There is no denying that whisky is the spirit of Scotland. Global exports of Scotch Whisky grew to £4.51bn during 2021, according to figures released by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). It's great to see the industry recover from the impact of Covid-19 and we certainly enjoy a wee dram or two at Geraldo’s!
The month of May is officially Whisky Month in Scotland and we have a great line-up of free in-store tastings every Saturday, from 4 whisky regions across Scotland. We hope you can join us to celebrate and enjoy some traditional favourites and new whisky arrivals!
Clydeside Distillery Tasting (Lowlands) - Sat 7th May, 1-5pm
What better way to kick off our Whisky Month tastings than with a new Lowland whisky? Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow has recently launched their inaugural 'Stobcross' Single Malt and we've been very lucky to be one of the first retailers in the UK to receive an allocation.
It's produced using clear water from Loch Katrine, 100% Scottish barley and then matured in 90% Bourbon (American Oak) and 10% Sherry (European Oak) casks. With floral notes, fresh sweetness with tropical tones on the nose and orchard fruits and hints of white pepper on the palate, this is a lovely whisky to sip and savour over the upcoming summer months.
Hosted by our very own Geraldo's Whisky Ambassador, James Gillies, who is the fountain of knowledge when it comes to all things whisky. Whether you're new to the world of whisky or a connosieur of Uisge Beatha, come and have a chat with James and taste Clydeside's inaugural single malt.
Tomatin Whisky Tasting (Highlands) - Sat 14th May, 12.30-4.30pm
From the Highlands, we're delighted to now stock the range of excellent whiskies from Tomatin Distillery which is celebrating its 125th anniversary in June 2022.
In recent years, this distillery has become known for taking whisky lovers on an inimitable journey of age and cask maturations, each one bursting with flavour and unique characteristics while showcasing the classic Tomatin house style; unpeated, light, soft and fruity.
Keith Aherne, their Regional Sales Manager will be showcasing a selection of their whiskies at this in-store tasting on Saturday 14th May. Come and sample their Legacy, 12 year old, 14 year old, 18 year old & Cu Bocan Signature Sngle Malts. With such a fantastic selection, we're sure you'll find a new favourite. AND as it's a new range for us, we're offering them at a introductory discounted price.
Glen Scotia Tasting (Campbeltown) - Sat 21st May, 1-5pm
Campbeltown lies across the water from us on the Mull of Kintyre peninsula and has traditionally been the home of many distilleries. It's the smallest region of all but definitely not to be underestimated. Campbeltown malts, such as those from Springbank Distillery and Glen Scotia tend to be robust, complex whiskies that are full of flavour with hints of sea salt and mild peat.
To this day, Glen Scotia follows in the footsteps of their founders, distilling whisky using traditional methods, carefully creating the unique Campbeltown maritime style they’ve become world famous for. This lovely distillery still maintains much of its original design, including the mashtun, the stillroom and the dunnage warehouse dating from the 1830s. The last century saw turbulent times for the whisky distillers of Campbeltown, yet the Glen Scotia legacy endures.
To celebrate World Whisky Day on Saturday 21st May, the lovely Fiona Sutherland, Glen Scotia's Business Development Manager will be showcasing a selection of their award-winning whiskies at this free in-store tasting. She'd love to meet you and might even bring along a few suprises on the day!
The GlenAllachie Tasting (Speyside) - Sat 28th May, 1-5pm
To round of our Whisky Month tour of the regions, we're excited to showcase a selection of the exceptional whiskies from The GlenAllachie Distillery.
The GlenAllachie Distillery is one of the best-kept secrets in Speyside, nestled at the foot of Ben Rinnes, near Aberlour, this distillery has gone through a number of changes since its beginnings in 1967. Now independently owned and led by industry veteran, Billy Walker, who boasts an astonishing 50-year tenure in whisky, the distillery has gone from stength to strength with a number of outstanding and award-winning drams.
Leigh McLellan, their UK Sales Manager will be offering tastings of their award-winning drams and looks forward to telling you more about this Speyside distillery.
Celebrate Whisky Month!
Whether you are a whisky connoisseur or just discovering 'the water of life', we hope you enjoy celebrating our national drink with a few wee drams this Whisky Month of May.
If you can't make it to our Whisky Month in-store tastings, then why not take a look at some of the exceptional whiskies that we have online or visit us in Largs when you're able to? You can also sign up to our Whisky Newsletter to be the first to hear about new releases and our whisky events. Find out more here.