Scottish Gin Awards – The Winners!

After much anticipation, the Scottish Gin Award winners were announced at a glitzy ceremony in Glasgow last week and we were delighted and honoured to be presenting one of the main awards of the evening for ‘Scottish Gin of the Year’.

With hosts Des Clarke and Catriona Shearer, over 500 guests gathered to hear the winners announced in 15 categories.

The top award, ‘Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year’, was presented to Arbikie Distilling after their mission to create spirits “from field to bottle” was praised by the judging panel.  The Arbroath-based farming family fought off seven other distilleries to win the award and they also collected the bronze medal position in the Cask Gin taste competition for their “Cask Aged Kirsty’s Gin.”

However, it was a new gin from Dundee which was the surprise star of the night.  Verdant Dry Gin, which created its first batch in May of this year, fought off competition from 16 other contenders to win the gold medal in the London Dry category and went on to win the judges prize for the best gin in the competition sponsored by Geraldo’s.  Owner and Managing Director, Toni, presented the award to a delighted Andrew Mackenzie and his wife Judy pictured below.

Other big winners were Edinburgh Gin who collected five medals and the Glasgow Distillery, makers of Makar Gin, who won two gold medals for Makar Old Tom and Makar Cask Aged Gin, Matured in Oak.  Popular and established producers such as Caorunn and Eden Mill also won medals, while some smaller batch new arrivals in the market barged into gold medal positions after scoring very highly.  NB Gin’s Navy Strength won gold for their super strength product while El-Gin from Elgin won gold for Distilled Gin of the Year.

Awards were also presented for business performance covering business growth, innovation and marketing with the popular Isle of Harris Distillery winning the highly sought-after Excellence in Branding award.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.  It was the perfect night to celebrate innovation and excellence in gin distilling in Scotland and recognise the hard-work of the people behind their gins.  We were thrilled to be part of it!  Congratulations also to founder Stephen White of The Scottish Gin Society and KD Media for an excellent evening.

We can safely say that the GINdustry is booming!

 

 

Hosting the perfect Burns Supper

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So how do you host the perfect Burns Supper?  Across the globe we celebrate the life and works of our famous Scottish Bard on the 25th January.  Haggis, neaps and tatties followed by clootie dumpling are standard, but it is the additional treats that will make a special night.

In Geraldo’s of Largs we have a wide range of malt whiskies to toast Robert Burns.  We also stock deliciously moist Whisky Cakes and a wide range of Scottish shortbread to nibble on during the Burns recitals.  Here are some recommendations…..

Robert Burns Single Malt

This is the official Isle of Arran Distillery Single Malt endorsed by The Robert Burns World Federation. Made from 70% Bourbon Casks and 30% Sherry Casks, this light aromatic Single Malt is ideal for drinking with your haggis.

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Ashers Whisky Cakes

Choose from 3 single malt Ashers Whisky Cakes. Deliciously moist fruit cakes laced with single malt whisky from the Highlands, Islands & Speyside.

Shortbread House of Edinburgh

The perfect accompaniment to a wee dram has to be shortbread.  Shortbread House of Edinburgh pride themselves on making everything by hand to ensure that the taste, texture and appearance is far superior to mass produced products.

If you need some more suggestions on how to host your own Burns Supper, have a look at Visit Scotland’s guide.  No matter how you celebrate our great Bard, the main thing is to have fun.  We’ll raise a glass to that!

Slainte!

 

Ready for Christmas?

If you are looking for a special gift for your loved ones this Christmas, then look no further. We have Christmas covered at Geraldo’s in Largs!

From beautifully embossed tins of biscuits, Xmas gift confectionery and delicious handmade chocolates to Scottish liqueurs, craft gins and malt whiskies; there is something to suit everyone in your family.

Have a look at this selection of festive treats and pop in to the shop to browse our full range of festive food and drink gifts.  Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose that perfect gift or put together a selection of your choice to create a bespoke gift hamper.

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We are open every day until Christmas!

Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm.

Thursday – Saturday 10am – 9.30pm. (6pm Xmas Eve)

Sunday 11am – 6pm. 

Our chocolates and confectionery are also available to buy online.

We hope to see you soon!

Let the party beGIN!

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Tickets are now on sale for our Geraldo’s Gin Fest & Brand Launch Party.

And you are all invited!

There are lots of exciting changes afoot at our end. Our own in-house brand of Geraldo’s ice cream is now our shop name too.  You’ll notice lots of changes to the Sugar & Spice you’ve all come to know and love but our passion and products remain the same and we are hugely appreciative of everyone’s support and goodwill over the last 16+ years. We will continue to develop wonderful flavours of artisan ice cream and be brand ambassadors for our luxury handmade chocolates, exquisite gift confectionery and premium spirits.

New shopfront almost complete.

New shopfront almost complete.

What better way to launch Geraldo’s than to celebrate with gin!

When? Saturday 19th November from 12pm – 6pm
Where? The Brisbane House Hotel, Largs.

Spend an afternoon with us and over 15 artisan gin producers. Learn more about where the gins come from, how they are made and meet the people behind the distillery.

On arrival, you will receive a complimentary gin cocktail then it’s left to you to select a teacup and sample Mother’s Ruin at your leisure. There will be live music throughout the day and chocolate tasting too with some gin masterclasses for the professionals among you. All gins will be available to purchase on the day and there will be prize draws to win some fantastic goodies too.

The Brisbane House Hotel is conveniently located just along the road from the shop where you can pop in after the event to browse the full selection of premium spirits now available.

We hope you can join us!

We are selling our tickets via Eventbrite. Click here to buy yours now!

Want to know more about how Geraldo’s started?  Have a look at: The Story of Geraldo’s ice cream.

Newmilns Food Festival – Putting the OO in Food!

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Newmilns is holding its first food festival and we’ll be there! Come along and sample local food and drink in the covered Marketplace, watch some fascinating demonstrations and bring the kids for a great family day out.

Organised by the Newmilns Regeneration Association and supported by local businesses, the Community Food Fund and Awards for All, this FREE to attend Food Festival will showcase the very best of local food and drink. Artisan produce will include: baked goods; locally produced meats; ice cream; cheese; spreads; jams and chutneys; sweet treats; craft beers and of course our range of fruit-infused liqueurs.

We’ll be there with a range of Scottish gin, whisky, rum and vodka fruit-infused liqueurs, mouthwatering coconut macaroon and heavenly homemade tablet. Come and sample them all at our Sugar & Spice stall in the covered Marketplace.

There will also be street stalls; children’s entertainment; cooking, craft beer and cocktail demonstrations; competitions and the Newmilns Bake Off. A fabulous day out!

The Festival will take place on Saturday 17th September 2016 from 11am at Jamieson Park, Newmilns.

Find all the details here – we are very excited to take part in this event and hope you can make it along!

 

Stuck for ideas for Father’s Day?

Let’s face it, Dads like to know that they are appreciated and what better way to make him feel special than to get him a thoughtful gift on Father’s Day. So what to get?

Well pop into the shop or have a look at our website for some inspiration. 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. You are sure to find something he’ll love.Arran 10yoGlassPack

Whisky is often a popular choice. If your Dad has a particular preference of whisky, we have several expressions to choose from and can suggest something different that’s not found in the supermarkets. If he is keen to learn more about the ‘water of life’ our new whisky learning set makes the perfect accompaniment.

 

IMG_9895pwOr perhaps he is a gin drinker? With over 30 artisan gins to choose from, you’re bound to find one that would tempt his tastebuds. From Rock Rose in the North, to NB Gin in the East, The Botanist in the West and Hendricks in the South, we have a craft gin from every corner of Scotland. Pair it with a refreshing Fever-Tree Tonic and you’re all set to go.

 

For Dads with a bit of a sweet tooth, our luxurious handmade chocolates are out of this world. Create a thoughtful gift by carefully choosing his favourite chocolates, have them boxed by hand and beautifully packaged for his special day.

He’ll also love our new range of iconic Stewart’s mint and shortbread tins or make his day with a Cuba Venchi full size chocolate cigar.

Whatever gift you choose for your Dad, we hope you spend a wonderful day together, cherish every moment and have a very Happy Father’s Day!

When is World Gin Day?

World Gin Day 2016

If you’ve been living on a desert island, incommunicado for who knows how long, I would understand you not knowing but it seems everyone has gone gin crazy.

This Saturday, 11th June 2016 is the 8th year of a global celebration of my favourite tipple of all time.  Keep calm, keep it simple, get together with your favourite friends and taste and try a selection of gins. Whether it’s a cocktail, with your favourite tonic or on it’s own, do whatever you like with it and rest assured:

Gin is in!

In case you’re wondering where to purchase your favourite gin, our range has now grown to over 30+ so why not try something new for World Gin Day?  We’re open 7 days till 10pm so there’s still time to pop in and pick up something new or you could pop over to our Facebook Page and enter our competition to win the gin of your choice this Sat and really have something to celebrate.

Have a G & T!

Happy World Gin Day 2016! x