Highland Park single malt whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has forged a new partnership with one of the UK’s leading pub trade magazines, The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, by sponsoring an award category at their annual Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2014.
The bespoke package will see Highland Park sponsor the ‘Front of House Manager of the Year’ at the awards, which are now in their sixth year and known as the leading event for the premium end of the UK food-led pub trade.
The ‘Front of House Manager of the Year’ award recognises gastropub managers who are a vital part of their pub’s business success and help deliver excellent service. Highland Park will play a key role in the judging process and will present the award to the chosen manager at the awards ceremony on Monday, 27 January 2014 at Anglian Country Inns’ site Hermitage Road, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
Peter Sandstrom, marketing director, Maxxium UK on behalf of Highland Park commented: “The front of house manager is a pivotal role in any establishment and the drinks offering is central to this. As an award winning single malt whisky, we are excited to be sponsoring this category. We look forward to reviewing the entries and, ultimately, congratulating the winner.”
Made using only the finest ingredients, which are responsibly sourced and managed, Highland Park is made for people who understand and respect whisky and are ‘fans of flavour’. Promoting a passion for whisky and the importance of flavour, Highland Park helped create the Slow Food UK Chef Alliance, in partnership with Slow Food UK. The Slow Food UK Chef Alliance engages British chefs in actively championing small-scale producers and working within their communities to promote good quality local and sustainably produced food.
The closing date for entries is 17 October 2013 and the Top 50 list will be announced at the awards lunch on Monday 27 January 2014.
For more information please visit www.top50gastropubs.co.uk
To enter, please fill in the form available here.
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About Highland Park Established in 1798 on Orkney, Highland Park is one of the most remote Scotch whisky distilleries in the world. For over 200 years, the distillery has combined time old tradition and the very best craftsmanship to achieve perfection. Its range of 12, 18, 21, 25, 30 and 40 year old single malts is consistently acclaimed by connoisseurs and experts.
Highland Park has won a string of prestigious awards across its portfolio, most recently including ‘best new whisky release of the year 2009’ for its 40-year-old single malt and ‘best whisky in the world 2009’ for its 21-year-old expression in the World Whisky Awards, as well as four double gold awards in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009.
Five keystones contribute to making the Best Spirit in the World:
Hand-turned malt adds to the deliciously succulent, balanced layers of aromatic character found in Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky.
Aromatic peat gives a delectably seductive, luxuriant floral sweetness to Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky.
Cool maturation enhances the smooth character of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky.
Sherry oak casks contribute to the distinctive richness and multi-dimensional complexity of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky.
Cask harmonisation ensures consistency and balance in Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky.
Whisky fans will be toasting the opening of a new specialist whisky shop in Stirling’s historic Old Town.
Based in the iconic Highland Hotel on Spittal Street, the shop is owned and run by Cameron McCann, one of the partners in the popular Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival.
“I’ve always been surprised that Stirling didn’t have a whisky shop as there are a number of distilleries right on our doorstep. This, together with the appeal that Stirling has for visitors, gave me the inspiration to open the Stirling Whisky Shop. So Stirling now has what every City needs – a specialist whisky shop.
“I was delighted when the Highland Hotel approached me with a suggestion to base the shop in some vacant space that they had available. Not only are we able to offer something to hotel guests, but the shop opens up right onto Spittal Street meaning that we have an on-street presence accessible to all.
“We stock the largest selection of Scotch Whiskies in Stirling, alongside a range of other spirits and drinks including wine, gin, vodka, and craft beers. We are convinced that we will have something for all price ranges and tastes.
“We are offering daily in store whisky tastings, and we are able to offer advice and help to those who may be looking for a gift for a whisky lover, but are not sure who to ask. We can also help with whisky investment advice for collectors or people who may be interested in starting a collection of their own.
“Working alongside me in the shop I have Fiona and Malcolm; Fiona was formerly a distillery visitor centre manager, whilst Malcolm is a Keeper of the Quaich, which is an honour bestowed on those who have given service to the whisky industry. Our collective knowledge should be able to help answer any whisky questions that anyone may have.
“Stirling is starting to gain a strong reputation for whisky. The Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival held in May is a regular feature in the whisky calendar and tickets sell-out well in advance each year. The two monthly whisky clubs that we run in Stirling and Drymen are very popular as well. The addition of our new shop adds to the growing reputation of Stirling as a top whisky destination.”
The new Stirling Whisky Shop can be found in the Stirling Highland Hotel and can be accessed from Spittal Street. The shop is open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday and from 11am – 4pm on Sundays.
This November, the world’s number one bourbon is set to bring the magic of its famous Jim Beam distillery to the heart of London. On 21 and 22 November 2013, Jim Beam will transport bourbon-loving Londoners over the rolling hills of Kentucky and into the world-class Jim Beam Stillhouse which will stand, for two nights only, in The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London. For more details see Planet Whiskies
Single Malts Direct is an internationally renowned whisky retailer based in Speyside, the heart of malt whisky country. The team behind Single Malts Direct has been supplying scotch whisky products since 1967 and prides itself on offering the largest selection of whiskies from around the world, at the best prices available.
Single Malts Direct was recently ‘Highly Commended’ in Whisky Magazine’s Online Retailer of the Year award, and has won multiple awards for its own ‘Whiskies Of Scotland’ range of independent bottlings. Since its inception, Single Malts Direct has also added vodka, rum, port, Armagnac, gin, liqueur and brandy to its growing stock of products.
Single Malts Direct has been sending whiskies to happy customers all over the world online since the year 2001. The website has developed from humble beginnings stocking only a few hundred products to now stocking nearly 1000 products. The site is run by whisky enthusiasts who hold an unparalleled depth of knowledge on all things whisky.
As places to buy whisky go, Royal Mile Whiskies really has to be considered one of the best. Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile it can’t help but draw the attention of passers-by. With its wide open shop front and generous window display it really is a one stop shop for all things whisky. The traditional appearance of the shop blends in very well with this part of Edinburgh’s old town and on entering the interior is equally in-keeping with the shops conventional style.
The shop is very well staffed and just walking around you get the feeling that those working in the shop are as passionate about whisky as those in browsing the shelves. As well as an extensive range of malt, bended and grain whisky, Royal Mile Whiskies also have an assortment of other spirits from around the world including exotic rums, mystical looking liqueurs and premium vodkas. It really is hard to find an empty square foot in the shop that isn’t housing some intriguing rare concoction and the vast collection of whisky miniatures to choose from shouldn’t see anyone leave disappointed.
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