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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

Not one, but TWO gin fests!

Happy World Gin Day gin lovers!!  We are hugely excited to announce that we have not one, but TWO gin fests for you to enjoy this year.  Now that is something to raise a G&T to.  Here are the details…..

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REGATTA GINFEST

Saturday 26th August 2017, 2-6pm

As part of Largs Regatta Week (one of Scotland’s premier sailing events), we are hosting Regatta GinFest in the Regatta Marquee on the grounds of Largs Yacht Haven, which has been awarded the very prestigious UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2017.

Soak up the regatta atmosphere with 10 artisan gin producers, learn all about how their gins are made, where they come from, meet the people behind the distillery and best of all, taste their gin.

The gin producers will be coming from across the country (and beyond) with old favourites and brand new gins on the market.  This is your chance to try them all!

Limited tickets are available, so please get yours soon to avoid disappointment.

Buy your Regatta GinFest ticket HERE!

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GERALDO’S GINFEST

Friday 24th November 2017, 6-10pm

After a huge success last year, Geraldo’s GinFest is back in November!

Spend the evening with us and 16 artisan gin producers in the fabulous Brisbane House Hotel on the seafront of Largs.  Select your tea cup on arrival and enjoy sampling ‘Mother’s Ruin’ at your leisure.

We have a wonderful line-up of gin producers eager to tell you all about how their gins are made, where they come from and the botanicals that make them all unique. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to find out who will be exhibiting this year.

Not only will there be over 40 craft gins to sample, but there will also be luxury handmade chocolates to try too!

Let the party beGIN!

Buy your Geraldo’s GinFest ticket HERE!

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Check out this video of last year’s Geraldo’s GinFest! 

We hope you can join us for #GeraldosGinFest 2017.

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!

 

Business of the Year 2016!

What a year we’ve had so far.  We are over the moon to announce that we have won the Association of Scottish Businesswomen National Business Award for Business of the Year 2016!

Presenter and judge, Lyndsay Darroch from Blackadders Solicitors

At a glittering Awards Dinner in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on Friday 2nd September, we were up against some fantastic businesses from across Scotland.  Toni was surprised and delighted when the ASB announced that she had won Business of the Year 2016.  She was joined by colleagues from the AABW (Ayrshire Association of Business Women) to support the finalists across 9 categories, with Ayrshire business women having another incredible year and picking up 3 awards on the night.

The ASB is an umbrella organisation for a number of business and professional women’s clubs throughout Scotland.  They work with government, enterprise organisations and businesses to further the interests of women in business, the professions and the voluntary sector. ASB members come from every sector, age group, and level of experience and responsibility.

These awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of successful female entrepreneurs, business and professional women on a national level and we are truly privileged to be recognised by the ASB.

On accepting her award Toni said: “The awards system was a catalyst last year for making changes this year and really helped me focus on a new direction for my business.”

Toni accepting her award

We have so many exciting development plans in the pipeline over the coming months and this is just the start.

Congratulations goes to all of the amazing finalists and award winners and a huge thank you to all the judges and organisers for such a super ceremony.

4 Star Award by Visit Scotland

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We are delighted to announce that Visit Scotland has awarded us an amazing 4 stars in their Quality Assurance Scheme within the tourist shop sector.

Visit Scotland’s Quality Assurance scheme is a benchmark for quality across the tourism industry and operates across accommodation, visitor attractions and food sectors.

Once a business signs up to be part of the scheme, an assessor visits the shop unannounced and under the tourist shop category grades three main aspects of the business: pre-arrival; arrival; and attraction/presentation.  Under these headings they assessed our online presence, the exterior appearance and signage of the shop, the interior orientation, decor and layout, the range and presentation of products and the general appearance, attitude and efficiency of the staff.  

The feedback we got from the Visit Scotland Assessor was fantastic and we are over the moon with our Four Star rating!

Given that this Quality Assurance Scheme is recognised on an international level, we are honoured to be part of it and look forward to working more closely with Visit Scotland over the coming years.