A Day at Glen Moray Distillery

Well it wasn’t “just” a day at Glen Moray Distillery, it was a day at their first Christmas Fair…in the cooperage and yes I was delighted to have been invited up to it.

I was going up to sell and chat about my whisky fudge, seeing as I make it, and if you didn’t know that already, then where have you been?! I had made the following: Glen Moray Elgin Classic Sherry Cask Finish, Glenfiddich 12 year old, Laphroaig 10 year old #009, Caol Ila 12 year old, Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 57, and GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5 or 6.4kg of the above.

So early-ish on Saturday morning (after sleeping in) I boarded the train to Elgin full of eager anticipation for the day ahead. A lovely journey on the train passing a fair amount of distilleries on the way…gotta love living in Scotland ๐Ÿ™‚

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Upon arriving at the distillery I was dropped off at the cooperage and I went to find my table to set up. I met and chatted with fellow stall holders (a lady who made yummy scented candles and the Rotary Club to my right.) I then popped round to the Spirit of Speyside stand to say hello and introduce myself to John Blyth – the new festival manager. I said hello to Graham and Fay as I went to get a coffee and a rather yummy pigs in blankets and cranberry combo… late brekky / brunch and bloody lovely! Drool!

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Then the fair started.. What a setting! All adorned in festive decorations, with blues and golds and twinkling lights setting the scene for the day. The Angel’s Share hanging seductively in the air around the distillery…just wait, there are some delicious drams maturing.

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I sold a lot of fudge and chatted and smiled the day away, I met the lady from Cairngorm Leaf and Bean and bought some Mountain Brew coffee. I also bought some of the latest Bottle Your Own from the distillery, this being the 2007 – 10 year old Port Finish (4 year finish) 57.1% abv. I think fate intervened as I realised I had bottle number 11 ๐Ÿ™‚ with bottle 12 being bought for a friend. Then another bottle to keep, the 1994 Sherry Cask Finish. You can hear a round the table tasting of it here…ย Podcast by This is My Dram. I have already had the pleasure of one bottle and this one will stay closed for now… and picked up the Marsala finish and Bordeaux finish paid samples too. I went to say hello to another face I recognised and who recognised me too, James Campbell – Chairman at the Spirit of Speyside Festival and had a lovely chat about..yes you guessed it, whisky! Hee hee. Who else? There was lovely Jeanine and her hubby and also Mr Distillery Bikes and his wife. Nice to see you all.

Then it was time to go and hear the choir sing carols and watch the Christmas lights being switched on. The local brass band and choir in perfect harmony.

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I must add, that everyone who works at the distillery that I met were happy, funny and welcoming, so refreshing to see and so nice to be around for the day. A lot of local businesses enjoyed a wonderful day and so did everyone else, from very tiny babies to those of older years. A day for all.

So, I guess that all that’s left to say is this, there is a lovely distillery you MUST visit. It is in Elgin. It is the Glen Moray Distillery. They have some absolutely wonderful whiskies for you to fall in love with…

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Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚

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Christmas is Coming…

Yes folks it’s coming…

Santa is getting ready to fill his sacks, and I’m getting ready to make some more whisky fudge. It’s going to be a busy month. Firstly starting with the Christmas Fair at Glen Moray, then making fudge for other friends & customers too.

The whiskies will be:

Aberlour A’bunadh – Batch 57

GlenDronach Cask Strength – Batch 5

Laphroaig 10 Year Old – Batch 009

If you are interested in ordering some, then please get in touch as soon as possible – sarah@iheartwhisky.co.uk

Important Information

INGREDIENTS: Golden Caster Sugar, Sweetened Condensed Milk (Whole Milk and Sugar), Butter (from Milk and Salt) Whisky

For Allergens see ingredients in bold

The freshly made fudge has a shelf life of 3 weeks… but believe me it won’t take that long before I hear you say “nom nom…it’s all gone!!”….

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Fudge will be sold in ballotin boxes and packed and sent via Royal Mail.

Please note: I can only sell in the U.K. and E.U.ย 

 

Fudge Me

Fudge friends…

Please keep an eye out on upcoming posts if you’d like to order some fudge from me.

I’ll be including a Google form which will make things a lot easier for you. All details will be on the form, so all you’ll need to do is choose and pay.

Sarah

Sweet something’s…

Well things might become a little bit more exciting on the fudge front very soon, and all I can say is “watch this space”.

And you know what? I think it’s brilliant. It’s making me smile, and let’s face it, that’s not a bad thing.
From the humble “could I make that?”, through to my food handling and hygiene certificate, deciding on what packaging to use and all the the fun and interesting work in between. It’s giving me focus. The feedback is phenomenal and yes it really does make me happy!

So anyway. Just an update and I guess a huge and lovely thanks to those who have said they believe in me, because you have been there for the journey too.

Sarah x

 

Dramboree 5 – I blame Jon and The Dram Team

Hopefully the title had you thinking “huh?”

I’ve called it what I did as they were the main influence in my deciding to buy a ticket and go. Well we all like a giggle don’t we? Or should I say “we all love trying new whiskies, don’t we?”

Maybe it should be “a lost weekend in a hostel in Aviemore?”…

So I was packed with my bottle for the table and my fudge for willing mouths, and I was Edinburgh bound… eventually. Signalling delays had meant I had missed the first train but as I had planned ahead there was plenty of time to get there. I decided to have my first dram of the day while we approached Inverkeithing and as my stash was packed in my case I decided to see what they had on board. Not a lot it seemed. The Auganocean (guess) didn’t fit the bill so I decided on a wee old favourite the Highland Park 12 year old. Upon arrival in Edinburgh and ignoring a tweet about “batten down the hatches Edinburgh” I attempted to meet up with Jon and Tom. Bonus was I also met Chris and Jamie from The Dram Team and lovely Amy Seton too. So we set off for one of the Robert Graham’s shops before a brief visit to look in the cage at Cadenhead’s. Brief note, always accept the proffered magazine and don’t respond with “obviously they’re popular” at the large pile. Still my cheekiness and a smile got me off with a laugh.

Shortly after we headed for the coach station to gather the troops of whisky brethren together. I was kindly offered the job of driving the coach, however being two drams in I gladly declined the offer. So all aboard the bus and we were Aviemore bound. Woo hoo!

Back of the bus banter was refreshing and I soon found myself at ease… and the array of delicious drams most definitely helped the miles just disappear, GlenDronach 2002 Batch 8 PX Sherry Puncheon, and then another Batch 8 the 1992 cask #145 Oloroso Sherry Butt. A brief comfort break in Pitlochry and we were on the last run to Aviemore as we headed through the Drumochter Pass and past Dalwhinnie Distillery. We soon found ourselves at the hostel and cases put away and bottles on the table it was a chance to mingle…a few faces I already knew and a few who knew my face and some new faces to know too. So I think the rest of the evening went a little like this…a whisky tasting and receiving our Dramboree 5 glasses and badges to identify who we were. Then later we all introduced the bottle we brought along. These could be something you’ve wanted to try because they are nice or totally evil drams… I brought Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenrothes 12 YO. We all set about tasting things we fancied, I tried the Glen Moray Peated Port cask finish which was rather lovely and it also brought me a lot of humour on Twitter… If you saw the tweet you’ll know what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚ Compass Box Morpheus delighted my palate as did Dickel on the second dram. I tried some lovely SMWS whiskies too, 35.52 Lush, divine and exotic and 73.84 Tug of war in a meadow, I guess these were to build up a friendship with my palate again after subjecting it to Fujikai. If you haven’t “been” there then do give it a try… If I’d ever got close to a post game rugby players sweaty cup then I imagine my initial scent sensation would be “Fujikai”. However, I nosed it, I sipped it and believe that my face said it all as I took one for England and swallowed. It was interesting to see some extremely old looking bottle of Haig’s and I’m still not sure where they had been hiding. I gravitated to the lounge for the lost souls…humorous banter and some music and a chance to swap stories of who we are and what we like, the added bonus was the question “I’m going back to the table, anyone want anything?” to which I handed over my glass with a “surprise me”. All good and most welcoming as it was someone else’s choice.

I think I went to bed at 1:30am.

Saturday was an earlyish start and after brekky a walk down to Loch Morlich, love this area of Scotland. A fresh morning and the beautiful views to just lose yourself in for a moment or two. Breathtaking! We then all met up for a blind tasting with the whisky guv’nor and the Science of Peat with Mark and Kate from the Manchester Pyromaniacs manchesterpyromaniacs.blogspot.co.uk a fun and interesting look into heated whiskies including a blind tasting, and I managed to guess one to, the Laphroaig and won a fab Boutique-y Whisky canvas of the Back to the Future Sale label of the Williamson 6 YO Batch 1 bottle. A welcome addition to my other framed cards at home.

After a quick wee dram (as you do) it was time to leave now gloriously sunny Aviemore and head to Forres, en route passing by a whole host of distilleries and had we stopped I’m sure a lot of money would have been spent. But first a stopping Rothes for lunch and the best flipping fish ‘n’ chips I have had in years. Fun and capers in the park with the human fish and then onward to The Benromach distillery. A whistlestop tour of this lovely distillery and an ambush on the distillery shop and we were all aboard the coach back to the hostel for a BBQ. So full of meat and and a happy day behind us it was time to mingle and share a dram or two or… well what ever you liked really. Prize giving for the best bottle and the worst and thanks applauded for a wonderful weekend it was time to wind down in the lounge for the lost souls and share a few giggles. One day I might explain why when asked what biscuit I’d be resulted in me saying “I can’t say (laughing), before sheltering my face behind a cushion”. Then it was time for bed as tomorrow we are heading home.

I guess that all that’s left to say is thanks. Thanks for suggesting I go, thanks for eating and enjoying my fudge, thanks for the banter and giggles but mostly and more importantly thanks to those that run these weekends – Jason B Standing, Jonny M.

Thanks to all those that made this fun!

Sarah

Anyone for Fudge?

I will be making my next order of fresh fudge on Friday, 14th July and will post them out in the afternoon. So if the Royal Mail behave themselves, you’ll have it on Saturday.

I’ll be rotating some of the whiskies I use on a fortnightly basis as I will be making fudge every second Thursday / Friday (except holiday time.)

Whisky choices will be:

Caol Ila – Moch

Tomatin – 12 year oldย 

Glen Moray Elgin Classic – Sherry Cask Finish

Costs areย ยฃ5.00 per 200g box, plus p+p

Important Information

INGREDIENTS: Golden Caster Sugar, Sweetened Condensed Milk (Whole Milk and Sugar), Butter (from Milk and Salt) Whisky

For Allergens see ingredients in bold

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Fudge will be sold in ballotin boxes and packed and sent via Royal Mail.

The fudge should be kept at an ambient temperature (or an airtight box.)

Interested? DM me on Twitter or email me sarah@iheartwhisky.co.uk

Thanks, Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Edinburgh Whisky Festival

 

Alternative title being “the other side of the table”…

I was invited to the Whisky Lounge Edinburgh by Amanda & Eddie to sell my fudge…so after making it I packed my lovely Balvenie hamper and Glen Moray bag and headed for Edinburgh on what was to be a swelteringly hot day.

I arrived at the really impressive Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. A friendly face greeted me, this was of course Mr Boutique-y Whisky the lovely Dave. So a quick hug and a hello and I went to pop my bags on my table. I saw Amanda who showed me where I could leave my case for the day, then after getting some directions my next port of call was a wee whisky shop on Rose St. And who would I find there? Well this would be Tom Thomson. A blogger and friend who I have tweeted with for 5 years or so, so finally I’d be able to say “hello”. A warm welcome greeted me as well as a rather delicious sample of a 25 year old Bunnahabhain. Lovely sweet caramel and toffee and then a deliciously smoky palate ๐Ÿ™‚ whilst I was in the door went, and in walked Dave McKinnon and his stepson Graeme. Another hello, a hug goodbye to Tom and time to race back for the festival.

It was a wonderfully amusing day with lots of familiar faces, across from me was Paul Dempsey from Spey Single Malt and yes I got a hug… and amongst the other wonderful people I met was the lovely Justine Hazelhurst (Kask Whisky) and we have a few wee chats, and I might pop down for one of her events… Roy from Aqvavitae came past and said hello… I was on a stand next to a lovely pie maker from Mussleburgh whose banter was most welcome. I also met the lovely Whisky’n’Whiskers and her sister, again a lovely chat. David from Scotland Spirit spotted me and said hello… between times I was selling my fudge and it really was well received. ย I looked across to my left and saw a familiar Tube Map and decided to go and have a look and met Blair Bowman and it was fantastic to say “thanks for signing my book “For Smiley” and to introduce myself.IMG_5650.JPG

Some were surprised there were a few choices of whiskies in the fudge and as ever the fudges I brought hit the spot. The Glen Moray fudge was extremely well received, as was the GlenDronach and the Caol Ila 12.

The wonderful and energetic Whisky Lounge – Eddie, Amanda and team were always on the go, and their passion and enthusiasm is evident amongst all of them. So refreshing to see!

Highlights of the day? I had a couple of men shouting to me in the street “Iove your fudge”, and the gentleman towards the end of the night who sampled a piece and declared “I love you – I’ll come back” and he did. And the old gentleman Dave who wanted to take my photo ha ha and then asked what I was selling and after sampling a piece went happily away with a box for himself. I sold most of the boxes full price but as the evening drew to a close I managed to sell the rest a little cheaper.

Banter, fun and laughter is the key to life…like meeting an old friend Rob (Bruce) It was so lovely to see him and catch up. And the lovely ambassadors from Fentimans, Mackmyra UK, etc. etc. Their love of their jobs and their humour is wonderful to see. And lastly the end of evening drinks.

So thank you everyone. A brilliant day and a fun evening. Truly a day of smiles, hugs and aching cheeks (upper.) And of course a few delicious drams…

Sarah x