It was fun on the Ivy Style Facebook page in honor of St. Andrew’s day and celebrating the tartans and kilts from Scottish culture that have influenced Ivy styles (with dignity, honor and distinction that -our conversations realized- does not appropriate the Scots). All of that hoopla inspired me to share some big news from my favorite Scottish client, Gleneagles in Perthshire. This elegant resort hotel set in 840 lush acres is in a category of its own in terms of Ivy Hospitality. To make it easier to pack for the Highlands, they offer a guest loaner program to ensure you are properly outfitted for the outdoor pursuits for which they are so known. This includes a wide selection of Barbour waterproof jackets in every size (including children’s sizes) that are available for you to wear complimentary during your stay. They also loan Hunter boots (“Wellies”) in all sizes for the variable weather conditions. Of course, their Equestrian Center has a marvelous shop if you fall in love with Barbour (you will) and want to purchase some wardrobe additions for permanent use.
Certainly, leisure in Scotland is only complete with golf and Gleneagles offers three courses. The King’s and Queen’s Courses celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2019, and those aren’t just cutesy names they toss around, the Royals frequent the Gleneagles. Will & Kate were there not long ago for a celebration, but Bing Crosby and Sir Sean Connery have also played these courses and all of the above are royal to this American. As part of the centenary celebration of the courses which were built with a horse, a cart and the design of James Braid, all members experienced play with a full hickory set of clubs and dressed in period attire. Which brings me to the news I am sharing with you today- I would buy whiskey from gentlemen dressed liked this:
In September of this year, Gleneagles announced a collaboration with Glenturret creating their very own bespoke whiskey. Established in 1763, Glenturret is lauded as the “oldest working distillery” in Scotland and happens to be just down the road from the famed resort. My neighbors and I never cooperated enough to create a single-malt scotch but I am glad these two neighbors did. Described as embodying “exceptional quality and unstuffy luxury,” this limited hand-numbered edition will make only 750 bottles per year, over the next five years. Aged eleven years already, it is said to land on your palate with, “sweet tasting notes of toffee, cinnamon and vanilla alongside aromatic flavours of dark spice, rich fruit cake and warm ginger, reminiscent of fireside evenings at Gleneagles.” I thought that it sounded like just the thing readers of this site might like to sip now that winter is descending and the cozy holiday times have begun but if you prefer to jump the puddle and enjoy it in its natural environment, Gleneagles has a whiskey bar called The Blue Bar which offers a wide selection of Cuban cigars to pair with whatever is in your snifter around the circular firepit (they offer thick throw blankets for your lap to keep it snuggly). Blue is so named as an opulent showcase for Johnnie Walker Blue label if you didn’t already guess. When you are there, you can purchase a bottle to bring back for me at their whiskey boutique called The Still Room which sells over 200 rare and independent labels of liquid gold.
Gleneagles web site is great for more information. There is also a terrific article there spotlighting a Gleneagles club member about Men’s Mental Health for International Men’s Day which was in November. Andy’s Man Club meets weekly at Gleneagles with complimentary beverages and why isn’t that something else we can import/appropriate from abroad?
– Maura McMahon
Maura is a seasoned hospitality professional who understands that what separates food from cuisine is that the latter includes careful consideration of tradition, culture and innovation that respects both. She suspects that there is Ivy style in food & beverage that you can taste.