Our Philosophy

For me the whisky has evolved far beyond being a hobby, it is now a full blown love affair! Oh yes, marriage contracts and business agreements have been signed binding us together for many years to come.

But where did this life changing experience begin? As with all of you in the profound individualistic experience of the dram! The derivation of the gaelic “uisge beatha” (water of life) expresses the multitudinous depth of value this spirit holds, and with something that holds great value comes great power. Oh, and does the “uisge beatha” hold power? Yes it does, it has the power to bring abundant joy – to bring you to the panacea of pleasure – but also the diametric opposite having the ruinous strength to wreck lives completely. Each and every one of us must therefore treat whisky with the respect it deserves!

That is why we at Spirit of Alba will always advise you to be careful, drink responsibly, drink for enjoyment, don’t drink to forget! But always know the facts before you drink.

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“The proper drinking of Scotch Whisky is more than indulgence: it is a toast to civilisation, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of man’s determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full senses which he has been endowed.”

DAVID DAICHES (1912-2005) SCOTTISH LITERARY HISTORIAN

 

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Spirit of Alba is an independently run family business. The company was established in 2015 in an effort to raise awareness of the exciting, interesting and innovative world of whisky. The company and its owner, Dr. Jim Hopkins, are proudly Scottish (hence the company name – ‘ALBA’ being the Gaelic name for Scotland). We hope to excel in all we do through the excellence of our products, fairness of price and reliability of service.

We wish to share with you the friendly and welcoming spirit of the Scottish people, the spirit of ‘uisge beatha” which the Scots are rightly famous for, Scotland in general as well as many other ‘spirit’ related drinks and gifts!

We primarily specialise in the retail of Scotch whisky but also offer a glorious variety of other spirits and related gifts and accessories. We seek to offer our customers unrivalled service and with a multitude of whiskies and spirits online you are certain to find that something special, be it a good offer, a collectors’ item, a limited edition bottling, perhaps even a closed or silent distillery bottling, oddities and everything in between.

Whatever you are looking for Spirit of Alba will seek to provide it with pride, with honesty, with friendliness and with reliability.

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