It’s World Whisky Day Today!

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Today’s the day that invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life.

If you’ve never tasted Whisky before then get yourself along to Sugar & Spice today and allow me to offer you some assistance to help you celebrate World Whisky Day. Here’s a quick rundown on the regions first and, being a purveyor of handmade chocolates, a few suggestions to taste and try with your tipple. (Whisky and chocolate is fab btw):-

Lowlands – roughly between Dundee and Glasgow producing a lighter style of Whisky; fragrant, floral and fruity. Try the Auchentoshan 12 year old with our Creme Brûlée Truffles.

Highlands – encompassing many areas north of the Highlands Boundary Fault Line producing a variety of styles from spicy, aromatic whiskies in the north to fuller, slightly peaty flavours from the south. Try the new style Old Pulteney Stroma Malt Whisky Liqueur with our Besilienne Caramels. Mmm!

Speyside – ooh, now for the Creme de la Creme! Soft Scottish water produces elegant fruity malts with a drying smokiness. Sorry, but I can’t stop going on about Aberlour a’Bunadh Batch 34. Combine with our milk chocolate praline truffles. Mwah!!

Islay – very pungent and not for the faint hearted. Peaty, medicinal, briny and tasting of seaweed but try an Ardbeg 10 year old with our dark chocolate chilli and lime ganache and you’ll be blown away with the taste sensation that hits your tastebuds. Wow!

Campbeltown – a cross between the lowlands and the highlands with a good sprinkling of sea salt to bring out the taste. Love the pale straw colour of the Springbank 10 year old and the aftertaste of a visit to the seaside on a warm summer’s day. You just have to try combining this after a light evening meal with my milk chocolate salted caramels. Oh my goodness, the words: “died and gone to heaven” will spring immediately to mind.

Have a dram good day everyone!

Celebrate World Whisky Day on Sat 17th May…

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The month of May heralds the season for Whisky Festivals all over Scotland starting with the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival this weekend and Islay’s Malt and Music Festival at the end of the month.

Launched in 2012 by Aberdeen student Blair Bowman, World Whisky Day, now officially the 3rd Sat in May, is gaining huge popularity worldwide as more people discover the complexities of this fantastic spirit.

My first dram was only a few years ago after a busy day’s trading one Saturday night when my brother popped in at closing time for a chat. Sitting behind my counter, with the shop door locked, he commented on my range of whiskies and suggested we try one. Glenmorangie was the choice that evening and so began my love affair with “the water of life” and the ultimate instigator for a great night’s conversation.

I’m no whisky snob although I prefer mine with just a dash of water, as is recommended, but my top tipple for now is Aberlour’s A’bunadh Cask Strength from Speyside aged in Oloroso sherry butts. It’s strong, smooth and creamy and the most delicious whisky I’ve tasted; a drink to cherish and enjoy slowly and keep permanently stocked in my shop.

Another favourite of mine and much closer to home is the Robert Burns Malt from the Arran Distillery and for those of you who are new to the delights of Whisky and want to try something a little creamier, the Arran Gold Liqueur is one of my top sellers.

As with everything at Sugar & Spice I like to stock and promote “all things nice” whether it’s Whisky, chocolate, ice cream or fine confectionery. Throughout May we’ll be carrying out tastings of some of my favourite whiskies from each of the regions along with Gardiner’s of Scotland Whisky Fudges (the best there is) and some speciality chocolate bars I believe perfectly compliment Whisky. If you’re not a lover of the very peaty Ardbeg just wait till you try it with chocolate. Amazing combination!!!

So pop in, try something different and get ready to celebrate.

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Slainte!

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