Now, I have so far resisted writing a blog post to flog my own products however I have had a burst of efficiency of late and managed to create not only a new product line but also a dedicated Whisky Impressions facebook page so I felt I was justified in sharing this with you!
So, first things first, the new arrival. I initially had the idea of doing a Cask End T-Shirt for different distilleries but then I thought it would be much more fun if the T-Shirt could be personalised, giving you lovely people the chance to own a completely unique design, with your own personal information making up the Cask End. There were a few logistic wrinkles to sort out first (like how to get round minimum order quantities) but I am pleased to say that I’m now up and running!
Here are some designs to give you an idea of the type of thing that you could get;
But you don’t need to stop there. It would make a fantastic anniversary present (particularly for a 2nd wedding anniversary, which is traditionally a gift made of cotton) Or you could get one to promote your whisky club, blog, festival, website, trip, distillery (any Visitor Centre managers reading this?) etc. The only limit is your imagination… well, and a few technical considerations. Firstly and most importantly, please be sensible with the number of characters in each line - I can only fit so much in! Secondly, the characters must be from the roman alphabet and I’m afraid certain symbols, special characters and accents may not be available.
Since the t-shirt will be to your own specifications, I will of course email you a proof for approval before printing. The lead time will be a bit longer than usual because they are printed to order but I expect to be able to dispatch in within around 14 days. As with all other products on my website, the price includes free worldwide postage. T-Shirts are available in Men's/Unisex and Ladies' fit, in a wide range of colours and in sizes S - XXL. Should you happen to be looking for 25 or more t-shirts of the same design, please give me a shout before you order as I may be able to offer you a reduced rate!
Now, if you were paying attention, I mentioned at the top of the post that I also have a new Facebook page. So, to celebrate this milestone I am offering one lucky person the chance to win their very own personalised cask end t-shirt, completely free of charge. All you need to do is like my facebook page, and share the competition post by midnight tomorrow (Wed 2nd Sept, midnight UK time) to be in with a chance to win! Winner will be drawn at random and I’ll get in touch afterwards via facebook to discuss their t-shirt requirements!
Good luck everyone! And if you don’t win, you can always console yourself by buying one!
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.