Distillery aims to keep spirits high on Valentine’s Day

Hannah Young, left, and Emma Hall at the virtual Gingle Bells night.

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Love is in the air, but so is coronavirus, so the team at Beinn an Tuirc Distillers have come up with a novel way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day this year.

And so popular was the idea that tickets for the Valentine’s Day virtual cocktail evening sold out in a day.

So, are people getting more romantic this lockdown or is everyone just taking any excuse to turn to drink? The Courier asked Emma Macalister Hall and Hannah Young, who host the Beinn an Tuirc themed nights what they thought.

‘We think people just want to get together in an informal way and have a laugh,’ said Emma.

‘People join in wearing their joggers or jammies and we have a few drinks, play some games and have some banter. It’s as simple as that.’

Following on from the equally popular Gingle Bells and January Blues nights, the next offering will take place on Friday February 12 and will be loosely themed around Valentine’s Day.

Producers of the highly acclaimed Kintyre Gin, Beinn an Tuirc Distillers will introduce the Love Potion, Bramble Berry and Raspberry Espresso to the mix.

Love Potion.

‘We hosted a total of 224 screens on our Zoom tastings last year and have loved every minute. It’s not just about having a good nosey into other people’s living rooms, it’s also about meeting their lovely pets and having a good old chat about our favourite subject – Kintyre Gin,’ added Hannah.

Bramble Berry.

The virtual tastings are hosted on Zoom and usually last one-and-a-half to two hours with a guided tasting of three products. Private virtual tastings are for a minimum of six attendees, and usually a maximum of 20, while themed nights can be anything up to 25.

‘Anymore than that and it gets a bit crushed on the screens,’ said Emma. ‘The variety of people we have on is great too. We have folk joining from all over the country and beyond.

‘People who have never met each other are enjoying a wee tipple together and join in our games which include bingo and quizzes.

‘Hannah and I join in for an hour or two and then leave and let everyone get on with it, some folk stay and chat until the wee small hours.’

Next up for the team is a Mother’s Day get together.

Raspberry Espresso.