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The Monday Mash-Up VII

Sign of the Times

AT Stirling Gin we are really excited about the future and our plans to open the first ever customised gin distillery and visitor centre in our home city of historic Stirling.

As you can see from the pic below there was a little ‘Sign of the Times’ in the Stirling Observer last week when a Public Notice of our plans to convert the Old Smiddy blacksmiths was posted.

So we thought we’d take this opportunity to share this nice little snippet, pictured below, which provides another small indication that there are some very interesting times ahead for us.

 

With Stirling Gin set to move into what was once a Victorian blacksmiths we thought it would be nice to team up with our friends at the Old Stirling Facebook page to launch a competition to find the best historic pic of the top of old Stirling.

Old Stirling do a fantastic job of sourcing and sharing wonderfully atmospheric old pictures of our magnificent home city with the Facebook page having an impressive 14,000 members.

Below co-owner June McCann is pictured with Old Stirling creator Barry Ferguson in front of the impressive statue of King Robert The Bruce that dominates the impressive esplanade of Stirling Castle.

Naturally the prize for the best historic pic will be a bottle of Stirling Gin and along with Barry we are very much looking forward to sifting through the entries!

Old Stirling Comp

Meanwhile we are delighted that Stirling Gin is currently ‘Gin of the Month’ at one of Glasgow’s most prestigious and famous restaurants, the internationally renowned Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or.

The restaurant is arguably the premier fine French dining eatery in Scotland and it’s really pleasing that Chardon d’Or have applied a bit of…well…’French Polish’ to our wild nettle infused uber blend as you can see from the Stirling Gin & tonic garnished with something of a flourish below!

 

Finally co-owner Cameron McCann was out and about delivering a Gin masterclass to this group of ladies who do a fantastic job of supporting and fundraising for a well-known Scottish charity.

Unfortunately we have been sworn to secrecy and can’t share the charity’s name with you but we can whisper that the ladies very much enjoyed our ‘Bloody Scotland’ and ‘Stirlingtini’ cocktails and that when it came to Cameron’s servings of Stirling Gin the ladies were delighted to grasp the nettle!

Arthritis Care Scotland

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

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The Monday Mash Up – VI

Monday 16th of October
Songs of Praise

AT Stirling Gin nothing makes us happier than spreading the ‘Good News’ regarding the unique charms of uber botanical blend to those unfortunates who have yet to be converted by the distinctive taste of our wild nettle infused artisan gin.

So imagine our delight when we were invited to attend the ‘Poetic License Distillery Gin Evening’, for our first ever Gin-Tasting Session south of the border.

The event, which was held in Sunderland, brought gin aficionados from all over the North East of England out in their droves and our brand ambassador Stewart Patience was happy to be on hand to preach the virtues of our premium dry gin.

As you can see from the picture below ‘Poetic License’ make all their gin on site in their state-of-the-art micro-distillery and are very much a role model for us, as we continue planning ahead to move into our own bespoke gin distillery at the ‘Old Smiddy’, under the shadow of Stirling Castle, in late spring 2018.

Poetic Licence

But while Stewart was rewarded by songs of praise from new English converts to the delights of our big nosed blend, co-owner June McCann was also busy on an evangelical mission somewhat closer to home.

Thank heavens that we were fortunate enough to be invited along to ‘The Scotland Food & Drink Show’, at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, at which it seemed like the 5,000 were indeed present!

This simply divine event showcases a superb range of vendors from the Scottish Food and Drink Industry over two days which celebrate all that is good about indigenous Scottish produce.

So the opportunity for Stirling Gin to rub shoulders with the great and the good was just too beneficial to be true and June, as you can see from the picture below, made sure that refreshment was on hand for all those foodies who were keen to have their spirits lifted!

Scotland Food & Drink Show

Thus after another busy weekend we are delighted to have grown the ranks of our botanical brethren and made sure that we left their souls suitably reinvigorated…and of course….singing the praises of Stirling Gin!

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

The Monday Mash Up – V

Monday 9th of October 2017

Stirling Gin: Best Over Ice!

WE at Stirling Gin are delighted to be the new title sponsor for the Scottish Champion curling rink Team Drummond, which also finished sixth at the recent world championships in Edmonton, Canada.

Following the retiral of former world champion skip David Murdoch, the rink has been renamed Team Stirling Gin, in a move that has provided the ideal sponsorship tonic for the new ensemble which comprises of former Team Murdoch members Greg Drummond and Michael Goodfellow and new additions Ross Paterson and Gregor Carron.

As you can see from the boys natty new Stirling Gin curling tops, which have just been revealed, we are very confident that Team Stirling Gin will definitely be the best on ice over the coming campaign!

Stirling Gin co-owner Cameron McCann is confident this will produce a winning cocktail and prove that Stirling Gin and ice is the winning mix: “We sponsored Team Murdoch last season when they became Scottish champions and with David’s retiral we were delighted to be invited to continue that patronage and to become the title sponsor of the new Team Stirling Gin,” said Cameron.

He added: “I guess the blend of Stirling Gin and ice is just the perfect combination! Hopefully our sponsorship of the new rink will make sure that their hopes of glory going forward aren’t left on the rocks!”

But while we have been busy making a big splash on the ice co-owner June took time out to cement another new sponsorship deal, this time of the oval ball kind!

For Stirling Gin is delighted to be teaming up with Stirling County RFC in a sponsorship deal which will see us take pitch side advertising and also supply the men from Bridgehaugh with our uber botanical blend.

Below June is pictured with Stirling County commercial director Keith Watson making sure the club’s supply of premium gin doesn’t run dry…pardon the pun!

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

The Monday Mash Up -4

Monday 2nd October 2017

Spirits in a Material World

IT’S been another varied and interesting weekend for Stirling Gin, with our blue chip botanical blend making its presence felt in cultural, academic and musical contexts over the last couple of days.

Let’s start with the headline act  which came when Elle, our hostess with the mostess,  provided our Pop-Up Gin Bar at the engagement party of the professional Make-Up Artist and You Tuber Jamie Genevieve.

With over a quarter of a million fans and nearly nine million views on her You Tube channel, Jamie is a young lady who knows what she wants and when it came to that little something extra to put the X-Factor into her engagement party….we at Stirling Gin were happy to prove Britain’s Got Talent!

As you can see Elle managed to get up close and personal with the glamorous vlogger who is also a Stirlingshire lass!

Elle

Next up for us was a gin-tasting at Stirling University for International Students during their Freshers Week and we are delighted to report that Stirling Gin certainly reached the parts that other gins fail to reach and sent our thirsty students away refreshed and reinvigorated for the rigours of the academic year!

As you can see from the picture below, with Elle on hand, the young academics certainly graduated from our gin-tasting with an enhanced degree of knowledge of the nuances of the big nose gin!

 

Our final outing saw co-owner Cameron take our uber-blend to the quaint Perthshire town of Callander, which is known to many as the “Gateway to the Highlands” and surrounded by jaw-dropping history of the Neolithic, Roman and early Celtic Christian variety.

But our appearance coincided with the annual Callander Jazz Festival which spanned the many flavours of jazz from big bands and jazz sextets to the blues, suffice to say our scintillating spirit left crooners and musicians alike waxing lyrical by the end of the night!

As you can see from the pic below our case for consumption was mighty compelling!

Spirit of Callander

 

All of which just goes to show that no matter the nature of the occasion Stirling Gin is the perfect drink to send your spirits soaring…well…out of this world!

Stirling Gin isn’t it time you #GraspTheNettle!

The Monday Mash UP – 3

Monday 25th September 2017 – The Sporting Life

AT Stirling Gin we love The Sporting Life and at the weekend we were delighted to take our botanical uber-brew into the worlds of both football and rugby.

Co-owner Cameron McCann, as you can see from the pic below, was invited along to Falkirk FC to make a presentation on the delights of our award-winning gin to the club’s directors before they were able to enjoy the delights of our big-nose gin for themselves.

Falkirk FC

Falkirk FC 2

The main constituent of our unique botanical blend is the wild Stirlingshire nettle and we are delighted to report that despite their nickname of ‘The Bairns’ the club’s directors soon showed that the art of coiffing Stirling Gin was indeed child’s play!

Next up for us was the Business-to-Business evening at Stirling County RFC, where we were welcomed as one of the Bridgehaugh club’s new sponsors by finance director Keith Watson.

SRC Mingle

Pictured above you can see Cameron mingling with some of the club’s key supporters and sponsors.

When it came to touching-down with some of County’s other sponsors and enjoying a bit of networking we really felt that the evening got us over the line and hopefully we have converted some new admirers for our unique product!

But perhaps the highlight of our weekend came at the Scottish Gin Festival, which was held in Glasgow’s historic Trades Hall.

With co-owner June McCann and brand ambassador Stewart Patience in attendance, Stirling Gin took its place with 49 other gins as around 500 of the cognoscenti of the Scottish gin scene sampled, swirled and swallowed!

As you can see from the pic below our baby-faced ambassador’s charms proved equally popular in Glasgow as they had in Perth the weekend before as aficionados took full advantage of our inviting miniatures.

Scottish Gin Festival

All of which goes to show that Stirling Gin is the perfect tonic for the good, the bad and the downright thirsty!

Isn’t it time you #GraspTheNettle?!!

The Monday Mash Up – 2

Monday 18th September 2017

IT was a tale of three cities for Stirling Gin this weekend as we mingled with the great and the good in Perth, Falkirk (granted new honorary status!) and our home city of Stirling and made sure we met some great expectations!

In Stirling co-owner Cameron McCann was invited to make a presentation at the ‘Painting Stirling’ exhibition, held at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum and hosted by the Friends of the Smith, with Provost Christine Simpson and Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer in attendance.

The picture below shows Cameron in full flow as he revealed to the ‘Friends’ our exciting plans for our new ‘Old Smiddy’ Distillery and Visitor Centre located under the shadow of Stirling Castle’s walls.

Painting Stirling

The ‘Friends’ were also treated to our new signature ‘Bloody Scotland’ cocktail as well as our unique big nose gin which is derived from the wild nettles of Stirlingshire and proved the ideal snifter for the attendees.

Meanwhile in Perth our brand ambassador Stewart Patience was educating the ladies of St John’s town in the intricacies of our long-lingering botanical blend at the Wee G&T Festival.

The annual gin-lovers paradise featured over 50 premium gins and pictured below Stewart proved ‘Patience’ was definitely a virtue as he garnished Stirling Gin with basil and orange peel to make sure our incomparable gin refreshed the parts other gins simply don’t tickle!

Wee G&T Festival

Another hugely satisfying and enjoyable weekend turned full circle at The Falkirk Wheel where Cam provided a gin-tasting that proved a ‘spoketacular’ success!

Scottish Food Fortnight

Stirling Gin…the drink for those that want more from their gin and don’t give a Dickens for second best!

Isn’t it time you #GraspTheNettle!


The Monday Mash Up – 1

Monday 11th September 2017

IT’S not every weekend that you rub shoulders with royalty but that’s what Stirling Gin was up to, as our big nose botanical blend went down a treat with the King and Queen of Scottish crime fiction!

As one of the sponsors of Bloody Scotland, the country’s premier crime literature festival, our unique award-winning gin proved popular with fans and writers of Tartan Noir at venues across our home city of Stirling, where the internationally acclaimed festival is held annually.

And they don’t get any more famous than the Queen of Tartan Noir, Val McDermid…who, it just so happens, is partial to our palate tickling artisan tipple which is distilled from a scintillating blend of wild Stirlingshire nettles, Basil, Lemon and Orange Peel, Angelica Root and Juniper berries.

So it would have been, well, er…criminal not to present the crime-writing legend with a bottle of our award nominated premium gin and pictured below Stirling Gin co-owner Cameron McCann was delighted to make Val’s day!

Another highlight of the Bloody Scotland weekend is the annual football match between the Scottish and English writers, which is played under the brooding shadow of Old Stirling’s Victorian Town Jail.

We are delighted to report that it was the Scots, with the likes of crime-writing A-listers Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre in their ranks, who claimed a hard-fought 6-3 victory which left the visitors screaming blue murder after their hopes of hammering the hosts were left firmly on ice!

After he had left the Auld Enemy ‘Black & Blue’ the undisputed king of Scottish crime-writing fiction, Ian Rankin, could think of no better way to slake his thirst than by enjoying our newly launched signature Bloody Scotland cocktail!

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But don’t worry our Pop-Up bar was also doing a roaring trade as the mouth-watering Bloody Scotland Cocktail proved just the tonic with fans and players alike when hostilities ended and peace broke out once again!

While Cameron was making sure no one cried foul play in Stirling, co-owner June McCann was busy at the Best of The West Festival at historic Inveraray Castle.
As you can see from the picture Stirling Gin struck the right chord with the band members of headliners Heron Valley who enjoyed a glass or two as they relaxed after their performance!

A busy weekend for us came to an end when Brand Ambassador Stewart hosted an in-store gin-tasting at Largs famous Geraldo’s Gelateria where Stirling Gin proved a real scoop for customers and staff alike!

STIRLING GIN…whether you are a multi-million selling crime author or members of one of Scotland’s fastest rising folk scene bands, it’s just impossible to resist #GraspingTheNettle!

Isn’t it time you joined our journey?

The Prize Guys

STIRLING GIN are delighted to announce that we have won the Best Start-Up Business award at last night’s gala Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards finals night, held at the Dunblane Hydro.

After just two years in existence the award recognition has delighted co-owners Cameron and June McCann, coming as it has at such an early stage of the company’s development.

Stirling Gin also made the finals of the Best Micro Business category and Forth Valley’s Favourite Business, with a second placed finish in the latter underlining just how popular our big-nosed botanical blend has become in such a short period of time.

Co-owner June admits that the accolade came as a pleasant surprise: “We have put an awful lot of hard work into building Stirling Gin up both as a company and of course as a product, as has everybody who featured in the finals night with their respective businesses,” said June.

She continued: “But to actually win an award and have something tangible for all that hard work came as a really pleasant surprise.

“I think because the Best Start-Up Business section was the first award of the night it kind of added to the surprise but the cheer we got when Stirling Gin was called out as the winner is something both Cameron and I will remember for a long time.”

Last night’s recognition comes hard on the heels of Stirling Gin’s triple nomination at the previous week’s inaugural Scottish Gin Society Awards in Glasgow and Cameron McCann has no doubt that with the recognition coming from the Stirlingshire Business community the award has extra gravitas.

He said: “To be lauded for our efforts as Best Start-Up business by the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce means a great deal signifying as it does recognition within our local business community.

“To be presented with the award by the Lord Provost, Christine Simpson, also made it so much more enjoyable. It also underlined just how important the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce is to Stirling.

“So I’d just like to say a huge thanks to the chamber for all the hard work that goes in to putting the awards on and also to everybody who voted for us.

“With our Old Smiddy distillery and visitor centre scheduled to be opened in spring 2018 there are exciting times ahead for Stirling Gin!”

The Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

WE at Stirling Gin love a good night out!

Not content with an evening at one glitzy finals bash (The Scottish Gin Awards Finals) our botanical uber-brew has earned us another excuse to get the ‘Handbags (June) and Gladrags’ (Cameron) out!

So tonight in full Stereophonic glory at the historic Dunblane Hydro we will be taking our seats at The Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Finals, where Stirling Gin has been nominated in the Best Start-Up Business, Best Micro Business and Forth Valley’s Favourite Business, categories.

With Stirling Gin shortly set to move into new bespoke premises in the city, as she looked forward to ‘A Little Carrot Cake and Wine’, co-owner June McCann admitted the Forth Valley nominations are particularly pleasing.

June said: “Being a Stirling company which derives its key constituent, the wild Stirlingshire nettle, from within the county and with us set to move into our new ‘Old Smiddy’ premises under the shadow of Stirling Castle, everything about Stirling Gin says Stirling!

“So to be featuring in three awards at the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards is something we are particularly proud of.

“I know that the chamber of commerce was established back in 2012 with the aim of sharing opportunities and expertise across the Forth Valley and there is no doubt what an important role it plays in helping its members grow and develop their businesses.

“So just like last week’s Scottish Gin awards we are looking forward to a night where we can mingle with some of the most important businesses in Stirlingshire and beyond and with a bit of luck tonight we might even win something!”

As we mentioned earlier tonight’s awards dinner is being held at the former Dunblane Hydropathic Establishment, to give the Hydro its original name, which was established way back in 1878 at the princely sum of £60,000.

But purchased in 2008 by The Hilton Group and opened in 2009 after a £12million refurb, the imposing Victorian edifice, which was originally designed by renowned Scottish architects Peddie and Kinnear, will provide a fitting venue for tonight’s black-tie extravaganza…and we are all crossing our fingers it won’t be another case of ‘Maybe Tomorrow’!

The Scottish Gin Awards

The Scottish Gin Awards

IT was an evening of glitz and glamour for Stirling Gin at the Scottish Gin Awards last night in the Glasgow Hilton but sadly it proved to be a case of so near and yet so far!

We were delighted to be nominated in three categories of the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards, making the final of the blue ribbon London Dry Gin of the Year, Growth Business of the Year and Scottish Gin Event of the Year.

Yet as co-owner June McCann revealed the black-tie event which was hosted by BBC Scotland’s Catriona Shearer and Capital FM DJ Des Clarke proved to be a memorable evening.

June said: “I think with Stirling Gin only having been in existence for two years, for both myself and Cameron (McCann), to make the final in three classifications was both a really pleasant surprise and something we were both proud of. It also proved to be a really enjoyable evening.

“But I’d just like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the winners.  The evening also gave us the chance to mix with a lot of really nice people who are involved in the Scottish Gin scene and make a lot of valuable contacts as we seek to grow Stirling Gin”

“We are also delighted to announce that the majority of our Gin friend winners and nominees will be joining us at our Stirling Gin Festival on November 3 & 4!”

June is pictured with compère Des Clarke and her daughter Elle.

Next up for Stirling Gin are the prestigious Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Finals, in which we have been nominated in the Best Start-Up Business, Best Micro Business and Forth Valley’s Favourite Business, categories.

 

Stirling Gin Award Nominations

WE are delighted to reveal that Stirling Gin has been nominated in three categories of this evening’s inaugural Scottish Gin Awards.

Our unique artisan tipple, which draws its key botanical from wild Stirlingshire nettles picked from locations around the county like Bridge of Allan’s historic Minewood, has made the final of the blue ribbon London Dry Gin of the Year, Growth Business of the Year and Scottish Gin Event of the Year.

Tonight’s gala black tie do is organised by the Scottish Gin Society and will be hosted by Reporting Scotland’s Catriona Shearer and Capital FM DJ Des Clarke at a swish tartan-tinged dinner in the Hilton Glasgow.

With Stirling Gin set to move into our new bespoke distillery in the city’s Castlehill area later this year, the triple nomination represents a meteoric rise to prominence within the burgeoning Scottish Gin scene for our co-owners Cameron and June McCann, who lovingly distilled their first batch of gin at home in a quaint copper pot still call Jinty, just two years ago.

A delighted Cameron said: “We are thrilled and very proud to have been nominated in the three categories, particularly since we are one of the youngest Gins to have been nominated in the finals.

“But we are also delighted to be flying the flag for Stirling. The key ingredient in our gin is the wild Stirlingshire nettle which helps give our gin its unique big nose and to have this type of recognition so early in our journey is tremendous and very exciting.

“So we really hope the judges grasp the nettle!”

Distillery and Visitor Centre To Open In Stirling

The couple who created award-winning Stirling Gin are set to open a distillery in the shadow of Stirling Castle.

June and Cameron McCann have bought a 19th century building, formerly a blacksmiths, which they plan to transform into a distillery and visitor centre.

The move will give Stirling Gin a home to grow from as well as creating jobs and attracting extra visitors to Stirling.

The McCanns are working with a local architect and building firm and refurbishment plans for the Old Smiddy on Stirling’s Lower Castlehill have already started.

The aim is for the distillery to be fully open by next summer.

June McCann said: “We had been looking for the perfect site and always knew the building would find us and it has – distilling from `Scotland’s Heart’ was always our intention.

“The Old Smiddy felt like the right place from the moment we entered it.

“Being in the shadow of Stirling Castle, along with the blank canvas it offered, meant it was an opportunity which couldn’t be missed.”

It is believed the new centre will be the first legal distillery within the Stirling City boundary.

Stirling North councillor Jim Thomson welcomed the plans.

He said: “I think the distillery and visitor centre will be a great tourist attraction.

“It will encourage tourists to visit somewhere else in the town so they don’t just come to see the castle and then disappear.

“It may also help other businesses, such as the cafes which are nearby, and it will be good to have something else in the Top of the Town.”

Stirling Gin was created in a tiny copper pot still in the McCann’s Bridge of Allan kitchen two years ago and launched at the 2015 Stirling Gin Festival.

The couple will be inviting fans of their artisan tipple to `Join the Journey’ of Stirling Distillery as plans unfold over the coming months.

 

 

Stirling Gin Make The Shortlist at The Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017

We are thrilled to announce we have made it though to three categories in
The Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017

After tough competition, we are delighted to be in the final three for the following.

Best Start up Business (less than 2 years)

This award is for businesses which have been trading for two years or less, and which show a high degree of entrepreneurship and a clear vision for the future. Applicants will be asked to provide details of how the company has performed and what its future projections are. They will also be asked to explain the background to the business, the markets in which it operates the business vision and the research that was undertaken when the business was in development. Applicants should evidence a clear strategic direction for the business and sound business principles.

Best Micro Business (fewer than 10 employees)

This award is intended to highlight successful micro businesses with fewer than 10 members of staff.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate a clearly defined strategy for developing and growing the business in terms of turnover, innovative marketing and communications. Applicants will be able to demonstrate sustainability and show good staff engagement. The winning organisation will
demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics combined with dynamic and measurable systems to
monitor performance, financial controls, marketing and sales growth.

And finally the one that all our GINtastic fans can help us with is the Public Vote for the following…..

Forth Valley’s Favourite Business

This award is open to all businesses trading in the Forth Valley and we are in the final 10. Voting closes on July 31st please vist  public vote
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No details are required just a simple click. Thank you all in advance 🙂

Bloody Scotland Crime Writers Festival

 

Stirling Gin hits the bookworm trail in it quest to solve the mystery of how Cameron can drive round London with his eyes almost closed, but ask him to find his wallet or glasses, now that’s more complex than a Val MacDermid novel!

 

Stirling Gin recently attended the launch of  Bloody Scotland Crime Writers Festival at Waterstones
Piccadilly London, and we are delighted to announce that we are one of the headline sponsors at the event taking place in Stirling from 8- 10 September.

 

Not only have we created a special cocktail for the launch of the event named ‘Bloody Scotland’ it will also be available during the festival at key bars in the city, and has been a huge hit at all our events we have served it at recently.
With what’s happening soon at Stirling Gin we look forward to working with the Bloody Scotland team for years to come.

 

The Bloody Scotland’ recipe is no secret and has already been passed onto bartenders at some very top locations.
It consists of the following….
One Part Stirling Gin
One Part Fresh Lime Juice
One Part Cranberry Juice
One Part Blood Orange Syrup
Mix and pour the above over ice then top up with Soda Water and enjoy!