New Stirling Whisky Shop Opens for Business
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.
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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 on the 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.
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has reported strong sampling figures from the Coronation Festival, staged in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
The four-day event saw 60,000 visitors tour the Gardens of Buckingham Palace, as they enjoyed a unique showcase of British products, including the Royal Warrant holder and No.1 selling Islay single malt whisky, Laphroaig.
Providing over 14,000 samples, the Laphroaig stand offered visitors the chance to taste the brands signature 10 Year Old and vibrant Quarter Cask as well as purchase a bottle from Laphraoig’s full portfolio.
Laphroaig Distillery Manager, John Campbell also attended the Festival and treated an audience of 150 consumers to a nosing and tasting of Laphroaig 10 Year Old, Quarter Cask and 18 Year Old within the Food and Drink theatre.
Laphroaig became a Royal Warrant holder in 1994 when Prince Charles visited the distillery to personally bestow his Royal Coat of Arms on Laphroaig. The brand remains the only single malt whisky to have received this honour and today every bottle of Laphroaig proudly bears his coat of arms.
Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director at Maxxium UK, commented: “We are very proud of Laphroaig’s Royal Warrant and the Queen’s Coronation marked the perfect occasion and platform to showcase Laphroaig’s portfolio, which allows us to grow the brands popularity and introduce new consumers to whisky. The numbers we have reached over the course of the four days are extremely encouraging and representative of the growth of Laphroaig fans around the world.”
Issued by The BIG Partnership on behalf of Laphroaig
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