Two new arrivals:
Kilkerran 'Work in Progress' 3
Both of these bottlings from Springbank are extremely limited (only 600 of the Longrow) and we have a small allocation of each. If you want one you will need to be very quick as they’re selling fast!
Longrow is the more peaty version of Springbank and the Kilkerran is produced at their recently-reopened Glengyle Distillery in Campbeltown.
The Longrow is priced at £85 and the Kilkerran is £34.
The Tweeddale Blend 12yo
We’re very, very excited to announce the first of many in-store product launches…
On Saturday 25th of June between 1-5pm come in to the store and try, for the first time anywhere, the second batch of The Tweeddale Blend and talk to the man who put it together, Alasdair Day. This time it’s a 12yo version with 15yo grain in the mix.
The Tweeddale Blend appeared in its first incarnation as a 10yo but this time the 50% malt content is at least 12 years old and the 50% grain is 15 years old from a sherry butt.
You will of course be able to purchase the blend on the day but we have limited stock so make sure you arrive early in order to secure your bottle!
For more details on the story of the blend visit:
Father's Day at The Good Spirits Co.
With Father’s Day fast approaching (which reminds me…I need to get a pressie sorted out quick) we have a few great gift ideas lined up this week and also an in-store sampling of some Compass Box whiskies to help you make an informed choice for the old man.
If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet (and why on earth would you not?) then you can view the latest one here. We have a few excellent gift ideas and some great prices on some very limited stock.
On Saturday (18th) we will be sampling several of the Compass Box whiskies including the new Great King St blend which is a cracking whisky in a compact 50cl bottle. That should be in stock by the end of the week. Pop in between 1pm and 5pm to try some quality, artisan whisky. See you then!
Well, we’re a week and a half late but better late than never. Finally, at 3pm on Wednesday, we were given the little bit of paper which allowed us to sell you folks some lovely drinks. You would have thought it would be something like War and Peace given the length of time taken to produce but sadly it’s about three paragraphs on an A4 sheet.
Our very first customer!
Our first customer, Nicholas (above), was just passing as we were removing the window grills and popped in to buy a bottle of whisky. Thanks, Nicholas! Since then we’re had many of you popping in to see us and we’re extremely humbled by the enthusiastic reception from our customers and very grateful to all who have supported us with their hard-earned cash!
Willie 'Two Glencairns' Jackson
In the past day and a half we have sold sotol, sake, whisky, rum, limoncello, champagne, more whisky, tequila, gin, beer…the list goes on. We have a growing list of requests which we will endeavour to track down. We’re on our way at last and we hope to achieve our aim of supplying the best selection of quality drinks in the city. We hope you’ll agree.
See you soon!
A quick update for anyone reading this to let you know that we’re still waiting for the go-ahead from Glasgow City Council and it will now be Tuesday 31st at the earliest before we get confirmation due to the Council being closed Friday and Monday this weekend. In the meantime more stock is arriving on a daily basis so we’ll have even more delights instore to spend your hard-earned cash on. We have beers in from Brewdog and Arran and some lovely gins from whisky companies Bruichladdich and Wemyss Malts. Single Malt Scottish Vodka Valt in now on the shelves as well as more whisky, rum and bourbon than you can shake a stave at.
Keep an eye on this blog, our Facebook page or our Twittering for updates. Thanks again for your patience and we look forward to (hopefully) serving you at some point this week!
There was a time when our wee dream seemed like something that was going to happen in the distant future. There wasn’t anything but a name and a shell of a unit. At long last we are on the cusp of throwing open the doors and welcoming Glasgow and its visitors to our humble establishment. Almost…
- Our stock, patiently waiting for someone to come and take them home.
We were due to open tomorrow (Monday 23rd of May) but have been held up yet again by something that we are unable to control ourselves. Par for the course – if we had only to rely on ourselves we would have been open months ago. It is now likely that we’ll be opening on Tuesday or later, but we’re getting there and that’s the main thing. The shelves are heaving, the cigar humidor has been stocked with Cuba’s finest and we’re all raring to go. Just one more hurdle.
The counter, or is it the bar?
We’ve had two successful evenings, one for trade and press and another for our families and close friends. Both nights were hugely enjoyable and we’ve had many promises of a return visit to make a purchase. Roll on opening day!
After months and months of plotting and planning we are finally approaching our opening day. As luck would have it we will be opening on the 23rd of this month, which is apt given our address of 23 Bath Street.
Our solid oak flooring.
Our flooring has been laid and the unit finally looks like something that might be a shop soon. The contractors have done a brilliant job in turning a rotten shell into a welcoming space, just about ready to be filled with quality drinks.
As well as our previously mentioned exclusive we have some tantalising offers for our opening week and many treats in store. Feel free to pop in on your lunch break or after work if you are close by. You will be warmly welcomed.
Monday, May 23rd, 10am.
The real work is about to begin!
Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon barrel from 1988.
We love barrels. Well, all the products we will stock in the shop would be clear without them and lacking those rich, fruity flavours and smells that we all love. There are one or two of these tremendous tubs making their way into our shop to be used for a variety of things. Our counter will be made of flattened staves, for example, but there will be a few whole casks dotted around for displaying items on.
This one pictured above in particular was given to me by my good friend Ralfy when he left Glasgow for his island retreat. It had been living in his back garden for some time and had been filled with all sorts of things (a piece of wormwood was suspended inside on a string from the bunghole). The top end had been painted green, but the barcode attached stated North British 1996. The cask then sat for many months on my parents’ patio and whilst the elements battered and bruised it the paint began to flake off until almost all was gone revealing the original bourbon stamp you can see here. Ancient Age is a brand from the Buffalo Trace Distillery but at the time of filling, 1988, was called the George T Stagg Distillery, owned by the Ancient Age Distilling Company. A little bit of history for you.
Here’s a wee peek at our walk-in humidor currently being built. It is being constructed from Spanish cedar and mahogany.
The Tweeddale Blend
If you think blends are the poor cousin to malts you should think again. One particular blend we are happy to endorse is The Tweeddale Blend, which we first tried at Glasgow’s Whisky Festival last November. It’s a recreation of an old recipe discover by its creator’s Grandson in a book passed down through the family.
Our ethos is promoting the better quality drinks out there that you generally won’t find in your local supermarket. This is one such dram and we have put the whisky into three Glasgow bars to help spread the word. You can now buy a nip of The Tweeddale Blend at Bon Accord, MacSorley’s and The Pot Still. Give it a go and never again think that blends are not worthy of your attention. We will of course be stocking this in our shop when we open in May.
For more info see: www.stonedean.co.uk