Spencerfield Spirit

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August 5, 2011 – 2:47 pm by Jane

It’s been a hectic few weeks here at Spencerfield with lots of summer shows and events keeping us all very busy. In the last few weeks we have been to Hopetoun Horse Trials, Turriff Show, Cartmel Show, the CLA Game Fayre and the East of England Show. It’s great to get out on the road and meet all our lovely customers. Here is a pic of our stand (and the lovely Hattie!) at Hopetoun Horse Trials last week.

Hattie and the Spencerfield Spirit stand at Hopetoun Horse Trials July 2011

In other news we have received a further two awards for our Edinburgh Gin - The International Wine & Spirits Competition honoured us with a brilliant Silver Award.

And here is a picture of the actual certificate!

Furthermore The Guild of Fine Food awarded Edinburgh Gin an impressive two Gold Stars.

August is a great month – (hopefully) good weather and of course the Edinburgh Festival. We are looking forward to some great events during the Edinburgh Festival;  watch this space for some more information.

Don’t forget you can also follow us on twitter @Edinburgh_Gin / @sheep_dip or join our groups on Facebook (Sheep Dip Fold / Pig’s Nose Drove / Edinburgh Gin) for regular updates on all the madness happening at Spencerfield!

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the good weather

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May 12, 2011 – 11:39 am by Jane

Sheep Dip ‘Old Hebridean’ 1990 has been awarded a near perfect 94 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2011 :) :

‘”Nose: every aspect has the buoyancy of an anchor, the subtlety of Hebridean winter winds. Thick peat offering both smoke and a kippery saltness is embraced by honey; Taste: big, weighty delivery with an immediate spice and honey delivery; a butterscotch barley theme appears and vanishes like a small fishing craft in mountainous waves; Finish: that honey keeps the pace and length while a beautiful red liquorice beefs up the vanilla; Overall balance and complexity: you honey!! Now, that’s what I call a whisky!!!”

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2011

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February 23, 2011 – 4:45 pm by Jane

On Sunday 13th February 2011 the first Edinburgh Gin Cocktail competition was held at The HydeOut bar, Edinburgh http://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/HydeOutEdin. Competing mixologists were set the challenge of creating an Edinburgh Gin based cocktail.  Judges Iain McPherson (The Voodoo Rooms), Martin Duffy (56 North) and Ed Baird (Emporia Brands) selected Dean Evan’s creation, the ‘Midgie Bite’, as the winner.  We were really pleased with how the competition turned out. Having received a lot of positive feedback from competitors, judges and spectators, we hope to hold more EG cocktail competitions in future . . . so keep your eyes open!  :)

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1st Dean Evans, Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn

2nd David Smillie, The Blythswood Hotel

3rd Cailin McGregor, Bond No.9

Big thanks to all the competitors, judges and spectators for making it such a great afternoon :)


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February 8, 2011 – 3:35 pm by Jane

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January 31, 2011 – 4:48 pm by Jane

Late last year Alex and I were invited to dine at Eilean Donan Castle, as part of Panalba’s ‘Castle Kitchens’ series: http://www.panalba.com/articles/view/p/castle-kitchens/ . Watch out for Spencerfield’s Morris (Minor) in Part 1 and Sheep Dip Old Hebridean in part 4! :)

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January 26, 2011 – 4:45 pm by Jane

Happy Australia Day!

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January 25, 2011 – 10:59 am by Jane

Alison Craig

An established presenter, writer and columnist Alison has worked full-time in the media for over 20 years.

She is a Sony Award winning radio broadcaster,  has hosted TV series, radio shows and is a full-time voice over artist.

Alison’s first novel The Nappy Years was a top ten best sellers in Scotland and  her next book is imminent!

Oh and she loves Gin – especially our wee Edinburgh Gin !!!!

Now Read Her Gin Blog

by Alison on Tuesday 18th Jan 2011 – View Comments in Day-to-day

Edinburgh Gin – my new best friend.

I have never made any secret of the fact I love gin. LOVE IT.

The mere thought of a tumbler full of ice, a slice of lemon run round the rim of the glass then plopped in, a generous slug of gin then up to the top with tonic is something I can seldom resist.

Perfect way to start an evening, before a meal, at a party and even dare I admit (?) )yeh what the hell – a sprakling kick in the rump for lunch the day after a late night. Now being long in tooth – not that long longish – I have tasted a fair number of the years. All the expected brands and some  not so. I have never found one I didn’t like and I have found many I love but I am sorry to all previous encumbents of the accolade favourite gin of the moment I have simply fallen hook, lemon and sinker for a delicious gin a friend gave me at Christmas. The best gin in the universe?

The flavour is unlike anything I have ever had, fresh and light with an almost herbal waft – it’s not easy to describe but so excited was I on first impact I made everyone who came into our house have one – with the exception of children, animals and one parrot.  I feel it is my duty as a gin lover to share with you the discovery that may well set you ont he road to Mothers ruin too. Heather, milk thistle & juniper – sock it to me. Of course milk thistle is the herb which is good for the liver so  maybe that is why it gives me an immense sense of wellbeing just hinking about it let alone drinking it.

Here it is. Edinburgh Gin. I know I live in Edinburgh but frankly even if I lived in Paraquay this would be my favourite gin in the world. Now lick you lips and off you go

The mere sight of it has me lunging at a lemon

An Introduction to Edinburgh Gin

In 1777 there were eight licensed distilleries and almost 400 illegal stills in Edinburgh and the Port of Leith.  As gin rose to become the fashionable spirit, Edinburgh distillers, like their London counterparts, produced gin from locally sourced ingredients. Then juniper berries, spices and citrus fruits arrived daily in Leith from all over the world. These exotic ‘botanicals’ were redistilled or ‘ rectified’ together with the finest Scottish grain spirit in the time honoured fashion. Edinburgh Gin is a reminder of the days when Edinburgh was a centre of distilling expertise. It is batch distilled in “Jenny” a much treasured Scottish copper pot still using traditional gin botanicals. Then we add extra Scottish Juniper as well as heather and milk thistle. Edinburgh Gin’s clean citrus notes and aromatic Juniper make it the perfect base for a Gin and Tonic or Martini, not to mention many of the classic gin cocktails.

What makes Edinburgh Gin Special?

  • Produced using traditional methods and botanicals in Edinburgh, Edinburgh Gin returns Edinburgh to its rightful place as a centre for producing quality gin.
  • Distilled in Jenny, a Scottish Copper Pot Still.
  • Rectified together with the finest grain spirit with Scottish Botanicals such as juniper berries, milk thistle, pine and heather using a recipe that faithfully replicates gin made in Edinburgh 250 years ago.
  • Edinburgh Gin is produced in small batch quantities ensuring that only the finest quality ingredients are used to produce a refreshing, clean, crisp gin.
  • 43% ABV not 37.5% ABV ensuring Edinburgh Gin’s premium status.
  • The 1920’s are known as gin’s truly Golden era and in keeping with that theme, the bottle packaging has an art deco feel that reflects this wonderful period of cocktail parties and drinking sophistication.

I promise I am not on commission! Just IN LOVE.

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January 24, 2011 – 1:24 pm by Jane

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January 20, 2011 – 3:12 pm by Jane

Mog’s Meg 75

  • 25ml Edinburgh Gin
  • 12.5ml St. Germain
  • 5ml gomme
  • ½ kiwi
  • 100ml Prosecco

Deskin and chop the Kiwi, and muddle in a Boston Glass.

Add Edinburgh Gin, St.Germain, gomme and shake well.

Double strain and top with prosecco followed by a quick stir.

For more Edinburgh Gin cocktails check out www.theskinny.co.uk

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January 20, 2011 – 1:38 pm by Jane

Pig’s Nose Whisky Sauce

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of Pig’s Nose Whisky
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of wholegrain mustard
  • 300mldouble cream
  • Salt
  • Ground white pepper
  • Fresh parsley
  1. In a saucepan, add the whisky over high heat.  If on a gas hob, tilt slightly to set the whisky alight (be careful!) to burn off the alcohol.
  2. Once the flames have gone out, add the cream and mustard and stir.  Reduce heat to medium low and simmer till the sauce has been reduced by half, or to your desired consistency.  (You can always add a bit of stock if the sauce has gone too thick).  Season to taste with salt and white pepper, then finish with a small handful of chopped fresh parsley if desired. . . . .Yum :)

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