Pitmedden Whiskey Shop 5 Star Toast to National Tourism

Craig Milne (Director of Operations, Still Spirit), David Jackson (Regional Manager, VisitScotland) and Daniel Milne (General Manager, Still Spirit).

Still Spirit – located on the outskirts of Pitmedden, near Ellon, and part of Whiskey Hammer, one of the world’s leading online whiskey auction houses – has been awarded the organization’s 5 Star Tourist Shop award National Tourism Board, although he only joined the QA program in August. 2021. It is one of only three 5* tourist shops in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Staff moved into the store, which also has an online presence, in September 2020, although due to the pandemic it did not open properly until early 2021.

For 12 months, Still Spirit has been offering private and public tastings to suit all budgets and party sizes, attended by brand ambassadors and whiskey experts.

Sessions included a collaboration with Meat Monsters smokehouse in Ellon, with traditional Speyside Benromach malt paired with five different smokehouse meats.

A small space set up outside the store allows customers to enjoy a drink in the surrounding countryside on a summer evening.

A new warehouse is being developed on the site which will house 2,000 casks of whisky, which will be ready for purchase by the end of the year.

With visitors coming from as far away as India and Hong Kong, this means they can see the warehouse, taste the whiskey and buy a bottle or cask straight from the warehouse.

The shop sells a wide variety of whiskeys from across Scotland as well as other fine spirits including gin, rum, vodka and tequila. In the fully stocked take-out bar you will find old and rare drams.

VisitScotland’s quality assurance program has been updated in line with the changing landscape and in consultation with industry, to continue to provide a reliable, relevant and unbiased source of information for visitors and businesses alike participants.

Daniel Milne, Managing Director of Still Spirit, said: “Receiving such a high ranking in such a short time is a fantastic achievement.

“We have built a wonderful and knowledgeable team at Still Spirit whose passion for creating a quality destination for whiskey lovers takes visitors on a journey of far and wide.

“As a relatively young company, we are always looking for ways to improve our offer and give customers the best possible experience in store and in our beer bar.

“VisitScotland’s 5-star rating is a welcome recognition that we are heading in the right direction as a business and helping to strengthen tourism in the region in the process.”

David Jackson, VisitScotland Regional Manager, said: “I would like to congratulate Daniel and the team at Still Spirit on their well-deserved success. They provide world-class boutique tourism, which is reflected in their 5-star pricing.

For more details visit www.stillspirit.co.uk or @stillspiritudny on Instagram.

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