In my previous articles for Inside Morpeth I have largely written about the “Grape” part of Grape and Grain. In this piece, we are going to focus on the latter with a look at the wonderful world of whisky.

Recent visitors to G&G will have noticed that our range is growing as we seek to be the place to come for whisky in the North East. You will see a few familiar names including Dalmore, Tomatin, Glenfarclus, Tullibardine, and Benromach.  

However, if I were to say Isle of Raasay, Lochlea, Ardnamurchan, Nc’Nean, Filey Bay, whisky may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But I can assure you, one day it will be. These are some of the new emerging distilleries who are very much making waves in the industry and are all available at Grape and Grape.

Unlike thirty years ago, when distilleries were closing and the industry was in decline, new distilleries are popping up and thriving. Not just north of the border in Scotland, but in England, Wales, and close to home with the new Ad Gefrin Distillery in Wooler.

We’re all about building relations with the producers of our whiskies and truly getting to know the people and the story behind the products. We are delighted to be able to work closely with these emerging distilleries and the support we get in return really helps us spread the word of their excellent products. In fact, we are delighted to say that a few of them will be coming to host free tastings at G&G over the next few months.  

The guys from the Isle of Raasay Distillery (recently named Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year) are coming to us on Saturday 7th October. Open to try will be their excellent Single Malt (£56.00). Lightly peated and incredibly elegantTomatin will be joining us on Saturday 11th November . Amongst our range is Tomatin 12 (£45.00) which is great value for a soft, approachable, yet complex whisky.

Also, we will be welcoming the producers Yorkshire’s first Single Malt on Saturday 4th November when Filey Bay comes to G&G. Now, I must admit we were not sure how a Yorkshire Single Malt would go down with our customers. However, I am delighted to say it has been a roaring success. The reason? Well, because when people try it, they get to see what a top-quality product it is. A must is the Flagship (£55.00). Fruity and floral. A dram to simply sit back and enjoy.

Not only that, but we are looking forward to stocking new releases and unique bottlings, including the hotly anticipated Isle of Harris whisky- which is due in October this year. Keep an eye on our social media and website for further details.

So come to Grape and Grain and we’ll be more than happy to help you broaden your horizons and to discover these stars of the future!