September has launched us into the busy period that is the lead up to Christmas and the imminent release of our new brands Raasay and Borders.
In ambitions to get Raasay While We Wait single malt and Borders single grain on as many shelves as possible for your whisky-drinking pleasure, we’ve taken R&B on the road, here’s where so far…
From 16-19 September The Tweeddale and news of our Raasay and Borders releases took the 7 hour flight to Dubai for the To the Table event. Here, decision makers in the food and beverage industry come together for a variety of meetings, seminars, and networking to see what’s new, or developing on the market.
We were represented by our Export Manager of a Scottish Development International (SDI) collaborative group with Braehead Foods, which includes a number of other Scottish producers with ambitions to hit the world stage in a big way.
Our friends in this collaborative effort include:
- Cairngorm Brewery
- Taste of Arran
- Bute Island Foods
- Macleans Highland Bakery
- Hebridean Sea Salt
- Mara Seaweed
- Plan Bee
- The Scottish Salmon Company
- Summer Harvest
Just a week later our Edinburgh-based R&B team headed off down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the 2nd birthday of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association – a group we’re proud to be a part of.
We showcased The Tweeddale as an insight into our heritage and origins and talked up a storm about our plans for Raasay and the Borders. We even had interim cask samples of Raasay While We Wait and Borders single grain for a lucky few to try.
The Scottish Craft Distillers Association includes:
- Arbikie Distilling
- Crossbill Highland Distilling
- Dark Matter Distillers
- Dunnet Bay Distillers
- Eden Mill Distillery and Brewery
- Edinburgh Whisky
- Glasgow Distillery Company
- Kingsbarns Distillery
- Ogilvy Spirits
- Strathearn Distillery
- Strathleven Distillers Co
- Summerhall Distillery
- The Shetland Distillery Company
- The Spencerfield Spirit Company
We’re not yet back from the city of love – whisky love – Paris. We touched down in one of the most famous capital cities in the world and the third highest consuming country of whisky on Saturday and were off on Sunday to Whisky Live hosted by Maison du Whisky.
We walked into the ‘Work-in-progress’ section where new distilleries including Glasgow Whisky Company and Cotswolds Distillery were offering a taste of what’s to come from their own production. There was an impressive array of whiskies, rums, gins, and Cognac at this huge show. It didn’t hurt that the weather was 19 degrees and sunny – a stark contrast to Scotland just now.