Fancy joining me tomorrow for a wee dram?

It seems fitting that our very first in-store whisky tasting should be from a barrel supplied to us courtesy of James MacTaggart, Master Craftsman of the Isle of Arran Distillery; a thorough gentleman who travels back and forward between the distillery on Arran and his home in Islay every week.

My love of whisky started with a day trip to the Arran Distillery 8 years ago with my first ever taste of the ‘water of life’ that day, and it happened to be the Lochranza malt.  Most whisky buffs can tell you what their very first dram was and it certainly made an impression on me whilst we sat in the sun outside the visitor centre feeling light headed and blissfully happy.  The conversation was flowing and the whisky definitely helped.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that great conversation starts with great whisky!

What better way for us to celebrate World Whisky Day than to offer you a wee dram of Arran whisky.  From 1pm on Sat, 20th May 2017 allow me to introduce you to this wonderful distillery and a few of their expressions.

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to whisky or a seasoned connoisseur (perhaps we can learn something from each other tomorrow), just pop in to the shop and celebrate the day with me and the rest of the world.

Look forward to seeing you.



Largs Live 2014


It’s back, for it’s 3rd year running and it’s bigger than ever – 25 venues all conveniently located around town, 75 bands and over 100 gigs.  Drag yourself away from Wimbledon and explore Largs because school’s out tomorrow afternoon, the weather forecast is looking good and Largs is all ready to start the summer holidays alive and kicking with the first gig for this year’s Largs Live music festival starting at 6pm in the Bean and Leaf.

There’s a diverse range of music and entertainment throughout the weekend with top Scottish acts including Fatherson, The New Picadillys, The Laynes, Anna Sweeney, Ross Hamilton, Shambles Miller, Jo Mango and John Morgan as well as a huge headline show by Brownbear at Barrfields on the Friday.  Joining them will be plenty of local favourites such as Neil Menzies, Crisis, Drew Gault, Alan McKenzie, Jimallywhy and Chanty Dyke to name but a few who will create the spectacle that is Largs Live 2014.

There’s also street music and shows featuring Clanadonia who’ll be drumming up a storm in the Main St along with the Hong Lok Dragon Dance Troupe who will hopefully bring some good luck to this year’s festival with their dragon and lion dancing.

Scotch Broth Productions will be performing 6 free shows over Saturday and Sunday with Meet the McDougalls; not to be missed by the younger visitors to this year’s festival and Kelburn Country Centre has announced they will be hosting live music on the afternoon of Sunday, 29th June.  Largs and Fairlie residents will receive half price admission during the event if you present proof of address and you can enjoy all the usual Kelburn attractions as an added bonus.

I will, of course, be open for business throughout the weekend serving up ice cream, sweet treats and even slush to keep you all super cool in between gigs right through till at least 10pm every night.  Be on your best behaviour, mention ‘Geraldo’s is the best ice cream in Largs’ and you may even get a couple of free toppings on your big dipper.

Stay safe, enjoy the weekend and have a fantastic time at Largs Live 2014!

Toni x