The Scottish Gin of the Year Award goes to….

…You’ll find out on Thursday! Geraldo’s is delighted to be sponsoring the Gin of the Year Award at the inaugural Scottish Gin Awards in Glasgow this week. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages to see who is the winner.

This is a new annual event which will celebrate innovation and excellence in gin distilling in Scotland and recognise the hard-work and determination of the people behind their gins. Did you know that 70% of the UK’s gin is made in Scotland? We’ll raise a G&T to that.

At the Scottish Gin Awards, the finalists include 28 gin producers and 51 gin brands shortlisted for a range of categories including Taste, Distillery of the Year and the award that we are sponsoring, Scottish Gin of the Year. We can’t wait to see who wins! The full list of finalists can be found here.

Who do you think will be the star of the show?

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Change just one thing…

This is the message from Scotland’s Food & Drink champions as Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight starts this Sat, 2nd Sept to Sun, 17th Sept 2017 inclusive.

This annual celebration is encouraging everyone this year to change just one thing and support the people who grow, make, cook and sell Scottish Food & Drink.  It could be that you want to feel healthier and the one thing you change this fortnight is to eat more fruit and veg.

To make it easier there’s a daily theme to inspire you to consider changing ‘one thing’ for #onethingfortnight

Sat 2nd Sept Picnic Sun 10th Sept Weekend lunch
Sun 3rd Sept Afternoon tea Mon 11th Sept Coffee break
Mon 4th Sept Office meeting Tues 12th Sept Breakfast
Tues 5th Sept Packed lunch Wed 13th Sept Family meal
Wed 6th Sept TV dinner Thurs 14th Sept Street food
Thurs 7th Sept Sport snack Fri 15th Sept BBQ
Fri 8th Sept Children’s party Sat 16th Sept Fine dining
Sat 9th Sept Drinks party Sun 17th Sept Brunch

Try something new and share it on social media using the hasthags #scotfoodfort and #onethingfortnight

Here at Geraldo’s we’ll be celebrating with a series of in-store tastings and promoting Scottish Food and Drink at Largs Viking Festival and Newmilns Food Festival.

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We’re a family business supporting other, independent family businesses and all those people who are out there involved in Scottish Food & Drink together, so why not try something new this fortnight and let’s celebrate together?

Now’s your chance!

Toni x

Limited tickets left!

Join us and 10 artisan gin producers at Regatta GinFest for a Saturday afternoon of gin tasting. What better way to spend the August bank holiday weekend?

Largs Regatta Week is one of Scotland’s premier sailing events and includes yacht, keelboat, dinghy and skiff racing over 10 days. The event is held at Largs Yacht Haven, which has just been awarded the very prestigious UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2017. This is your chance to soak up the Regatta atmosphere, meet the artisan gin producers and taste their wonderful gins.

When?

Saturday 26th August. 2-6pm

Where?

Regatta Marquee, Largs Yacht Haven

How?

Buy your ticket here!

The gin producers will be coming from across the country with award-winning gins, old favourites and brand new gins on the market. SIX of the distilleries coming are finalists in this year’s inaugural Scottish Gin Awards. This is your chance to meet them and find out what makes them stand out from the crowd.

Check out who is coming!

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Tickets are limited and selling fast, so please grab yours soon to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you there!

In-store Tastings

Can’t make Regatta GinFest? Then come along to one of our in-store tasting sessions.

 

This Saturday you can try a range of delicious fruit liqueurs. Made in East Lothian by husband and wife team Robin & Derry Ford, there are 5 amazing flavours to choose from: Raspberry Vodka, Rhubarb Rum, Brammle Whisky, Gooseberry & Ginger Gin and Damson Gin. What’s not to love? There’s a liqueur here for everyone! Pop in on Saturday 19th August from 12.30-3pm and try them for yourself.

Follow us on Facebook or sign-up to our newsletter for details of all upcoming tasting events and future masterclasses.

 

 

Special gifts for Father’s Day

Looking for something special for your Dad? From a vast choice of whisky and gin, to sweet treats of luxurious handmade chocolates, gift-wrapped confectionery or some of our beautifully embossed tinned biscuits, we’ve got the perfect gift for him in Geraldo’s of Largs.

Whisky loving Dad

Nothing beats a warming whisky to wind down in the evening. We have a lovely selection from many independent distilleries across all of the regions. Our newly qualified in-store whisky connoisseurs are also at hand to give you advice and help you find the ideal dram for your Dad.

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Gintastic Dad

Perhaps your Dad prefers a gin. With a choice of over 40 artisan gins in store, you’re bound to find one that would tempt his tastebuds. Pair it with a refreshing Fever-Tree Tonic and you’re all set to go.File 12-06-2017, 17 38 32

You could also give him the opportunity to sample many different gins at one of our gin fests in Largs. We’re sure he would be delighted to receive a ticket for either Regatta Gin Fest in August or Geraldo’s Gin Fest in November. A real treat to look forward to!

Sweet tooth Dad

Luxurious handmade chocolates and gift-wrapped confectionery are always a winner for a sweet-toothed Dad. We have a wonderful range of chocolate liqueurs, high quality turkish delight, embossed tins of shortbread and wonderfully moist and delicious whisky cakes.

We hope this helps you find his perfect gift and wish all the Dads out there a wonderful Father’s Day this Sunday.

Raise a dram with the world!

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Whether you are new to whisky or a seasoned connoisseur, the month of May (Whisky Month) is the time to discover, taste and celebrate Scotland’s national drink.  There’s a dram out there to suit everyone!

You are all invited to try ‘the water of life’ throughout the month of May, but in particular on World Whisky Day on 20th May.  Across the globe celebrations will be taking place with the sole aim to make whisky fun, enjoyable and available to everyone.

Only this week, Toni and Alison have become newly qualified Whisky Ambassadors.  After an intense day of training and successfully blind tasting a variety of Scottish malts it would appear they have the ‘nose’ for it.  They were delighted to be presented their awards from Lee Foster of The Whisky Ambassador Training School this week.

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Alison and Toni being awarded their Whisky Ambassador certificates.

Why not pop into the shop to test their knowledge and try something new?  There’s a lovely selection from many independent distilleries across all of the regions.  The long-awaited and newly released Kilkerran 8 YO Cask Strength and 12 YO whiskies are now in stock from Glengyle distillery in Campbeltown.  These lightly peated whiskies are definitely worth the wait and with limited stocks available they won’t be on the shelf very long.

Also, at Largs Food Fest on 27th May, we’ll be giving you the chance to taste the creamy, award-winning Benromach 10 YO and the delicious Atholl Brose Whisky Liqueur.  Jim Irvine of Gordon & Macphail, the world’s leading specialists on malt whisky, will be presenting in the seminar theatre at 5pm in the main marquee.  Not to be missed if you’re a whisky fan.  If you’re a newcomer to Scotland’s favourite tipple this is a perfect introduction from the man himself.

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With whisky celebrations across the world, we hope you can come and raise a glass with us during the whisky month of May.

If you only try one new whisky this month why not try something different and:

‘Drink less but drink better!’

Slàinte Mhath!

What’s the best Scottish gin?

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Geraldo’s gin range!

The World Gin Awards were announced earlier this week with Hernö Gin from Sweden taking the prestigious title of The World’s Best Gin 2017.  And with the Scottish Gin Awards being launched in September this year, we were wondering, what do you think is the best Scottish gin?

Scotland now produces over 70% of the gin consumed in the UK and exports are predicted to outsell Scotch whisky by 2020.  That is huge!  In fact over the festive period Brits spent a whopping £136 million on gin.  They certainly had a gin-tastic Christmas!

In Geraldo’s of Largs we now stock over 40 artisan gins in various sizes.  We have a gin from every corner of Scotland; each with their distinct taste and their own blend of local botanicals.  Come and discover your best Scottish gin!

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In fact, what better way to try a wide range of gins than to come to Geraldo’s Gin Fest in November 2017?  Last year was a sell-out success with lots of happy gin fans and even those who were new to gin found something that they loved.  Tickets will be on sale very soon!  Sign up to our newsletter to be one of the first to hear about it.

 

Arran magic

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Where can you find the perfect malt whisky, mouthwatering handmade chocolates and stunning scenery?  The Isle of Arran of course!  The Geraldo’s team had a fabulous and truly informative day out this week to one of Scotland’s most magical islands and what a day it was!

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The Isle of Arran Distillery

After a breezy trip on the ferry, Senior Brand Manager, Louisa Young, accompanied the team to the newly refurbished distillery in Lochranza.  Nestled below the mountains, the distillery is in the ideal location to produce the perfect malt; where the pure water flows into nearby Loch na Davie.  Combine this with Arran’s warm micro-climate, high quality barley and yeast, expertly picked oak casks and patience – up to 18 years of patience – while the wondrous character of the whisky matures.  But as Master Craftsman, James MacTaggart says, “There is no point having good ingredients if you don’t have good people to make it.”  The passion and knowledge that James, Louisa and all of the staff at the distillery have about their whisky is inspiring and it tastes fabulous too. Tours are starting again on Monday, 27th Feb 2017 and definitely worth taking the trip over there to see it. 

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The Arran Chocolate Factory

We all had a warm glow (could’ve been the whisky) as we travelled back to Brodick; spotting golden eagles, deer and seals en route.  The magic continued as we were welcomed by owner James McLehry, and his senior chocolatier Jan, at The Arran Chocolate Factory.  The sweet aroma hits you as soon as you enter the shop.  Jan, who has been making chocolate there for 15 years, gave us a fabulous demonstration on making Easter eggs and some of their delicious hand-crafted treats.  We also got a sneaky peek at some of her wonderful Easter creations.  Watch this space as these little ducklings are sure to nip over the water to Geraldo’s of Largs soon!

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A huge thank you to The Arran Distillery and The Arran Chocolate Factory for hosting our visit.  We all came home much more knowledgeable and enthused about Arran’s warming malts, delicious chocolates and wonderful people.

The Arran Whisky range and James of Arran Chocolates are stocked in Geraldo’s of Largs.  Pop in to find out more from one of our team members.  They’ll have lots to tell you!

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