When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So what do you do when handed a sample of Single Cask Oloroso Matured Whisky? Obviously you get home as soon as you can and create a line up against other Superb Oloroso Sherried Whiskies!Continue reading “Adelphi Benrinnes 13 Year Old vs Older Oloroso Cask Whisky”
At the Inverurie Whisky Shop we are delighted to be able to work with lots of local talent, from the Whisky Distillers at Glen Garioch and Brewers of Beer Story at Insch to the Gin makers of Rothienorman, our post code holds a plethora of people at a genuinely world class level. Outside the world of Alcohol though is no different. We have had the pleasure of launching local author Duncan Harley’s historical books, Gareth Henderson of Strathisla Woodcraft’s creations and now we have the absolute delight of introducing Kimberley Smith’s KimberleyART products.
From placemats and coasters to tea towels and calendars, Kimberley is certainly making waves since her company started. Having recently signed up as a preferred supplier to the National Trust for Scotland, you may have already seen her works of art at places such as Haddo House, Crathes Castle and beyond.
At the Inverurie Whisky Shop Kimberley’s focus is, of course, Distilleries. At a networking meeting, I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberley and got chatting about her art and the potential for a collaboration. Needless to say she has lived up to the obvious potential. From an original set of four distilleries, her work this year has increased her offerings to more than double that – from our local Glen Garioch and GlenDronach distilleries to the Islay based Laphroaig and Bowmore. Speyside Distilleries Balvenie, Benromach and Dallas Dhu also feature. We are delighted to be working with Kimberley, and had the chance to catch up with her to give you the opportunity to meet the master behind the magic.
Where did you grow up and when did you first discover your artistic talent?
I grew up in a small rural village called Tarves, in the North East of Scotland. I was definitely a country girl, and I remember spending summers cycling to Haddo House and making forts out of hay bales!
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, all through primary and secondary school I was determined to go to Art School. However I ended up studying architecture at University to try and use my creativity for a more conventional career path.
Buidings feature heavily in your art, is this a direct influence of your architecture studies? What drew you to Castles and, more recently, Distilleries?
It was during my time at university studying architecture that I started to paint the local castles as part of a project, showcasing the local architecture. I found the history fascinating and loved how each place had its own unique character and story. After graduating I took a job as a project engineer but continued to paint in my spare time. I started painting distilleries more recently after visiting a couple of the local ones and realising how much history is behind each whisky, and that the distilleries are all so different from each other. I love trying to portray the character and essence of each place through my work, whether it’s a distillery on the coast of Islay or hidden in a glen in Speyside.
What was your biggest influence in taking the leap into business?
KimberleyART started up as a hobby to share my work online and sell a few prints. It has grown slowly over the years since 2016, but this year after meeting so many lovely people that are making a living out of their own creative business, I thought I’d love to do that myself. I still work part time, but am really enjoying seeing my hobby growing into a fully functioning business.
What has been your biggest achievement so far and where do you see KimberleyART progressing to?
My biggest achievement from a business perspective has to be becoming an approved supplier for the National Trust for Scotland. As I have painted most of their North East Properties I had always hoped one day my products might feature in their shops. Now, each castle has its own collection in their gift shops and I feel really proud when visiting one of the properties and see my work on the shelf!
Is their anything in particular in the pipeline that your are excited about?
At the moment I have a few new products that I’m excited to launch, including a ‘Distilleries of Scotland’ range featuring paintings from all across Scotland. Two calendars for 2020, one featuring distilleries and the other will be a selection of my favourite paintings from all around Scotland.
Of course, Kimberley’s work is available at the Inverurie Whisky Shop, both online and in store, and we are looking forward to introducing the Distilleries of Scotland range in the near future. Keep an eye out for more news from KimberleyART by following her Facebook at @Kimberleyartetsy
Hidden away in The Glenlivet Estate near the highest town in the Highlands, Tomintoul, in the heart of Speyside, this relatively new distillery (built in 1964) on the banks of the River Avon (pronounced A’an) has been a big hit with shoppers to Inverurie Whisky Shop, and remains a strong performer with its Core Range of Tlath, 10 and 16 Year Old Expressions. But they are much, much more than that…
The 4th of July was as suitable a day as any for Beam Suntory’s Glen Garioch Distillery to launch the first of their new American Trilogy range, hot off the heals of the final chapter in the popular 4 Chapter Renaissance Story. Continue reading “American Trilogy Launch at Glen Garioch hits Top Gear”
The latest release for Rachel Barrie’s time at the helm of Brown-Forman is a stunning Portwood finish from GlenDronach. I have tried it a dram and have to say it is one of the best releases I have had in its style. Not a fan of Continue reading “New Release from the Rachel Barrie Revolution at GlenDronach, and it’s a belter!”
Few occasions whet the Whisky Enthusiasts appetite quite like the Spirit of Speyside Festival. With hundreds of events from midnight tastings to blending masterclasses, the May holiday weekend draws in thousands of visitors to this most famous of Whisky Regions every year.
It sounds a wee bit like the beginning of the worst Doric Joke in the world, but this, in fact, happened not all that long ago and is not quite the beginning of an intriguing and hopefully long story.
With a host of goings-on in Aberdeenshire and beyond in the Whisky World, it is a privilege to bring you this recap of what’s been going on around us.
GLENDRONACH BATCH 17 SINGLE CASK RELEASE
After what seems like an eternity of waiting, the GD Batch 17 is finally here. I received news from the distillery on Wednesday that the release was now in store, and that all 14 Bottlings of the release were available from their Visitor Centre in Forgue, by Huntly. 7 Released for the UK & European Market, with 7 being exclusively for the Asian market. All 14 however are available from the Distillery. Very exciting news indeed and these guys re sure to be snapped up quick! Keep an eye out for the Inverurie Whisky Shop news on receiving our allocation in store! For a Full Cask List from the Distillery click HERE
SPEY DISTILLERY SCOOPS UP IWSC AWARDS
The Spey Distillery, near Kingussie have been awarded with a host of top recognition awards at the 2019 International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Available on the shelves of the Inverurie Whisky Shop, each of their Cask Strength Releases received recognition in the form of scores over 90 points out of 100 in each of there relevant categories. The Tenne, a Port Cask matured release, also received the Category Winner Award – a great achievement! Spey’s core releases of Tenne (Port) Trutina (Bourbon) and Fumare (Peated) are always popular with us and their limited editions really hit the mark. It’s great to see their efforts getting recognition! See our collection from this hidden gem HERE
GLEN GARIOCH NEW RELEASE AND LAUNCH DINNER
Having been privileged to attend the American Trilogy Release at the Glen Garioch Distillery (read my review HERE), I know that Glen Garioch know how to lay on a party. I’m sure that this one will be no different. Teaming up with the guys at Meldrum House Hotel, Glen Garioch are laying on a 3 Course Dinner and pairing each course with a fantastic Single Cask whisky from their repertior. The highlight of the evening will be the launch of one of the oldest releases from the Oldmeldrum Distillery – a 1978 Single Cask! Tickets are priced at £65 per person and are selling fast! Get your tickets and more information call the distillery on 01651 872294.
DEESIDE DISTILLERY CASK PURCHASE SCHEME
There are exciting rumblings afoot in the heart of Deeside. The first Whisky New Make spirit in over 200 years has been filled into casks and is resting with the sole aim of becoming the only Whisky from the Deeside Distillery. Only 100 Casks have been filled, 88 of which are available to buy through their 88 Scheme. The new make has been experimented on using Chocolate Barley, aged in an array of different casks for 18 months, and is getting rave reviews across the board – including the esteemed Charlies MacLean. It is all very exciting, with the casks selling fast. Anyone interested in the scheme please contact ourselves at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also the potential to join in the Inverurie Whisky Shop Cask Purchase scheme where we are looking for shop customers to join in a joint cask venture. Download the brochure HERE
We have just received delivery of this brand new Scottish Craft Vodka and we were so impressed I just had to write a quick review!
Distilled in the Heart of Speyside at the Craigellachie Distillery, this punchy little number has spent 6 of its 8 years in an refill Butt before its final slumber in Pedro Ximinez casks before being selected by Murray McDavid as their special limited release for the Spirit of Speyside Festival bottling of 2019.