Views and Reviews from The Shop Floor

Turning the Tide on Tequila

A Review of UWA – A Scottish Tequila Collaboration.

Tequila in Scotland has a pretty bad reputation. Used either as a punishment or dare, or to help the latecomer to the party “catch up”, it has never been seen as a drink to sip, savour and enjoy.

Now a pair of North East entrepeneurs, Michael Ballantyne and Ross Davidson are looking to change the perception of Tequila in the area, and are releasing three expressions designed for the new Craft Generation sweeping the country.

Created to be served neat, over ice or as a specially created cocktail, UWA (U-wa) Tequila will be hitting the shelves very soon.

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So What if Scottish Gin isn’t Scottish?

Does it really matter……?

Charles Richard Gough, former Scottish International Captain, gaining 61 caps and inducted into his nation’s hall of fame. One of the best known defenders of all time, winner of 10 Scottish League titles, scorer of the only goal in a 1-0 victory against the Auld Enemy in 1985 and named in the Scottish Football roll of Honour in 1990. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, 1962 and raised in South Africa by his Swedish mother and Scottish father. Wait, hold up – you mean he wasn’t 100% Scottish? Why is he in our hall of fame? Surely he doesn’t deserve all this adoration and accolades! A fraud. A Con. The supporters have been duped! Or some would have you believe….

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Murray McDavid Part Two – 3 Whiskies and 84 Years Between Them!

Although they are fairly new to me, Murray McDavid have always been steeped in great whisky tradition. I didn’t know much about the company until I did some research and found their roots were well and truly planted by some of Whiskies great names. you can read a wee bit more about them in Part One.

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What Have the Irish Ever Done For Us?

The simple answer is quite a lot. Terry Wogan, Riverdance, Guinness, Potato Crisps, McDonalds….the point is that if it wasn’t for the Irish the world would be a much quieter and duller place. Continue reading “What Have the Irish Ever Done For Us?”

Murray McDavid Hit the Right Notes

They are certainly the brightest selection on our shelves, but Murray McDavid are much more than an eye catching label.

They are one of the few Independent Bottlers than offer a range of Whisky styles, from Grain to Single Malt to Blended Malt, they cross the range in style, both in appearance, selection and, most importantly, taste!

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Mews-ing Over an English Gin

Whenever I try a new Gin the first thing I now look out for is the look of the bottle. With so many hitting the shelves right now it is more inmoprtant than ever to stand out from the crowd if you are going to be successful. A great tasting drink is simply not Continue reading “Mews-ing Over an English Gin”

This Is Gin A VIP Event

A Fantastic Night Was Had By All….

The Udny Coffee Apothecary Hosted a Fabulous Event

When Karin McGivern, Co-Creator and author behind the new This Is Guides asked me to be a part of their first release – This Is Gin, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading “This Is Gin A VIP Event”

5 Great Value Drams to fend off the January Blues


The January blues are upon us. Credit Cards to pay off, an extra week till payday, all the Christmas Booze gone over Hogmanay and back to work. It isn’t the most pleasurable of times, especially with the bitter cold coming in.

It doesn’t have to be all bad though does it? Here are five budget whiskies that won’t break the bank and will give you a tremendous warmth in these chilly times. Forget Dryanuary, we’re all for Tryanuary – give it a go at these prices all under £40. Continue reading “5 Great Value Drams to fend off the January Blues”

Scottish Home Show – 1st Attendance


Last weekend (23rd – 25th September) saw us attend our first ever exhibition! The Scottish Home Show 2016 saw us take part with over 200 other exhibitors for the weekend and it was a great experience!

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