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!

 

 

Gin Ahoy!

Ten gin distilleries, 25 types of gin, 350 salmon canapes and a marquee full of gin enthusiasts soaking up the regatta atmosphere.  I think we can safely say that Regatta GinFest floated everyone’s boat last Saturday.

The sun came out just in time for our ginfest attendees to walk the red carpet and enter the Regatta Marquee on the first day of Largs Regatta Week.  This Regatta is one of Scotland’s premier sailing events which has been running for 29 years and includes yacht, dinghy and skiff racing over 10 days.  The event is held at Largs Yacht Haven which has been awarded the very prestigious UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2017; the perfect venue for a GinFest!

While the yachts were competing on the water, the land-based gin fans enjoyed sampling and learning about a wide range of gins from ten distilleries across the country, many of which are finalists at this year’s Scottish Gin Awards.  And for those who fancied a wee nibble, Loch Fyne Oysters were showcasing their Makar Gin-infused smoked salmon.  All 350 delicious canapes went down a storm!

Check out the official photos by Marc Turner.

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If you missed out this time, don’t worry as we still have tickets left for Geraldo’s Gin Fest on 24th November in The Brisbane House Hotel in Largs.  They are selling quick so best book soon!

We also have an exciting calendar of in-store tasting events over the coming months.  Keep an eye on our Facebook Events page for details.  Pop into Geraldo’s of Largs this Saturday from 12.30 – 3pm to try the deliciously smooth Arran Gold Cream Liqueur.  There’s even some Arran Gold Truffles, courtesy of the Arran Chcolate Factory to go with it but you’ll have to be quick as these are limited.

Finally we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of those who attended and supported us at Regatta GinFest.  We couldn’t do it without you!  Thanks to Largs Yacht Haven, Largs Sailing Club, Largs Regatta Week, Marc Turner (for photos), Brockmans, Rock Rose, Darnley’s, Arbikie, Wild Thyme Spirits, Select Drams, Kirkjuvagr, Avva, Shetland Reel, Makar, Loch Fyne and Gin & Mix.  You’re all wonderful!

 

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.

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.

 

Limited tickets left for Geraldo’s GinFest!

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There is no doubt that Geraldo’s Gin Fest is going to be a great Saturday afternoon out in Largs. We have 15+ gin producers coming, complimentary Hendrick’s Gin Cocktail on arrival, live music, FREE prize draw, 4 gin masterclasses and chocolate tasting too.   Tickets are limited and there are only two weeks to go, so get yours soon and join us in the Brisbane House Hotel on the seafront from 12-6pm.

Come and learn more about Mother’s Ruin and taste all of the gins featured at the event. Hendrick’s, Edinburgh Gin, Rock Rose, Stirling Gin, Blackwoods, Darnley’s View, Gordon Castle, Brockman’s, Shetland Reel, Gilt Gin, Strathearn, Pickering’s, Valentia, Jaggi Gin and more will be there.

You can also meet the hugely knowledgeable Stephen White from the Scottish Gin Society who will also be on hand all day to answer all your gin-related questions.

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Over the next two weeks we will be telling you more about these wonderful gins and where they come from.  Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to find out more.

Let the party beGIN!

 

Where? The Brisbane House Hotel, Largs
When? Saturday 19th November 12-6pm (last entry 4pm)
How do I get tickets? This is a ticketed event and you can buy your ticket here!  

Get your ticket soon to avoid disappointment.

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.