While the Autumn season may be drawing to a close, there is still plenty of time to try out these fantastic products!
Mackie’s of Scotland Chocolate
Whilst not a new addition to the Mackie’s range, it is a new addition to Mackie’s online store. Mackie’s of Scotland, best known as one of the UK’s favourite ice cream brands, launched its chocolate range in 2014, converting a former tractor shed on its Aberdeenshire family farm into a chocolate factory. The brand initially launched chocolate in four flavours (dark, mint, milk, and honeycomb) reflecting its most popular ice cream choices. A fifth flavour, orange, was a popular addition for the Christmas season last year. Mackie’s of Scotland’s chocolate is every bit as good as their beloved ice creams, and was even shortlisted for a Scottish Retail Food & Drink Award earlier this year.
mackies.co.uk, from £7.50
Quirky Chocolate Espresso/Flat White/Cappuccino Bar
The newest creation from independent Edinburgh chocolatiers Quirky Chocolate. This line, known as the Coffee Lovers line, features espresso, cappuccino, and at white chocolate bars for those who love their caffein fix. The espresso is a dark chocolate bar with a real punch, 55% Belgian dark chocolate is combined with ground and whole beans from Highland coffee roasters Roaring Stag, offering light fruit flavours with sweet honey and a luxury chocolate finish. The flat white bar, which sees espresso blended with smooth milk chocolate and a white chocolate swirl. Last of all is the cappuccino, which of course is inspired by the classic creamy, frothy coffee. Freshly brewed Roaring Stag espresso, milk chocolate, and a coffee ganache have been piped into a white chocolate shell, topped with a dusting of cinnamon – and it’s as delicious as it sounds.
quirkychocolate.com, £5 per bar.
Leithal Burke & Habanero Hot Sauce
For some people, lockdown was the catalyst for launching new and exciting business ventures, and that was exactly the case for the makers of Leithal Hot Sauces. Their line of fiendish hot sauces have been incredibly popular with locals, particularly for being packed full of flavour and not just heat. Burke and Habanero, the name of which is of course inspired by 19th century grave robbers and murderers Burke and Hare, is one of Leithal’s more ghoulish condiments. With deep flavours of apple, rhubarb, beetroot, and a blast of heat from habanero chillies, this sauce is a tasty celebration of Edinburgh’s gruesome history.
leithalhotsauces.co.uk, £4.50 for 150ml
Rora Dairy Scottish Fudge Yogurt
Rora dairy have launched a new, delicious rich fudge yogurt produced using organic milk from their family farm in Aberdeenshire. The new Scottish Fudge Live Yogurt is high in protein and made with fresh milk from the farm’s free roaming grass-fed cows without the addition of unnecessary sugar or additives. The fudge sauce used is also made locally especially for Rora dairy! The milk is blended with live culture, which helps turn it into a creamy live yogurt that is great for gut health, whilst being an indulgent and luxurious yogurt without being overly sweet.
roradairy.co.uk, RRP £2.25 for 490g
Shetland Reel Gin Bean
Shetland Reel’s latest release is their limited-edition gin in collaboration with Cairngorm Leaf & Bean, and artisan coffee roastery in the Scottish Highlands. The collaboration came about earlier this year when both businesses realised the benefits of working together to promote and support each other during the pandemic. The result is an exceptional London Dry Gin with intricate hints of mocha from Cairngorm Leaf & Bean’s vibrant and full-bodied El Salvador SHG ‘Cuzcachapa’ single origin coffee. Enjoy this warming new tipple served over ice with a good quality tonic and a slice of orange peel – the tonic makes the coffee flavour more pronounced resulting in a sweet orange coffee gin and tonic. Alternatively, enjoy it neat to savour the full effect of the coffee notes.
shetlandreel.com, £30 for 50cl
Pickering's Pumpkin Spice Latte Gin
Using 13 different botanicals, the renowned Autumn coffee favourite has been transformed into a gin! is delightfully more-ish, naturally flavoured
gin has been handcrafted at Summerhall Distillery in Edinburgh based
on the original recipe for Pickering’s 1947 gin. This limited edition release
is a classic London dry with a warm and spicy kick, and adds a grown-up
twist to this Autumnal favourite. Enjoy the initial sweetness of vanilla and
cinnamon spice, finishing o with subtle notes of freshly ground co ee.
Serve with Indian tonic water, a dash of Angostura bitters, and garnish with
an orange wedge.
pickeringgin.com, £10 for 20cl
Cabal 1513 Rum
Cabal 1513 is the rst release from new independent Scottish company Harpalion Spirits, and it’s a rum with a difference. Every single facet of the creation of this rum evolved from an extensive process of consultation and experimentation – the creative process involved no fewer than 32 industry professionals, rum experts, and members of the public coming together to create a product that suits both the rum connoisseur and the ordinary customer. This has resulted in what could be a revolutionary rum. A masterful blend of both pot and column distilled rums from the Caribbean, Guyana, Guatemala, Panama, and Trinidad, Cabal 1513 has been finished in ex-Pedro Ximine sherry casks in Speyside to add an extra layer of complexity and sweet dried fruity flavours. Bottled at 43% without colouring or chill filtration, Cabal 1513 has a delicious citrus flavour balanced with sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and toffee. All this makes Cabal 1513 a fine sipping rum, and a great option for high class cocktails this Autumn such as a Spicy Old Fashioned, or a Speyside Mule.
Glaswegin Rhubarb and Raspberry
One of the most sought-after Scottish gin bottles has to be Glaswegin, and they have recently introduced their first ever flavoured gin product with the launch of the new Raspberry and Rhubarb expression. Created, bottled, and distilled in the heart of Glasgow’s Tradestone area, the new full-strength flavoured gin is the first foray into the flavoured market for the brand. This release is a fruit-driven Raspberry and Rhubarb pink gin bursting with a fresh flavour and crafted with ten carefully selected botanicals – Raspberry, Rhubarb, Milk Thistle, Italian Juniper, Russian Coriander, Angelica, Orange and Chamomile Flowers, Bay Leaves and Pink Peppercorns. With a soft taste and exceptional flavour, the creamy
vanilla notes are reminiscent of raspberry ripple ice cream. In keeping with Gleswegin’s signature award-winning bottle design, the new release can be found in the minimalistic and distinctive white bottle, with hot pink accents. Serve with a premium tonic of your choice, fresh raspberries, and mint, or Ginger Ale.
glaswegin.com, £35 for 70cl
Pekoetea Scottish Fudge Tea
Edinburgh tea makers Pekoetea partnered with luxury confectioners e Fudge House of Edinburgh to make this indulgent blend of exquisite black tea and Scottish Fudge. The Fudge House of Edinburgh have been lovingly making fudge since 1949 from their base on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. This loose-leaf tea is a blend of the nest Assam black tea, natural vanilla, and real pieces of Scottish Fudge which melt into the tea, resulting in a rich and creamy flavour with a comforting sweetness, perfect for the colder evenings that are rapidly approaching.
pekoetea.co.uk, £9.50 for 50g cadd