I love these photo blocks by Campbeltown photographer Will Anderson - I spotted them when I was in the Campbeltown Cadenhead's Whisky Shop the other day and was very jealous I hadn't thought of it first! (Mind you, my photography skills are not quite up to Will's standard so probably just as well it was him that thought of it and not me.)
They're made using bits of an old Springbank washback and (unused) bungcloths which gives them a really nice chunky, rustic style. It's great to see bits of old distillery kit being given a new lease of life - some of the washback has also been used for shelving and displays in the recently expanded whisky shop. Lot of wood in a washback though so I wonder where else we're going to see it pop up - will keep you posted if I spot it in any other incarnations!
I love this time of year - the build up to Christmas is well under way and everywhere is looking very festive with more Christmas lights and decorations appearing every day (when you can see them through the lashing rain/hail/sleet anyway!).
So, to get into the Christmas spirit, here are some ideas for some whisky/drink related Christmas decorations.
Now I don’t know about you, but in our house we go through a lot of wine. For some inexplicable reason we started chucking the corks into a big bowl in the living room rather than in the bin. Not sure why but it did result in us building up a bit of a cork mountain. What to do with them all? Just throwing them away didn't seem right so I decided to thread some onto ribbons to make Christmas tree garlands out of them, as you do. Now obviously I am a bit biased but I think they look pretty good hanging on the tree. As I mentioned though, we do go through a lot of wine, and there’s only so many cork garlands you can fit on one tree so we do have a bit of a surplus of cork garlands now! Any takers? I can always add some to the webshop…
My absolute favourite bit of whisky themed Christmas recycling/upcycling of recent years though has got to be the Jack Daniels barrel Christmas tree. (Have you seen the advert?) I want one! Sadly we don’t have a big enough garden or I would be round at Springbank trying to scrounge enough empty casks to build one for myself! … Maybe a tad excessive but hey, it’s Christmas!
Whisky Impressions is run by Kate Watt. Previously at Springbank and then Glenfarclas, I now design some whisky related stuff and write about it, and anything else that takes my fancy, on this blog.