So much more than a whisky shop
Some people know it as A. D. Rattray, others simply call it ‘The Whisky Shop’. However you choose to describe it, this boutique store has always been known for its whisky.
But there is so much more to this wee gem of a shop than a certain Scottish spirit. Did you know, for example, that they also stock a large selection of gin, rum, vodka, wine and beer as well as local cider, salts, tea and coffee?
Founded in 1868 by Mr Andrew Dewar Rattray, it began life as a grocery store supplying wines, spirits and olive oil. Later, it specialised in blending and maturing malt and grain whiskies.
Selling whisky from Highland Malt Distilleries to publicans, merchants and blending houses, the company built up an impressive distribution network. Its horse-drawn carts were a familiar sight in the late 1800s. It also kept bars flowing with whisky during World War II, despite the introduction of strict rationing.
Fast forward to 2011 and A. D. Rattray Whisky Shop opened in the old school of Kirkoswald, building on its reputation for top quality whiskies and selling everything from House Malt (bottled exclusively for its whisky shop) to a Vintage Cask Collection (rare and exquisite whiskies from Scotland’s most respected distilleries).
Understandably, visitors to South Ayrshire soon identified A. D. Rattray as a top tourist attraction and it remains a firm favourite with holidaymakers, not just for its whisky, but also for its old-fashioned customer service.
Throughout the years, first-class service has remained a priority. Not only do customers receive advice and recommendations, they also get to hear the stories behind the products. Whether it’s a tale of foraging for botanicals or harvesting seaweed, the team at A. D. Rattray is committed to connecting its products with its customers, both locals and visitors alike.
Going back to its grocery roots, A. D. Rattray now supplies an impressive range of local produce from independent producers making it the ideal food and drink destination. Popular with foodies as well as those partial to whisky and wine, it strives to satisfy the demands of its food and beverage clientele.
Produce includes (but is not limited to) Blackthorn Salt, Rocket Monkey Roastery Coffee, Ayrshire Riviera Cider, Wooleys of Arran Oatcakes, Hawkhead Whisky Smoked Cashews, Galloway Lodge Chutneys and Jams, and Hills & Harbour Gin and Vodka. You will also find Havana Cigars, French, Italian and Spanish Wines as well as books and accessories and the instantly recognisable Harris Gin.
A new gift hamper service has also been introduced, not only perfect for gifts but also as welcome packs for holiday accommodation.
And let’s not forget the tasting sessions! A new tasting area has been added within the shop for the informal sampling of whiskies and other spirits. Free pop-events take place every month giving customers the opportunity to sample offerings from the likes of Ayr Brewing Company, Lochlea Distillery and Rum Bothy.
Having recently retained its 5 Star award status from Visit Scotland, the team at A. D. Rattray is ready to offer a unique shopping experience for local food lovers and tourists looking to find authentic Scottish food and drink.
What are you waiting for?
You will find A. D. Rattray at 32 Main Road, Kirkoswald. For opening times and other information, visit www.adrattray.com.