messy creation in a hand-wrung fruit press and the mythology behind their names; now it’s time to share the story of their beautiful artwork.
Ritchie Collins has been operating and working in his gallery near The Shore of Leith for the past eight years. He is tall and softly spoken and surprisingly clean for someone working regularly with such vivid and bright paints. After studying art in Glasgow, Ritchie worked in a gallery in Edinburgh’s Morningside where he started to develop his eye-catching and trademark style. His work is bold in colour, beautifully rich and harmonious, and many of his large landscapes depict the streets of Leith where he has so obviously found a warm home. He loves to paint places as he sees them and to represent the vibe of where he is – or as he so beautifully puts it, “capturing the dream of a place”.
While working in Morningside, Ritchie decided to delve into children’s book illustration and he found himself researching the world of myth and legend to inspire his paintings. We have been lucky enough to have worked with Ritchie in the past (the keen observer will see his work in the Wallace Monument and Stirling Bridge designs on our current gin bottles) and when Cameron and June approached him with their brief for the mythological Red Cap and the mysterious ghostly Green Lady it was clearly another match made in heaven. Ritchie has managed to capture the sinister side of both characters and the drawings of fruit festooning the lower half of the bottles are mouthwatering in their detail.
Ritchie’s paintings can be bought on his website http://www.ritchiecollinsgallery.co.uk and in his gallery in Leith and I can’t recommend a visit highly enough. His gallery shows other local artists’ work and is clearly a place where passion and beauty are forever intermingling. Do yourself a favour and simply stand in front of one of Ritchie’s large scale paintings. The effect is astonishing and with the Folklore Collection from Stirling Gin you can take a little piece of Ritchie home in your liqueur. Ritchie will also be designing the graphics for our upcoming Battle Strength Gin but we’re keeping that a secret. Just for now.
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Food Festivals, Breaking Ground and a Whole Lot of Crime

It’s a time of year we all know well – the nights are drawing in, the mornings take just a little longer to brighten the horizon and jackets are being dusted off and reluctantly re-donned. Few could complain about this year’s summer season so there is a sense of loss in these early days of Autumn. Especially as we see the close of the country-wide Highland Games for another year.

We farewelled the season with two games that were particularly close to home. On Sunday August 5th we set up our gazebo in the neighbouring town of Bridge of Allan where we were kept a close eye on by the striking Wallace Monument. Bridge of Allan has long attracted famous visitors, including a young Robert Louis Stevenson who loved to explore the slopes of Dumyat Hill, an inspiration for his famous novel Treasure Island. We may not carry quite the same weight as Stevenson but as a local gin we do tend to gather our fair share of admirers. The Stirling Highland Games on Saturday August 18th was another chance for us to celebrate our home town and it is fitting that this will be our last for the year. While the Stirling Games are a relatively late addition to the roster – the first one only popped up in 1870 – they are immensely popular with over 4000 spectators turning up in its very first year. We are honoured to call such a beautiful area home.

We are very lucky to be one of the main sponsors of the fabulous Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival, set to kick off on Friday September 21st with a Stirling Gin drinks reception and the torch procession through Stirling city. There have been several events leading up to September, the most exciting of which involving several talks and readings at the Edinburgh Book Festival, and we got to take part in a very special evening at Edinburgh’s Waterstones. On Monday August 20th, Lin Anderson (author of The Special Dead and Driftnet to name just two) launched her new novel Sins of the Dead to a very enthusiastic audience. We were there to serve our delicious Stirling Gin Bloody Scotland cocktail and we have to say that Lin really knows her crime. Lin is one of the pioneers of the Bloody Scotland festival and we were thrilled to see her in action.

For those of you who headed into the Highlands over the weekend of August the 23rd to the 26th for this year’s Blair Horse Trials, you may have suffered in the pretty serious traffic issues along and around the A9. This is a common problem in a Scottish summer and luckily we had the perfect cure waiting at the other end. The Blair Horse Trials saw the first official public outing of our brand new Folklore Collection Gin Liqueurs, the Green Lady and the Red Cap. Releasing these beauties has taken months of rigorous experimenting, pressing and tasting (that part was definitely the easiest) so you will have to forgive us for being a little over excited. Our liqueurs use fresh fruit, all sourced from Scotland, and are completely natural in colour and flavour. The Red Cap is simply bursting with raspberry sweetness while the Green Lady hits the nose with a rush of mint followed by the smooth fruitiness of brambles. We’re sure that even the horses would have loved them, had they asked for a taste.

You may have noticed that we are opening Stirling’s first legal distillery very soon (we’ve been talking about it a lot, only every minute of every day) and October will finally see us breaking ground with the construction. After months of red tape and contractors and grant applications we will be on site planning our still room, mezzanine office, retail shop, production and packaging line and extensive garden. Yours truly will be planting seasonal flower beds, citrus and herb gardens, wild flower patches and bee-friendly plantations to help feed the bees on next door’s property. In preparation for our first day of construction we invited our local MSP Bruce Crawford to visit the building and took him through our plans and what we hope to contribute to the city of Stirling. I think it’s safe to say we gained another fan.

So what do we have planned for September? On Tuesday the 4th we will be attending the Scotsman Food and Drink Awards, specifically the reception where we are sharing our Bloody Scotland cocktail as a welcome drink. These awards celebrate the very best of Scottish food, spirits and the venues that offer them and we are thrilled to be one of its sponsors.

Summer festivals may have come to an end but Scotland’s gin festivals are still in full swing. On Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th we will be taking part in the Ayr Gin Fayre, one of many events run by the company all over Scotland. Unfortunately for the public (and fortunately for the event organisers) tickets are completely sold out on both days so if you already have your spots booked we can’t wait to see you there for a very busy weekend! If you’ve missed out on Ayr, you’ll be thrilled to know that we are also taking part in the Best of the West Festival in Inverary on the 7th, 8th and 9th of September. Set in the stunning grounds of Inverary Castle, the Best of the West is arguably the most impressive boutique festival in Scotland where music lovers, foodies and drinks enthusiasts gather to celebrate their many and varied pleasures. We will be there with samples and bottle sales – keep your eye out for our Folklore Collection. Grab a ticket for this brilliant event here.

Every year we look forward to the Wee G&T Festival in Perth as it celebrates the very best, most popular gin cocktail in history. Gin brands are given the chance to showcase their unusual botanicals, distillation techniques and unique perfect serves to really set off their gin creations. Run by Provender Brown Deli this is not an event to be missed – grab a ticket here.

To keep the Perth theme going we are also appearing at the Taste of Perthshire Food Festival on September 14th, 15th and 16th. Armed with our London Dry Stirling Gin and Folklore Collection liqueurs we are joining some of Scotland’s finest food and alcohol producers – rumour has it that the food demonstrations are out of this world. This is a free event in the heart of Perth city centre – for more information visit their Facebook page here. Here’s hoping we get another visit from the fantastic foodie Tony Singh!

And finally, September 21st sees the official start of the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival. There are too many events, readings, shows and signings to mention here but a few things this avid reader is looking forward to include; Alanna Knight and Alex Gray in conversation; The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers and their murderously funny songs; Lin Anderson on the psychologist’s couch to discuss why she writes crime; and Stuart MacBride’s talk about his brand new novel and hopefully an update on his World Stovies Championship placing. A full list of events can be found on their website here and rest assured, we will be there every day with our very own Bloody Scotland cocktail.

Happy September!

Stirling Gin offer a variety of tasting packages for private parties, business functions, club events and more. Prices start at £20 – get in touch with Lara at larawilliams@stirlinggin.co.uk for more information. And remember, if you’re simply after a bottle for yourself or as a gift, they can be bought online here.

The Great Outdoors, Folklore and a Literary State of Mind

This time of year it’s easy to forget that the world revolves around anything other than the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Comedy, music, circus, cabaret and theatre aside, we’re keeping to our roots and venturing ever further into the Scottish countryside and the many and varied activities of agricultural and highland shows.

Saturday July 7th saw us splitting our talents at both the Dunblane Agricultural Show and the Luss Highland Games. The brilliant summer weather kept us dry and (a little too) warm – nothing a refreshing G&T couldn’t fix. Luss was a particularly meaningful event for us as the female (and arguably better) half of our ownership team grew up in the area. Held since 1875 the Luss Games were started by an enthusiastic group of farmers and sportsmen and the tradition has continued ever since.

The kilted dash at Luss Highland Games

We also sent June to the Airth Highland Games on July 28th. The history of these games goes a little further back – there is a rumour that in 1488 Prince James’ rebel soldiers camped in the area and played games in preparation for an upcoming battle in Sauchieburn. While we had to battle high winds on the day we definitely didn’t find ourselves at war and our gin samples went down without a fight.

Running and gin may not be a pairing that immediately leaps to mind but on July 8th we took our gazebo down to Gateshead and set up for the Great North 10k. There’s nothing quite as thirsty as a person at the end of a hot, sweaty race and we were there to provide relief.

The Great North Run Company encompasses 10k races, half marathons and marathons all over the UK, is the largest of its kinds in the world and offers research and support into better health and well being. At any of their events you will find serious runners intent on beating their personal bests, families out to get active and spend time together and groups raising money for medical research.

If you’re very lucky you may even see Colin Plews who is much better known as the man behind The Big Pink Dress. He certainly needed a G&T after the race but more importantly he needs donations. You can find more information about the good work he does here.

 

 

Since we released Stirling Gin in 2015 we have relied on a single product to build our empire. It’s taken time to perfect our next venture but we are finally ready to announce that we are releasing our long awaited Folklore Collection comprised of two gin liqueurs – the raspberry Red Cap and mint and bramble Green Lady. The creation of these liqueurs has been a real education and we have done all the experimentation by hand.

 

 

Our Join the Journey members had a unique opportunity to sample the Folklore Collection on Sunday July 29th as well as enjoy a tour of our distillery site at the foot of Stirling Castle. Kicking off with a classic Stirling Gin perfect serve we went on to tell the story behind the Red Cap and Green Lady, both of which delve into the folklore of Scotland and Stirling. It’s important to us to celebrate the history of our city and with every product we release we reveal more of the mythology behind our brand. While the Folklore Collection is officially released later on in August, we would love to offer our readers the chance to experience the very first batch before their public unveiling. Visit here to get your hands on a piece of Stirling’s history.

 

 

So what do we have coming up for August? The Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival is just around the corner, one of Scotland’s most respected and grisly literary events on the calendar. As one of the festival’s main sponsors we are supporting each day with our bespoke Bloody Scotland cocktail but the first event on the list involves the fantastic Lin Anderson and her new novel Sins of the Dead. Lin will be appearing at Waterstone’s in Edinburgh on August 20th and we will be there with our bar to hand out our Bloody Scotland and listen to Lin’s newest crime creation. For more information on the event visit Waterstone’s website.

It wouldn’t be a month of Stirling Gin without a Highland Games and on August 5th we will be in our neighbouring town of Bridge of Allan. With one of the most emotive pipe band performances in the country this promises to be a truly memorable day that also boasts competitive wrestling, cycling, running and Highland dancing. We will be there with our gazebo and plenty of gin – pick up tickets here.

On August 18th we are staying close to home and attending the Stirling Highland Games where you can enjoy stunning views of the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Cambuskenneth Abbey. We will be bringing the Folklore Collection in one of their first public outings so this really is a Highland Games not to be missed. Tickets are still available here.

For many people summer in Scotland is not complete without the Blair Horse Trials. Running from August 23rd to 26th this prestigious event offers grassroots eventing, show jumping, pony shows and hunter showing as well as a huge array of craft, food and refreshment stands. If you love the sight of beautiful horses, and love the taste of delicious gin, this is definitely an event for the diary. Read up on the day and grab some tickets here.

With all the gin and whisky festivals out in the world we love attending a festival that celebrates both. On August 25th the Alba Gin and Whisky Festival in Kirkintilloch will bring together the best of distilling talent as well as some cheeky treats from the Chocolate Box. We promise not to abandon our stall and go sampling for ourselves. At least, not for too long. Tickets are available here.

Happy August!

 

Graduations, Highland Views and the Start of Something New

For anyone who is tempted to complain about this year’s summer, let me just get my thoughts in first – THE ROOF OF THE GLASGOW SCIENCE MUSEUM MELTED! It has been hot. Some days have been positively Mediterranean. Lucky for us we’ve had plenty of opportunities to spend our time outdoors. And we remembered the factor 50.

 

The morning of our first annual Gin, Rum and Cocktail Festival was looking dodgy; the drive from Edinburgh bore a strong resemblance to a log flume ride and there was significant flooding in shoes everywhere. Thankfully the clouds parted just as our exhibitors finished setting up and the beautiful grounds of Gean House were bathed in sunshine. Over twenty exhibitors showed off their perfect serves and cocktail recipes and Stirling Spirit Co. ran two masterclasses teaching some curious visitors how to make bar-quality cocktails in their own lounge rooms. Best of all, our handmade fold-down bar made its first official appearance. And it didn’t collapse.

It’s always a risk venturing into the Highlands. In winter you have mere moments of daylight, in summer you have midges and the very real possibility of winter making a comeback. The Lorne Highland Games in Oban were a happy break from tradition. Outstanding blue skies, 20 plus degrees temperatures, a brilliant pipe band and a cable throw to end all cable throws. Stirling Gin kept the visitors well-hydrated with a brimming jug of our Bloody Scotland cocktail. My only regret is I didn’t pop down to the Seafood Shack and snaffle a whole lobster.
Graduating is a massive rite of passage. It is the culmination of years of dedicated work, sacrificed social hours and student discounts that are sorely missed in later years. Stirling University had their summer graduation ceremonies on the 27th and 28th of June and we were there to quench thirsts on the hottest two days in the past 20 years. A marquee in the sun probably wasn’t the best place to be on such a day but the ground of Stirling University were stunning in the sun and it isn’t often every chair on the lawn is taken.
It wasn’t just the Highlands that treated us to the best views in town. Our co-owner and all round wonder woman June went for a road trip down to Harefield on Saturday 30th of June (it’s in London, I had to ask as well) and took part in the Old Orchard Pub Gin Festival. We would be hard-pressed to find a more serene location to sling a gin or two.

 

And now we look to July. It’s not summer unless you’re flying all over the country attending gin festivals. On Saturday July 14th we are wheeling our fold-down bar to the Gin Fall in Greenock. Run by the Scottish Gin Society, Gin Fall is an event recurring all through the year and none of them are to be missed. Your ticket gets you a goody bag with a handbook detailing the gins on offer, a welcome G&T and samples from all the distilleries. Tickets tend to sell out quickly so grab yourself one here.

 

Not to be confused with Gin Fall, Gin Fayre events are also popping up left right and centre and are yet another excuse to enjoy some fine gins and cocktails. Goody bags and welcome drinks will also make an appearance here and the next one can be found in Perth on Saturday July 14th. Yours truly will be attending and as I’m used to a very different kind of Perth make sure you come along and stop me thinking of home. Tickets are available here. Donations towards my homesickness can be made directly into my hand.

It is indeed the season for Highland Games and we’re taking our gazebo to Airth on Saturday July 28th. Airth has a long association with the River Forth and its royal dockyard was used to build warships in the time of James IV. It has a slightly less war-related atmosphere these days but the caber toss is certain to get the blood flowing. If this weather lasts all month then you’ll probably be in need of an ice-cold G&T at the end of the day.

Second only to Highland Games are Scotland’s Agricultural Shows – you’ve not lived until you’ve seen competitions between beautifully groomed Belted Galloway Cows and the worlds’ tiniest miniature horses. We are setting up a shop at both the Doune and Dunblane Show and the Luss Show, one that really warms out hearts as our co-owner June calls the area home. Find us at both shows on Saturday 7th of July and before you say you can’t come to both just remember – our bottles come with their very own canvas gift bag. Just look for the Wallace Monument on our banners.

It’s not right to have favourites with your events but there is one in particular we are super excited to share. On Sunday, August 12th we are taking to the lochs to offer our very first Stirling Gin Cruise with Sweeney’s of Loch Lomond. Setting off from Balloch and enjoying Loch Lomond’s breathtaking scenery for two hours, the cruise will also offer four Stirling Gin drinks all carefully paired with some delicious canapes. Those on board should keep their eyes peeled for our soon-to-be-released Folklore Collection gin liqueurs in the form of a wicked Red Cap and a ghostly Green Lady. Snap up a ticket here.

And finally, we had a little visit from the Scottish Gin Society earlier in the month. They were the first official visitors to our distillery site, currently in need of some major refurbishments, and they wrote a lovely update on our plans here. Work will finally begin this month on The Old Smiddy, now destined to be the first distillery in Stirling. It’s taken a long time to get here and while we have plenty more news in the pipeline we’re keeping it quiet for now. If you are in Stirling any time soon however, you may want to swing past Lower Castlehill and see for yourself our new home.

Happy July!

Stirling Gin offer a variety of tasting packages for private parties, business functions, club events and more. Prices start at £20get in touch with Lara at larawilliams@stirlinggin.co.uk for more information. And remember, if you’re simply after a bottle for yourself or as a gift, they can be bought online (embed link here).

Sponsorship Deals, Gin Fayres, Cocktails and a Very Bloody Scotland!

This month is already proving to be a big one for Stirling Gin. Perhaps it’s because one of our fearless leaders is called June? Perhaps, like a family of hibernating lizards, the sun has kicked our bodies into a frenzy of activity? Whatever the cause, we are delighted to share what has been, what is coming and how we feel about it all.

Stirling Gin have teamed up with Bridgehaugh Park to become the new jersey sponsors for Stirling County Rugby. Local businesses are incredibly important when it comes to backing our smaller teams and skipper Johnny Hope is particularly excited by the deal. Hope, pictured below with our other equally fearless leader Cameron McCann, says “it’s great to have a local company like Stirling Gin prepared to sponsor [the] club and I very much hope their example will be followed by other local companies. This type of backing is the lifeblood of the club.”

Both Cameron and his son Hugo are rugby fans, often to be found at Murrayfield during the season, so its a cause close to Stirling Gin’s heart. Seeing Stirling County compete at Murrayfield against Melrose was a proud moment, despite their defeat. Cameron states, “Stirling County is a key part of the Stirlingshire community and does so much good work with our youngsters (…) we are delighted to do all we can to play a positive part in supporting the institution.”

June 4th and 5th saw us appearing at home and away with the launch of this year’s Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and our equally anticipated cocktail, the Bloody Scotland. After a brilliant first night in Stirling with the incomparable Alexander McCall Smith at the helm, we travelled down to London to continue the festivities. The gin was flowing. The crime was being read. Heads may have been sore the next day.

Now in its 6th year the Bloody Scotland festival will see the likes of Irvine Welsh, Louise Penny, Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, Peter James and Chris Brookmyre along with a host of others. Activities will run in Stirling from September 21st – 23rd and tickets can be browsed and bought here. Stirling Gin are a proud sponsor of the festival and we strongly suggest you make it up for the torch procession through the city. It will blow your mind…

 

What else, I hear you ask, could we possibly be up to? If you’re a fan of rum and cocktails then you may want to jot this down. Saturday June 16th will see us host the very first Gean House Gin, Rum and Cocktail Festival. Set in beautiful grounds in Alloa there will be over 60 spirits to try along with masterclasses, meet the maker sessions, a BBQ and some fantastic deals on bottle sales. Tickets can be bought here and remember, the BBQ won’t last long!

There are many reasons to go to Oban (top of the list being to taste the glorious seafood at The Green Shack) but the Lorne Highland Games on June 24th may be a close second. Stirling Gin will be running a gin and cocktail bar, complete with our show stopping Bloody Scotland, and if you’re into cable tossing, tug of war and dog shows then you are in for one fantastic day. Note: the cable throw is an unconfirmed rumour started by yours truly.

Woodwinters in Bridge of Allan are well known for their excellent wine selection, wide-range of gins and brilliant staff knowledge. We usually get a dram of something tasty whenever we go in – for business reasons, of course. This Friday, June 8th, they are hosting their annual Big Gin Tasting in Dunblane and our brand ambassador Stewart Patience has made sure Stirling Gin have their usual spot. Last minute tickets can be bought here. Below is a picture of Stewart with a dog, just because.

Stirling is our home, our heart and our blood. It’s where we pick our nettles, plan our events and write our stories. And on June 9th it’s also the home of sheep judging, tractor admiring and horses in fancy dress. I am of course talking about the Stirling Agricultural Show and to get everyone through the excitement we will be setting up our famous gin stall. You don’t have to own a farm to attend but a healthy love of gin would be a good start.

And finally, if you happen to find yourself in Yorkshire on the 16th of June you will also find us at the Leyburn Gin Fayre. Running over two sessions, this event will see a plethora of gins from all over the world, with a particular emphasis on England and Scotland. Tickets can be bought here – we will be waiting with a nice cold G&T.

Happy June!

 

Stirling Gin offer a variety of tasting packages for private parties, business functions, club events and more. Prices start at £20 – get in touch with Lara at larawilliams@stirlinggin.co.uk for more information. And remember, if you’re simply after a bottle for yourself or as a gift, they can be bought online here.

 

The Monday Mash-Up

                       It’s Showtime!

AS the fab weather continued over another glorious weekend Scotland’s summer ‘show’ season got off to a magnificent sun drenched start!

And of course Stirling Gin was delighted to be on hand so that our wild nettle infused botanical blend was available to make sure parched punters had the perfect pick me up to stay cool and refreshed when the sun was at its most intense.

Our first port of call was the Drymen Show, which was instituted way back in 1816, and as you can see from the pic below this thirsty young fellow was desperate for something scintillating to tickle his taste buds!!

Drymen Coo

But now it’s time to mooooove (!) on and as you can see we managed to find a spot in the shade from which to dispense ‘refreshment aid’ and we are delighted to report that sales of our cheeky chappy 5ml ‘Ginster’ were particularly brisk!

Drymen 2

 

Elsewhere it was a similar tale of soaring temperatures and sun-scorched grass as the Dunblane fling got into full swing!

Now at Stirling Gin we always keep an eye peeled for the unusual and as you know we have a soft spot for a tall tale but the question here would seem to be is this fine fellow a ‘toff, a scholar or an acrobat’ or in fact all three?!!

Dunblane Tall

 

Of course, the Scottish summer show season is famous for its massed piped bands and at Dunblane there was no shortage of world-class piping talent all of which meant there were some mighty thirst pipers playing for their…err…G&Ts!

In fact, they were so thirsty that we served up over 200 Stirling gin and tonics and dispensed an eye-popping 60 litres of our very own elixir of life!

Dunblane Pipers

Naturally all this fine weather is also perfect for the summer drinks festival scene and you might recall we may have mentioned…in passing…that our sister company, The Stirling Spirit Company, will be staging the first ever ‘Gin, Rum & Cocktail Festival’ at gorgeous Gean House, in Clackmannanshire on Saturday, June 16.

Recently co-owner June McCann paid a behind the scenes visit to Gean House, which is named after The Gean cherry tree that grows just outside this classic timeless example of the arts and crafts architectural genre.

Now feast your eyes on the superb terrace below and imagine the sensory joy as the slightly sweet notes of our wild nettle infused gin reach the parts of your taste buds no other gin can reach….. chin chin!!

Gean 1

But there are now just 50 tickets left for what we are confident will prove an unforgettable day out. 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  quick!!

Well as they say at the end of all the best cartoons….That’s All Folks!

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

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!

Strathcarron 3

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!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!