Scotland's Larder: New and Reviewed

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

An incredible selection of the best new food and drink products available on the market, from Eden Mill's latest premium gin range, to Smeg cookware and game changing coffee bags.

Bare Bones Chocolate – Limited Edition Salted White Chocolate

Based in Glasgow, Bare Bones Chocolate are one of the UK’s few producers who craft from bean to bar. Handcrafting the chocolate from a raw cacao bean through to a finished bar allows owners Lara and Cameron to control every step of the process. The independent chocolatiers’ latest release is a Limited Edition Salted White Chocolate. Made with natural, organic cocoa butter from the Dominican Republic, and stone ground with the finest Maldon sea-salt, and tasting notes of butterscotch, rum and raisin – this product is truly divine. White chocolate tends to be pretty divisive; however, the addition of the sea-salt here means that this release is not as sickly sweet as most other white chocolates and could prove to be popular even with those who don’t reach for it as often., £6.50

Eden Mill - Forager Gin

One of Eden Mill’s nine new premium gins, the Forager Gin is made with Scottish strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries found in hedgerows in St Andrews. Tart and jammy, pair this with your premium tonic of choice or, as recommended by Eden Mill, a raspberry lemonade. This is an excellent addition to Eden Mill’s premium gin range., £25

Old Mother Hunt Rum - Number Seven

Couple Matt and Becky Hunt started Old Mother Hunt Rum last spring in the midst of the first lockdown. When they launched, they contracted out the initial distillation of the pure white rum and then created their range of flavoured rums – Number Seven, Stiff Neck, Signature, Smokey Oak, and Winter Spiced. Number Seven has tasting notes of raisin, citrus and ginger, with a clove finish – a fantastic option to add to anyone’s spiced rum collection., £15.95 for 20cl; £35.95 for 70cl

McLean's Gin - Strathaven Hedgerow

The latest offering from Colin and Jessica McLean from their purpose-built gin lab in the charming Scottish village of Strathaven. Juniper, soft fruits, and garden herbs harmoniously intertwine with deep woody and earthy flavours. With only 1000 bottles to be released annually, you’ll have to be quick to get hold of this one., £39.95

FAFF Coffee - Coffee Bags

FAFF Coffee believe speciality coffee is for everyone, not just the AeroPress hipsters and grinder connoisseurs, but the mums on a mission, the campervanning couples and the self-described foodies with more taste than time. Alternative coffee bags available on the market usually receive two main criticisms – weak and bitter. To combat this, FAFF Coffee have doubled the size of the bag and sourced incredible speciality coffee from Finca La Pastoria in Guatemala to fill it with. FAFF Coffee bags are compostable and sustainable too. The end result is a perfect coffee without the faff. These would be ideal for long walks, picnics, and camping trips, or just a great-tasting alternative to instant coffee. FAFF Coffee Bags are also great for those who like to add flavourings to their coffee too – a splash of caramel syrup completely transforms these bags, meaning a variety of different coffee options can be created without too much effort and mess. Who needs [popular high street coffee chain] anyway?, from £11

Tom's Sauces - Blueberry Hot Sauce

Tom makes award-winning small batch Scottish hot sauce. This latest creation, made using fresh ripe blueberries crushed together with ghost peppers and lime, is a hot sauce unlike any other. Hot without overpowering the taste of the sauce itself, this is ideal in a wrap or with grilled halloumi., £5

Great Glen Charcuterie - Wild Venison Charcuterie Feast

Great Glen specialise in producing charcuteries using old wild Scottish venison. The remote landscape of the Scottish Highlands is perfect for sustainably sourcing venison from wild, well-managed herds. The Wild Venison Charcuterie Feast is great for a picnic, party, or summer BBQ. Each product is vacuum packed, has a three-month shelf life, and includes sliced smoked venison, venison bresaola, green pepper venison salami, mustard seed salami, venison & pork salami, venison chorizo, chilli venison chorizo, and venison & pork chorizo., £42.50

Scottish Bee Company - Vinegars and Shrubs

The Scottish Bee Company has launched a new alfresco summer dining range as part of their plans to expand the company’s healthy food and drink portfolio across the UK and internationally in 2021. Already well-known for their award-winning Scottish Heather Honey, the Scottish Bee Company now hopes to build on its success by diversifying into the growing craft shrub cordials and vinegars market in time for the summer BBQ picnics and alfresco dining season. Shrubs, a non-alcoholic syrup used to make soft drinks and as a mixer for cocktails, is known for adding complexity and flavour. These tangy syrups contain apple cider vinegar, renowned for its health benefits, as well as extremely concentrated fruits, sugars, and aromatics. The Scottish Bee Company’s three new shrub flavours include Strawberry and Mint, Spiced Apple and Bramble, and Raspberry and Ginger. The new vinegars, made in Aberdeenshire, have been designed to showcase a taste of Scotland, bringing some fruitiness to roasted vegetables, sharpness to salads, or used as a marinade. The three new flavours are Strawberry and Peppercorn, Raspberry and Thyme, and Bramble and Sage. All the fruit used to make the vinegars are pollinated by the Scottish Bee Company’s own bees in Aberdeenshire., £6.25 individually; £16 for the collection

Magnum Liqueur

Crafted and bottled in Edinburgh, Magnum has quickly established itself as Scotland’s answer to Baileys. Magnum’s superior ingredients and contemporary design have set it apart from traditional liqueurs as a fusion of only single malt Scotch whisky and cream. Contained in a unique, stainless steel flask, which is designed to be reusable and recyclable, the innovative packaging also keeps the liqueur chilled at the optimum temperature without the need for ice. Magnum’s smooth, creamy caramel notes play off single malt Scotch whisky for a balanced taste with a warming ginger afterglow., £19.95 70cl

Thule Ventus – Salt Cod Pate

Thule Ventus are Shetland-based makers of award-winning salt fish that is salted and air dried, using the same methods that have been used on the island for hundreds of years. Only cod landed by local boats and caught from the pure waters around the Shetland Islands is used.

For centuries, Shetland was known as the source of the best salt cod in the world. Thule Ventus’ mission is to restore Shetland’s reputation as being the ultimate salt cod producers, known historically as ‘The Shetland Catch’.

Winner of a Great Taste Gold Star award and two more awards at the inaugural Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards, the pate combines Thule Ventus’ salt cod with Aberdeenshire’s Ola Oils cold pressed rapeseed oil, and Shetland Farm Dairies’ live-culture buttermilk to create a pate that is packed with both flavour and provenance. Salt cod pate is a common dish in France, often referred to as brandade de morue, but using locally sourced ingredients give Thule Ventus’ version a deliciously rich and moreish edge, and the live culture buttermilk also makes it pro-biotic.

Salt Cod Pate can be served on toasted sourdough, or with oatcakes, breadsticks and as a dip., £5.99

SMEG – Cookware

Iconic Italian cooking brand Smeg, synonymous with its beautifully designed retro fridges and cooking appliances, recently launched their first ever cookware line. Comprising of frying pans, a wok, and casserole dishes – these are must-haves in any kitchen. The new cookware line embodies Smeg’s signature 50s look, and demonstrates Smeg’s commitment to high-quality kitchen ware. Crafted using cold forged aluminium, a perfectly thickened bottom and stainless steel plate, this guarantees uniform heat distribution. All items in the range feature an essential non-stick primer coating too. Available in three slick colours – a classic matte black, striking matte red, and a matte cream – with stainless steel accents, Smeg’s new cookware range slots seamlessly into any kitchen as an essential yet stylish addition., £99.95-£189

Hebridean Mustard Company – Mustheb Garlic Galore

Mustheb is an artisan mustard, handmade in small batches on the Isle of Harris with high quality ingredients. The hardneck porcelain garlic from the Really Garlicky Company in Nairn in the Scottish Highlands used here gives this mustard a 'true' garlic flavour, and it doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste that some other varieties can have. It pairs well with lamb, pork, and chicken, as well as grilled vegetables and salads., £6.50

Harviestoun – Beers & Lagers

Based at Alva, near Stirling, Harviestoun is one of Scotland’s most awarded breweries and is a pioneering producer of nine high-quality craft beers and lagers, including its most famous, Schiehallion pilsner, named after a well-known mountain in Perthshire. The nine products Harviestoun make include two craft lagers – Forth (4%) & Schiehallion (4.8%); one golden ale – Bitter & Twisted (4.2%); two craft stouts – Old Engine Oil (6% or 4.5% on draught) and Engineers Reserve (9%); two pale ales – The Ridge (5%) & Whippet (table beer - 2.3%); one dark ale – Wheesht (0.0%), Scotland’s first alcohol-free dark ale; and one barrel-aged stout – Ola Dubh (8%).

Harviestoun’s beers are made with the soft local water and the majority of its barley is grown within eight miles of the brewery. The brewery remains steadfastly committed to using the same local ingredients, the same yeast as they always have, and they insist on the very best ingredients in their imaginative recipes which are crafted without compromise., from £12

Stag – Seaweed Cocktail Shortbread

Current flavour trends are moving more and more towards the combination of sweet and salty and these delicious Seaweed Cocktail Shortbreads are a perfectly balanced example. With a satisfying buttery sweetness offset with sea salt and seaweed, it makes for a truly different but strangely irresistible flavour profile. What could be more evocative of the Scottish Islands?, £2.65

aye pickled - Bread & Butter Pickles

These crunchy pickled cucumbers are cured for 24 hours before being pickled in a complex spice blend that leaves them wonderfully sweet and salty. It’s quite literally an award-winning combination for aye pickles. Serve them with burgers or bagels, add them to charcuterie boards or cheese platters, or even just eat them straight out of the jar – we won’t judge!, £5

STRYKK - Not Vanilla Vodka

STRYKK Not Vanilla Vodka is the first of its kind to hit the UK market. The new flavour infused with Madagascan vanilla beans, is the perfect component needed to create the UKs favourite cocktail – the Pornstar Martini. The carefully crafted distillation process is 100% natural with no sugar, no fat, and no artificial flavourings. STRYKK was the first non-alcoholic brand to replicate the flavour and attitude of the mainstream spirits, and is now once again leading from the front by introducing a non-alcoholic vanilla vodka alternative. Perfect for those not imbibing., £18

Badachro Distillery - Dancing Puffin Vodka

The Badachro Distillery on the west coast of Scotland have made their first ever craft vodka named Dancing Puffin – which makes sense, if you’re looking for puffins then the Scottish coastlines are the place to go!. This cheeky little number is copper pot distilled with the purest Highland water and filtered five times, making it super smooth. Dancing Puffin Vodka recently won the Gold Small Producer Award at the Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards 2021., £32.95

Spice Pots – Vegan Curry Kit

Spice Pots’ mission is to help people create consistently delicious curries and Indian-inspired food at home, with their carefully crafted and perfectly balanced spice blends and simple recipes. The compact, colourful, and kind-to-the-planet Vegan Curry Kit makes it so easy to rustle up delicious plant-based meals. Each kit contains a Korma Curry Powder – mild but packs a punch with flavour; Bhuna Curry Powder – a wonderful balance of flavour and spice; Tandoori Masala Powder – medium in heat and super versatile; Goan Curry Powder – award-winning and the hottest in the Spice Pots’ range; and a recipe booklet containing eight delicious vegan recipes., £14.95

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