Views and Reviews from The Shop Floor

Two Little Brown Dogs Meet at an Aberdeenshire Distillery….

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.

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Lang May Yer Lum Reek, and Your House Stock a Bottle of it As Well

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MacNairs Lum Reek is the latest line to be released from the GlenAllachie Distilling Company since it was bought by Billy Walker, traces its roots back to 1857. Harvey MacNair was a blending company said to be founded in this year, however evidence shows that it was not until 1931 that the company name was incorporated. Once owner of Benromach Distillery before the war it eventually became part of the Pernod Ricard group in 2005 after a spell under Allied Distillers. The Chivas branch of Pernod Ricard he Continue reading “Lang May Yer Lum Reek, and Your House Stock a Bottle of it As Well”

Two Re-releases of my old favourites from the BenRiach Distilling Company

Recently, The BenRiach Distilling Company has, with new Master Blender Rachel Barrie at the helm, released two of my old favourites. GlenDronach 15-Year-Old Revival and BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Cask.

While the GlenDronach release has undoubtedly been the one to catch the eye of the world, the BenRiach was, to me, equally as important in the way that Brown-Forman is to be depicted by fans of the respective distillery. Continue reading “Two Re-releases of my old favourites from the BenRiach Distilling Company”

Rock Solid Performance from The GlenAllachie Distillery

(Distillery Visit and info with Review of Products at end)

Quietly going about its business for 50 years, The GlenAllachie distillery has never really been one to shout about itself. Indeed, in my three years touring Speyside it has never crossed my mind to take that first left after Aberlour and take a peek, thinking it nothing more than an awkward road to the bottom of BenRinnes for a wee walk with the dogs.


After a welcome of Tea and Sandwiches, Richard took us to meet the Production Team

Then came Billy Walker. Continue reading “Rock Solid Performance from The GlenAllachie Distillery”

Another Great Gin from Dr Adam…

Earlier this year Dr Adam Elmegirab gave us an introduction to old style Old Tom Gin with his take on the style “House of Botanicals Old Tom Gin“. A sweetened, sugar (in this case Muscovado Sugar) compounded gin which offered something different to the heavily sugared fruit liqueurs and gin liqueurs swamping the market.


Maple Gin joins Old Tom from the House of Botanicals

They have done it again with their latest offering, The House of Botanicals Maple Gin. A variation on the Old Tom Style Continue reading “Another Great Gin from Dr Adam…”

If Gin is your Religion, let Walter lead your Congregation

The original Parish of Pitsligo was created in rage and anger by Lord Pitsligo, after a rant by the minister of New Aberdour denounced the “three pits of Hell, Pittullie, Pittendrum and Pitsligo”. Lord Pitsligo left, enraged, and immediately vowed to build his own Church. This he did, in Peathill, in 1635. Here the Parish remained until 1890 when, after several disputes with the minister, the Reverend Walter Gregor and its Heritors, the original Church was replaced, using several components including the Pitsligo Pew. Continue reading “If Gin is your Religion, let Walter lead your Congregation”

Beer With a Story To Tell….

There is something brewing in the quiet, unassuming North East village of Insch, and it’s going to tell some great tales.

Beer Story, the latest in Aberdeenshire Craft Breweries, is now available and I had the opportunity to meet the guys behind the scenes.

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Lost Loch Distillery has Found its Way

There has been a deep rumbling in Deeside recently, steamrolling it’s way to the top echelons of Gin production in Scotland, with Esker Gin, Twin River and Ginkhana. One distillery, however, has set their bar of production slightly askew. It would be a disservice to the others to say higher as all the above are releasing fantastic gins, but Lost Loch Distillery, near Aboyne, is certainly doing things differently.

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5 Great Ideas for £30 at IWS

Dryanuary, Ginuary or whatever you call it, January is certainly a time for taking stock. While you mull over the year, there are bills coming in, Christmas and Hogmanay, while great, have scunnered you. Times are hard and money isn’t quite there. But you may have been lucky enough to receive a Gift Voucher from us. £30 was the average value that we sold so we have drawn up 5 of our top purchases that you may enjoy spending this voucher on in the coming weeks…. Continue reading “5 Great Ideas for £30 at IWS”

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