IHEARTWHISKY Fudge is One…

Sooooo…  iheartwhisky is officially one year old today (7th April 2018.)

And what a year its been, and its been a good one too. I’ve loved every minute. What started of as a “can I?” has turned into an “I am!!” and that makes me smile.

I’ve not only been selling to family and friends, but I’ve been invited to festivals and a fair too… and all I can say is thank you for your custom (and hashtag Geordie)).

However, there are some people I’d like to say an extra special thanks to. They’ve had my back, they’ve stood bedside me, they’ve encouraged me to be brave and helped me carry on. They’ve seen me sparkle when I start to talk about my passion and not once let me down.

So, here we go:

Elton…thanks for listening and for your feedback, encouragement and tasting notes and saying way back when to “go for it”.

Sorren…thank you so so much for your support and guidance…and for all your help, advice and humour, and “nom nom it’s all gone!! too, which is now part of the packaging of course…

Now the “other” Dave. Guv’nor…you’ve always RT and tweeted your fudge pics, thank you also for your support and backing.

Lovely kind Jeannine…thank you for your lovely tweets and your friendship. You’ve given me some wonderful support and opportunities.

Ant and Dec…stop speaking with your mouths full, but do keep enjoying the fudge 🙂

Graham and Fay, thank you for the opportunities you gave me last year. I thoroughly enjoyed them.

Colin (Dunn)… thank you for your help and humour, and for what we were able to do at Newcastle and Stourbridge because of it. And Adrian from Claxton’s too. Thank you for your support also.

Eddie and Amanda, being able to bring my whisky fudge to your festivals has really helped me to move forward too…

Lastly, John (jwbassman_) who assisted in bringing my scribbled designs to life in the shape of business cards and then when the idea of the banner was born.

Sarah x

PS…If I have missed anyone out, please know it’s not intententional.

Would the Real Dave Please Stand Up! Hairlarious…

Well now it’s been a little while since I graced you all with my words and thoughts, and seeing as I’ve got a few hours to spare before I fly away home, I thought I’d put my thumbs to good use. And now I’m catching up and properly finishing it off…

So, what’s been happening? Well I’ve had two fun weekends away and a lovely tasting in between.

Last weekend saw me in Newcastle at the other side of the table… yes I was selling whisky fudge and serving some whisky on the iheartwhisky stand along with the help of Sorren (ocdwhisky) and the kindness of Adrian (Claxton’s) and the ever so funny and lovely Colin Dunn (Talisker.) Thanks again to you all…. you really have helped make it even better than it already was.

Fine drams were poured, the Talisker 10 year old alongside Claxton’s Glentauchers 20 year and an 11 year old Linkwood as well as some Glen Moray whisky we we had both supplied ourselves. What a thirsty bunch!

As you’re all probably aware, I have attended festivals with fudge before now, squeezing in to a little space here and there…but this time, well this time was bigger. So what was new? The banner was new…a few discussions and ideas were thought out before I went ahead and ordered one. I think this definitely helped people to locate the table…after all my boxes are small even though they are filled with lovely treats so it was to draw people in.

A not too early start on the Saturday (I came down the day before) saw me travelling a short distance to the Civic Centre, and thanks to Guy my table was alongside Talisker and as a bonus I had Murray McDavid on the other side…what a treat! So I quickly set up while the faces of friends started to appear to do the exact same thing. All too soon it was time for the doors to open to waiting whisky fans who it has to be said on the whole were a lovely bunch. A lot of fudge was sold and sampled with the benefit of having Talisker on the neighbouring table with David (and later Sorren.)

It was handy Talisker were next door so people were able to try the Talisker 10 fudge along with the whisky. People also enjoyed the Glen Moray Elgin Classic and Elgin Classic Sherry Cask Finish along with the matching fudge. It was great to talk about why I do what I do as well as also meeting new people, and this is a big part of why I do it too.

It was lovely to meet some new people, Derek Custer and his Dad. Then Scott Munro too, and yes there were a few more…and apologies to the person who followed me and was instantly faced with my Policeman’s helmet tweet… Ha ha.

Who else did I say hello to? Ben ‘adramaday’ Bowers, Ant and Dec (Andy & Stu aka This Is My Dram), Alex (Mackmyra), David & Wendy (whiskeytumblers) and Craig.

It was then time to head back North and prepare for another weekend away (the following weekend), this time to Stourbridge for The Midlands Whisky Festival. So it was get home. Make fudge, pack a suitcase and fly!

It was such a gorgeous day when I eventually got to Stourbridge, a balmy 12 degrees which was nice to sit in in the beer garden with a Glenfiddich… yum yum.

It was then time to go and find the hall so a quick nip into Nickolls & Perks pointed us in the right direction whisky and fudge in tow. It was lovely bumping into Colin (Dunn.)

So we found the table and got set up.

The evening session was great fun… the iheartwhisky sandwich was between That Boutique-y Whisky Company and Kilkerran. Lucky us.

It was a quick evening.

The Saturday session was soon upon us, so it was breakfast, grab more fudge and head back to the hall. Not sure what happened to Sorren, was it too much Talisker the weekend before? Was it a full moon? Or had Dave suggested he needed a beard to work on the Boutique-y stand? Probably the latter, however it was hairlarious… I even bought emergency olives in order to find out which one was which?

Saturday was hectic. Lots of people as well as some delicious whisky discoveries too. I managed to buy a couple of bottles from the samples I tried from That Boutique-y Whisky Company so I was pleased about that. I also toyed with buying the Douglas Laing XOP Invergordon 51 year old….

Saw some familiar faces dotting about too. It was great to meet David and Jerome (Nickolls & Perks) Andy Watts (@thewhiskymaker) all the way from SA. Graham Ward too and thank you so much for the samples, hope you enjoy the Claxton’s Glenrothes 1997!

Mark from Malt Review, Edward Milner. Andy Purslow. The lovely Eddie Mullen and Matt… and Neil Rowley too.

Sadly all too soon it was time to say farewell… and wish everyone safe journeys home in the snow.

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by and laughed and chatted and bought fudge. Those that supported me… thank you, you helped make this possible.

This only begs one question?

When’s the next one?

Say it with Something Sweet on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming…

This is a chance to show you care, say “I love you”, or just to share a little something sweet with someone special. What better way to show you care than gifting them some delicious whisky fudge that comes in a lovely box with hearts all over it?

As I have rather a soft spot for the GlenDronach distillery and some of you have a fondness for something a little smokey I will be making the following whisky fudge:

GlenDronach Cask Strength – Batch 5

Caol Ila – 12 Year Old

Fudge will be posted out on Friday 9th February, and please remember I can only sell in the UK amd EU.


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!!”….

Boxes are £5.50 per 200g box, plus p+p (normally £3.90 up to two boxes…I will let you know the cost directly should you order more.)

Order Form: https://goo.gl/forms/9u8OkoHkNZAyAKZH3

Flipping Heck it’s Fudge Time!!

Hello!

Happy New Year…

I think its time to get fudging for 2018, I will be making fudge on Sunday 21st January, so if you would like some in time for Burns Night (I will post it Monday 22nd), you know what to do… any new customers, please note I can only sell in the UK and EU and please make allowances for postage should you live overseas.

The whiskies will be:

Aberlour A’bunadh – Batch 61

GlenDronach Cask Strength – Batch 5

Caol Ila – 12 Year Old


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!!”….

Boxes are £5.50 per 200g box, plus p+p (normally £3.90 up to two boxes…I will let you know the cost directly should you order more.)

Order Form: https://goo.gl/forms/9u8OkoHkNZAyAKZH3

 

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 🙂

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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 🙂 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…(click on the link)  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 🙂

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. 

 

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 🙂 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 old 

Glen Moray Elgin Classic – Sherry Cask Finish

Costs are £5.00 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 🙂