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!
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.
Where can you find the perfect malt whisky, mouthwatering handmade chocolates and stunning scenery? The Isle of Arran of course! The Geraldo’s team had a fabulous and truly informative day out this week to one of Scotland’s most magical islands and what a day it was!
The Isle of Arran Distillery
After a breezy trip on the ferry, Senior Brand Manager, Louisa Young, accompanied the team to the newly refurbished distillery in Lochranza. Nestled below the mountains, the distillery is in the ideal location to produce the perfect malt; where the pure water flows into nearby Loch na Davie. Combine this with Arran’s warm micro-climate, high quality barley and yeast, expertly picked oak casks and patience – up to 18 years of patience – while the wondrous character of the whisky matures. But as Master Craftsman, James MacTaggart says, “There is no point having good ingredients if you don’t have good people to make it.” The passion and knowledge that James, Louisa and all of the staff at the distillery have about their whisky is inspiring and it tastes fabulous too. Tours are starting again on Monday, 27th Feb 2017 and definitely worth taking the trip over there to see it.
The Arran Chocolate Factory
We all had a warm glow (could’ve been the whisky) as we travelled back to Brodick; spotting golden eagles, deer and seals en route. The magic continued as we were welcomed by owner James McLehry, and his senior chocolatier Jan, at The Arran Chocolate Factory. The sweet aroma hits you as soon as you enter the shop. Jan, who has been making chocolate there for 15 years, gave us a fabulous demonstration on making Easter eggs and some of their delicious hand-crafted treats. We also got a sneaky peek at some of her wonderful Easter creations. Watch this space as these little ducklings are sure to nip over the water to Geraldo’s of Largs soon!
If you are looking for a special gift for your loved ones this Christmas, then look no further. We have Christmas covered at Geraldo’s in Largs!
Embossed tins from Farmhouse Biscuits
Our rebranded shopfront.
DON’T open until the 25th!
From beautifully embossed tins of biscuits, Xmas gift confectionery and delicious handmade chocolates to Scottish liqueurs, craft gins and malt whiskies; there is something to suit everyone in your family.
Have a look at this selection of festive treats and pop in to the shop to browse our full range of festive food and drink gifts. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose that perfect gift or put together a selection of your choice to create a bespoke gift hamper.
We are open every day until Christmas!
Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm.
Thursday – Saturday 10am – 9.30pm. (6pm Xmas Eve)
Sunday 11am – 6pm.
Our chocolates and confectionery are also available to buy online.
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.
Over the next two weeks we will be telling you more about these wonderful gins and where they come from. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out more.