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Region: Aberdeen & Grampian

Invererne Road

Forres
IV36 3EB
Tel:01309 675968
http://www.benromach.com
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Home of Benromach Speyside Malt Whisky. Speyside’s smallest working distillery, Benromach, has scooped a top award at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition for its flagship Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Benromach 10 Years Old. Their world class range also includes Peat Smoke, Hermitage, Sassicaia, 30 Year, 35 Year and more! 

Privately owned by the Urquhart family, this smallest working distillery in Speyside was lovingly restored to its former glory by malt whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail. It was reopened in 1998 by HRH The Prince of Wales and has since won many awards and plaudits including Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

They produce an enticing range of fine malts including the world's first Benromachbenromskane.jpg Organic Whisky. Their Distillery tours are superb and the Visitor Centre charming - you can even buy Wendy's cookbook there! Their world renowned Gordon & MacPhail Whisky Shop & Deli in Elgin is also well worth a visit and on Scottish Cheese Trail for their very fine Cheese Counter too. I am proud to have been invited to be an 'Honorary Stillman.' Here is Stuart Urquhart in Malmö at the Beer & Whisky Festival 'Världens äldsta whiskyflaska öppnas i Skåne' “World’s Oldest Whisky opened in Skåne” The tasting was led by Stuart, whose grandfather started to mature whisky on sherry casks in 1939.

Photo courtesy of http://www.hd.se/nyheter/skane/2016/03/10/varldens-aldsta-whiskyflaska-oppnas-i-malmo/ 
58-60 South Street

Elgin
IV30 4JY
Tel:01343 545111
http://www.gordonandmacphail.com
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Whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has been awarded the title of Global Whisky barwheysbenromach.jpgRetailer of the Year for a single outlet at the Icons of Whisky Awards 2009. They are also proud to announce Dunkeld Atholl Brose has been crowned ‘World’s Best Whisky Liqueur’ at the World Whisky Awards 2012.

Family owned, proprietors of Benromach Distillery, renowned wine & spirits experts.

Their fine shop in Elgin's South Street has not only the world's most extensive range of whiskies but also an excellent deli with an impressive cheese counter. Here is Benromach with Barwheys cheese at a cheese tasting at Scottish Food Studio.

Cloudy Apple Limited

Aberdeen
Cloudy Apple Limited
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I spotted this company at the Royal Highland Show with their excellent apple juice. Although they grow the apples in Worcestershire they are based in Aberdeen and the story behind the company is good Slow Food philosophy! The apples are from his parent's farm where the established orchards supply supermarkets but needless to say such buyers only accept apples of a certain size etc so creating a gourmet apple juice with the remainder was a perfect family solution - particularly as they grow the tart Bramley and the sweeter Fiesta that, when blended together, are superb.

As they farm the apples and bottle the juice they can justly trace their crop from 'blossom to bottle.' Available mainly across Aberdenshire in good delis but can be purchased by the case too.

Cock o' the North Liqueur Co Ltd
Aboyne Castle

Aboyne
AB34 5JP
Tel:013398 87778
Cock o
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A fine blend of Speyside Single Malt & Blaeberries, following a recipe known only to Chief of the Gordon Clan, The Marquis of Huntly, & his son the Earl of Aboyne.
Deeside Water Company
The Stables Pannanich Wells Royal Deeside

Ballater
AB35 5SJ
Tel:01339 755000
Deeside Water Company
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Deeside Mineral Water is one of the purest, healthiest waters in the world, flowing from an ancient healing spring in the Scottish Mountains. It has a long history of health benefits and was the reason the village of Ballater grew up as a spa town around 1760. Recent clinical and lab research has confirmed Deeside Mineral Water has unique properties which give it great appeal for consumers. It is supplied in a range of PET and Glass bottles in the UK and is exported around the world.
Glenfarclas Distillery
Ballindalloch

Ballindalloch
AB37 9BD
Tel:01807 500257
Glenfarclas Distillery
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Sixth generation Grant family still own this independent distillery and are proud of the traditions they instill. They have developed quite a range of fine single malts, offer guiding and have their shop onsite. Who could be within sniffing range of Glenfarclas and not pay a visit?
Glenfiddich
The Glenfiddich Distillery Dufftown

Banffshire
AB55 4DH
Tel:01340 820 373
Glenfiddich
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Affectionately known as the 'maverick whisky makers of Dufftown!' Founded 1887 making it one of the oldest family-owned Scotch whisky distilleries. They have a considerable range of fine malts: vintages and specialist; gift sets and personalised bottles. There is a taste for everyone. Privately owned by William Grant & Sons.

photo credit: Glenfiddich

Glenglassaugh Distillery
Portsoy

Banffshire
AB45 2SQ
Tel:01261 842367
Glenglassaugh Distillery
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Glenglassaugh Distillery produces single malt Scotch whisky near the pretty coastal town of Portsoy high above Sandend Bay. Local barley and water produce this fine single malt. Founded in 1875 and later rebuilt in 1960. In 1986 it was mothballed until 2008 when the distillery was bought over and reopened and the rest is history. Given the resurgence in good food in Banffshire it is fitting they have their own malt! No shop as yet but opportunity for tours...so contact them direct.
Summer House Drinks
Manse Farm Peathill Rosehearty Fraserburgh

Aberdeenshire
AB43 7HD
Tel:07779 109 964
Summer House Drinks
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Producers of artisan full flavoured lemonades and craft sodas made with solely natural ingredients such as their Scottish Raspberry Lemonade. Based on their family fruit farm,they also make tonic waters with herbs and botanicals from their walled garden.

The Macallan
Easter Elchies Craigellachie

Aberlour
AB38 9RX
Tel:(0) 1340 872 280
The Macallan
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Owned by the Edrington Group, a privately held company based in Scotland, who also own Famous Grouse and Highland Park.

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed.

Range includes Sherry Oak, The 1824 Series, Fine Oak and the 1824 Collection. Their 'Six Pillars Tour' is a very popular and comprehensive tour.

A new distillery is also under construction (due to open 2017).

Region: Argyll, Isles, Lomond, Stirling & Trossachs

Arran Brewery
Brodick

Isle of Arran - Brodick
KA27 8DE
Tel:01770 302353/0141 572 1580
Arran Brewery
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This island craft brewery has a great range of beers with something for everyone. From rich dark to light blonde and smooth tasty options in between with wonderful names such as Clyde Puffer, Brewery Dug, and our particular favourite Red Squirrel! Tasting and tours available at their shop at Cladach Visitor Centre just a mile north of Brodick.

Fyne Ales
Achadunan Cairndow

Argyll
PA26 8BJ
Tel:01499 600 120
Fyne Ales
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Fyne Ales take an incredible pride in producing their award-winning ales from natural ingredients, taking time and valuing each step of its process. They have their own natural water from the burn on the hill, carefully selected varietals of hops and malt, and use techniques based on the old British Cask Ale heritage. As they say ' integrity matters.' They work with our own strain of yeast, that originally came from the Fountainbridge brewery in Edinburgh, and has a 200 year history. They stock a good selection including Avalanche, Fyne Bank,HIghlander and Hurricane Jack.

Hebridean Spirits and Liqueurs
44 Campbell Street

Helensburgh
G84 8XZ
Tel:01436 679 935
Hebridean Spirits and Liqueurs
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This small family business based in Argyll attracts world wide attention for their interesting flavours. They are known for their distinctive tastes that are less sweet than the big brand names, and very beautifully presented. They have built up quite a range including one Italian one specially imported.
Isle of Arran Distillers
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd Lochranza

Isle of Arran - Lochranza
KA27 8HJ
Tel:01786 431900
Isle of Arran Distillers
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From their distillery in the pretty village of Lochranza, on Arran, this private company only started distilling in the last couple of decades. I still remember the days when you visited and there was no whisky ready yet! Changed days, with a splendid selection of their own characteristic single malts and blends. There are classics seen in discerning stores across Scotland and limited editions, some only available from the distillery. We particularly liked the Machrie Moor. In March 2015 they released their first ever official 18 year-old Single Malt - a limited edition of 9,000 bottles worldwide and the final part of their trilogy of Single malts leading up to this milestone release in their history. We can't wait to tell the Swedish part of our family about this wonderful distillery - Swedes go mad about Scottish malts! :) A great place to visit, there are well thought out, fascinating whisky tours, beautifully designed to take you through the stages, plus a lovely café bistro in visitor centre. (see under places to eat entry)
Springbank Whisky
Springbank Distillers Ltd 9 Bolgam Street

Campbeltown
PA28 6HZ
Tel:01586 551710
Springbank Whisky
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The oldest independent family-owned distillery in the country and the only distillery in Scotland to malt 100% of their barley using traditional floor malting methods. Springbank was established in 1828 on the site of Archibald Mitchell’s illicit still!

Campbeltown was once a smuggling centre in 17th and 18th century, where many a bottle of Scotland’s famous liquid was distilled illegally. Once home to 30 distilleries, today only three still stand, two of which are owned by J&A Mitchell and Co and run by Mitchell’s great, great grandson, the fifth generation of the Mitchell family.

They distill Springbank, Longrow, and Hazelburn and their story is as fascinating as it is long, covering many centuries. Over the centuries they have watched the whisky market ebb and flow and created peaty and lighter whiskies to suit many tastes, and are widely acclaimed.

Region: Edinburgh & Lothians

The Spencerfield Spirit Company Ltd Spencerfield Farm House
Inverkeithing
Fife

Edinburgh
KY11 9LA
Tel:+44 (0) 1383 412144
http://www.edinburghgindistillery.co.uk
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'Steeped in history and creation, we invite you to disappear down the rabbit hole and indulge yourself in the mystery of the beautiful botanical libations we call gin.'

Alex Nicol co-founder of the company has an illustrious CV as a whisky executive andedginfest.jpg aficionado, the ideal talent for spotting and creating unique niche brands.... the somewhat eccentrically named Pig's Nose and Sheep's Dip whiskies and now the award-winning collection Edinburgh Gin.

Together with wife Jane they have run a family business and justly received many plaudits. They now have a very fine Distillery and Visitor Attraction under The Rutland at Edinburgh's West End and have created a range of imaginative and high quality gins including the aromatic and very popular Seaside Gin.

Entry to be updated very soon!

Newhailes Industrial Estate Newhailes Rd

Musselburgh
EH21 6SY
Tel:0131 653 4010
http://www.brodies1867.co.uk
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Long established highly respected business with a range of fine speciality teas and coffees par excellence, all roasted and blended in East Lothian - plus tasty chocolates and fruit cake. Now with lovely new packaging, awards for their herbal teas, Ma Broon caddies...not to mention their very fine gourmet coffee blends, highly popular with consumers and discerning restaurateurs.  

Early adopters of Fairtrade, one of the most widely recognised and trusted certification marks in the UK, Brodies buy coffee beans from around the world and roast a range of fine Fairtrade coffees from Colombia, Brazil and Honduras.

brod_teas.jpgBrodies have been importing and blending tea since the time great tea clippers docked at the bustling Port of Leith. Their beautiful range of packaging for their teas include scenes of iconic Edinburgh in stunning shades as you can see. 

Brodies brings Malawian Mzuzu coffee back home to Edinburgh - The first coffee plants to be introduced to Malawi originated from the Edinburgh Botanic Garden in the early 1870s. Now Brodies are bringing the green coffee back to Edinburgh to be traditionally roasted using artisan methods to bring out the unique characteristics of this distinctive finest Arabica coffee from the Mzuzu Coffee Cooperative. Alexander McCall Smith, writer of 44 Scotland Street has even contributed on the packaging! 

32 Victoria Street

Edinburgh
EH1 2JW
Tel:0845 604 8350
http://www.demijohn.co.uk
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A "liquid deli" encompassing an alchemy of selected oils, vinegars, liqueurs anddemi4 spirits, all displayed in flasks to taste and savour.

Demijohn is constantly launching wonderfully inspired seasonal liqueurs to enjoy - the perfect gift and always look gorgeous on display - with oranges, brambles, sloes, whiskies and rum...so imaginative and creative.

The first shop opened in Edinburgh. Now also with a Glasgow venue at 382 Byres Rd, Tel 0141 337 3600; plus Oxford and York. Available mail order too so click on their link for more info.

Unit 3
Whin Park Industrial Estate
Cockenzie

East Lothian
EH32 9SF
Tel:01875 815 372
http://www.fraiserliqueur.com/home
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Famous as Leith Liqueur Company for their fine Scotch whisky liqueur, they have nowfraiser_cocktail.jpg created a unique delicious smooth and distinctive liqueur of real character and depth of taste. This wild strawberry infusion, combined with background notes of vanilla, almond and cinnamon, blends harmoniously with the fine Scotch whisky to give Fraiser its unique taste.

Check out their link for wonderful cocktail ideas too.

Partner John Smith, known as The Whisky Man, was Head Blender at Glenmorangie. On retiring he couldn't resist the idea of creating something hand-crafted to a secret recipe and Fraiser is the result! 

In 2016 this favourite strawberry-infused liqueur continues to impress – outselling all other beverages at Whisky Live London and Stirling Whisky Festival.

19 Windsor Place

Edinburgh
EH15 2AJ
Tel:07725 461 882
http://www.thescottishfruitcompany.co.uk
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This company picks, trades and forages in orchards, gardens and wild places seekingsc_fruit_co.jpg out Scotland’s natural fruit. Danya uses her skills and passion to create wonderful medieval flavours and natural tastes from our food heritage using old varietals to create cordials and fruit cheeses. A fascinating venture resulting in delicious tastes.

The delicious cordials are vibrant and naturally tasty served hot or chilled, and the fruit cheeses are amazing with meats as well as dairy cheeses.

Postal address for enquiries or click on button but no retail shop onsite.

4 Melville Crescent

Edinburgh
EH3 7JA
Tel:0131 226 3445
http://www.wemyssmalts.com
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The Wemyss family (pronounced 'weems') is from Fife where their home Wemyss Castle has stood for six centuries.

With their premium wine background and Scottish roots, it seemed natural to expand their portfolio into whisky. The Wemyss Malts range champions the flavours and aromas of the whiskies from beautifully balanced blended malts to the breadth of their single cask offering. 

The range of spirits has grown to include Lord Elcho, (a premium Blended Scotch that is named after an ancestor) as well as Darnley's Gins (3 deliciously different small batch London Dry Gins named after Mary Queen of Scots was introduced to her future husband Lord Darnley while visiting Wemyss Castle).

In 2014, the Wemyss family opened the doors to Kingsbarns Distillery & Visitor Centre just 6 miles from St Andrews, where they patiently wait for the first Single Malt release in 2018. They have transformed the cottage next to the distillery into Darnley's Gin Still House with gin tours available from July 2017.

www.lordelcho.com      www.darnleysgin.com     www.wemyssmalts.com  

Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company
15G 214 Sir Harry Lauder Road

Edinburgh
EH15 2QA
Tel:0131 669 9222
Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company
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The Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company was formed in 1990 following a management buyout of the Melrose Tea Company. Based in Portobello,by the same stretch of water where in 1833 Andrew Melrose became the first UK tea merchant outside of London to legally import fresh tea from China on the Tea Clipper Isabella. Their coffee is roasted fresh daily, their tea carefully sourced around the globe; classic, Fair Trade and organic all available.

Glengoyne Distillery
Russell House Dunnet Way

Broxburn
EH52 5BU
Tel:01506 852 205
Glengoyne Distillery
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Continuously in operation since its founding in 1833 and owned by Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. It produces a Highland single malt matured in the Lowlands, its location being such that the stills are over the highland line and the casks over the road!

They use the stream water from Dumgoyne Hill, these same hills and forests that provided excellent cover for the illicit distillers of old. In April 2003, Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. acquired Glengoyne Distillery and the 'Glengoyne Single Malt' brand. Unlike many it does not use peat smoke ensuring a clear and bright colour and flavour. Only 40 minutes from Glasgow and half an hour from Stirling it has excellent tours, a visitor shop and is very handy for the central belt to vsit.

Glengoyne is in partnership with Contini http://www.contini.com/cannonball 

Also owners of Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky & Edinburgh Gin.

 

Knops Beer Company
Archerfield Brewery Archerfield Walled Garden Dirleton

East Lothian
EH39 5HQ
Tel:07949 879 147
Knops Beer Company
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Born out of a desire to create interesting artisan beer with full bodied heritage flavours, this beer company has created a satisfying range with names such as California Common, India Pale Ale, and Musselburgh Broke. Each have a great story to tell with names giving a hint to their roots!

In 2013 they moved to the custom-made Brewery at Archerfield Estate - a great location and total control of beer production at their own micro brewery. Tours available by appointment.

Scots Cheer
The Carthouse Crauchie

East Linton
EH40 3EB
Tel:01620 860914
Scots Cheer
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Makers of Brammle-Scotch Whisky Liqueur & other interesting fruit liqueurs in East Lothian. Often to be found at food fairs and Haddington Farmers' Market. Here is Derry with her liqueurs at Royal Highland Show. No e mail at present so please telephone.

Thistly Cross Cider
South Belton Farm

Dunbar
EH42 1RG
Thistly Cross Cider
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Established as a collaboration between farmer, Ian Rennie, and artist-turned-cidermaker, Peter Stuart, in 2008, Thistly Cross has gained a reputation for making ciders. They press Scottish apples on the East Lothian farm and add various natural flavours, fermenting with Champagne yeast then maturing for six months. They now have a lovely range, including Traditional, Ginger, Elderflower and Strawberry ciders.

Wine Importers Ltd
Thistle House Caputhall Road Deans Industrial Estate

Livingston
EH54 8AS
Tel:01506 468 900
Wine Importers Ltd
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Wine merchants of distinction, widely used by trade and exclusive importer of some of the finest vintages. Founded in 1975, I remember when they delivered padlocked Beaujolais Nouveau to restaurants around Edinburgh in a race to be the first on the tables that evening! Nowadays the challenges are different but no less interesting in the world of wine. Their lists include magical places I have visited our the years: Chapoutier, Williams Humbert and Joseph Perrier. Fantastic drinks from very special suppliers, creators of unique tastes and flavours. With a reputation as Scotland's 'most reliable wine wholesaler.'

Region: Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Kelburn Brewing Company
10 Muriel Lane

Barrhead
G78 1QB
Tel:0141 8812138
Kelburn Brewing Company
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Traditional family brewing company with 55 industry awards and counting, gaining a reputable position in the trade. They have quite a collection - Dark Moor, Red Smiddy, Misty Law, Keltic, Fly Half & Goldihops to name a few. Founded in 2001. They have a licence to sell direct to the public so you can buy these at the brewery. Please email or phone for more info.

Ovenbird Artisan Coffee Roasters
Block B Unit 2 45 Glenwood Place

Glasgow
G45 9UH
Tel:0793 573 8189
Ovenbird Artisan Coffee Roasters
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Sourcing, roasting and supplying coffee. The ovenbird is a migratory bird that seeks shelter in trees on small coffee farms - the sort of places this company likes to do business with, where biodiversity and small producers can be supported. Davide meets the growers, many of which are operated by women, tour their farms, check working conditions and then work out an agreement face-to-face.  In this way the premium prices they pay go straight into the producers' hands. He also offers training courses for barristas.

Region: Highlands & Northern Islands

Tiree Cottage Watten

Caithness
KW1 5YJ
Tel:01955621623
http://www.berry-good.co.uk
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berrygooddinner.jpgBerry Good was launched in 2008 by Jill Brown. Nine months after launching, the
company won their category in the prestigious Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards and was shortlisted in the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards.

Traditional infusion methods are used to ensure the fullest flavour is transferred from the fruit to the spirit so it is bursting with berriness and free from artificiaberry_coffee_liqueur.jpgl additives and 100% Scottish.

It is absolutely fabulous for all sorts of cocktails and dishes and Jill is now also creating chocolates and blackcurrant jelly from her berries. Jill now also does a pretty gift selection. Check out my RHS recipes for ideas - Jill is a regular at this event.

Black Isle Brewery
Teablair

Munlochy
IV8 8NZ
Tel:01463 811871
Black Isle Brewery
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Fine organic beers, produced on the famous Black Isle. David and his family are regulars at farmers' markets as far south as Edinburgh. They were also at Terra Madre in Turino in 2012 where they were very well received.
Cairngorm Brewery Company
Dalfaber Estate

Aviemore
PH22 1PY
Tel:01479 812222
Cairngorm Brewery Company
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Cairngorm Brewery Company, established in 2001, is situated in the village of Aviemore within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. They offer a range of permanent and seasonal cask beers to suit all tastes and 12 of their products are available in 500ml bottles.
Cromarty Brewing Co
Davidston Cromarty

Cromarty
IV11 8XD
Tel:(01381) 600440
Cromarty Brewing Co
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Award winning Happy Chappy is their latest new wave pale ale and one of a great range of flavours from this young innovative brewery I discovered it when researching for the Pop up Dinner I hosted for the North Highland Initiative. They also make Red Rocker, Rogue Wave and a malty porter named Ghost Town among others.

Crossbill Gin
Crossbill Highland Distilling Inshriach

Aviemore
PH22 1QS
Crossbill Gin
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This artisan small batch gin uses Scottish Juniper, not easy to find these days but hopefully with care and conservation will once again cover our Scottish landscape. They are working on cultivating a sustainable wild juniper supply, indeed Wild Scottish Juniper is on Slow Food's Ark of Taste.

Crossbill Gin, named after the bird that, like juniper, is unique to the highland pine forests, is 'a celebration of juniper and rosehip, two bold and fresh Highland botanicals.'

Gaelic Whisky Shop, Praban na Linne
Eilean Iarmain

Isle of Skye
IV43 8QR
Tel:01471 833 496
Gaelic Whisky Shop, Praban na Linne
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Also known as Praban na Linne, translated as "the smuggler's den by the Sound of Sleat" there is a small shop & tastingroom on Isle Ornsay. Sir Iain Noble set up this whisky company in 1976 - after all, he said, it was the Gaels who invented whisky. Very picturesque location (used in films) by Hotel Eilean Iarmain so you can dine here too.
Highland Park Distillers
Holm Road Kirkwall

Isles of Orkney
KW15 1SU
Tel:+44(0) 1856 874619
Highland Park Distillers
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Fine Orcadian award-winning whisky complete with a lovely visitor centre. Producing malt on Orkney since 1798 and still retains a traditional malting floor. An interesting attraction to visit when on these historic isles. There is a range of tour options available. An engaging hint of peat combined with the sweetness of the oak barrels.

Owned by the Edrington Group, a privately held company based in Scotland, who also own Famous Grouse and The Macallan.

Isle of Harris Distillery
Tarbert Isle of Harris

Outer Hebrides
HS3 3DJ
Tel:01859 502 212
Isle of Harris Distillery
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Isle of Harris Distillery is a Social Distillery - owned by the people for the people with locals in employment and a great new asset to Tarbert and indeed all the Outer Isles. Down by the harbourside it has yet to commit the spirit for 'The Hearach' Single Malt Whisky to wood, however their distillers are creating The Isle of Harris Gin. The building is imaginative and attractive, tours are available for booking and the shop has many good gift ideas - not just gin:) The Canteen offers very good light meals.

Isle of Skye Brewing Company
The Pier Uig

Isle of Skye
IV51 9XP
Tel:01470 542 477
Isle of Skye Brewing Company
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Excellent island brewing - a tasty range to choose from, down by the ferry to the Western Isles. Skye Red, Gold and Black; Skye Blonde, I.P.A....and a Cuillin Beast! Started after a pub conversation by a bunch of schoolteachers the results are winning multiple prizes! Brewery shop open November - March.

Lyle Organics
Ardmor
Dorres

Inverness
IV2 6TU
Tel:01463 751365
Lyle Organics
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Rhubarb and sloes from this organic family farm are skilfully transformed into flavoured gin. They only use their own farm grown stock to make the rhubarb vodka. The skill comes in picking the rhubarb at just the right time. There is no easy method of harvesting rhubarb - it is all picked by hand! Along with their rhubarb, they also have a flock of sheep, cows, a few acres of cereals 'milling oats.' They also have Prunus Spinosa from which they make Sloe Gin. No fruit concentrates, colour enhancers or artificial sweetners.

Orkney Roastery
Kirkwall

Isles of Orkney
Orkney Roastery
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The latest addition to Orkney's fine range of food and drink is this artisan coffee roaster (opened 2017). Located on the edge of Kirkwall this micro business has a big knowledge of coffee and creates small batches slow roasted to give a fine fresh coffee experience. Already stocking a good range and density of flavours, all named on a musical theme, and already popular with local consumers and chefs. Click on enquiry to e mail. No telephone number as yet.

Orkney Wine Company
Operahalla
St Ola
Lamb Holm

Isles of Orkney
KW15 1SX
Tel:01856 878700
Orkney Wine Company
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A family business and Scotland's most northerly wine company with an eclectic selection well worth tasting. The wines are made in a traditional way with fruit, flowers and vegetables, many locally grown in the clean island air, from intense berry combinations to heritage potatoes! Inspiring, interesting and flavoursome. They are 100% natural and sulphur free and suitable for vegetarians. They have an attactive shop for their wines and other high quality local crafts right beside the Italian Chapel.  Mail order also available.

Tomatin Malt Whiskies
Tomatin

Inverness
IV13 7YT
Tel:01463 248 144
Tomatin Malt Whiskies
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Located in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness ('Monarch of the Glen' country). Established in 1897, Tomatin is also one of the highest distilleries in Scotland at 315 metres above sea level. The soft waters of the Alt-na-Frith running through the mountains have helped to create this Highland Malt with delicate flavours, yet a rich and mellow style.

The company was named ‘Distiller of the Year’ at the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards 2016 and I had the pleasure of tasting Tomatin malt at the Royal Highland Show. They have won awards and have a delightful visitor attraction onsite. It is one of the last distilleries to provide housing for their staff, and around 25 families live on the 140 acre estate. Owned by Tomatin Distillery Company Limited. Their brands include 12year, Cask Strength, 1988, and 36 year old.

Valhalla Brewery
Haroldswick Unst

Unst
ZE2 9TJ
Tel:01957 711 658
Valhalla Brewery
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'Almighty ales from the most northerly island in Britain.' When Unst Airport ceased operations in 1996, enterprising Sonny Priest was determined to remain on his ancestral island home, the farthest north inhabited island on Shetland! Highly capable and very enthusiasitc, he became a brewer and the rest is history!

Sonny has worked incredibly hard and now moved to larger premises at Haroldswick on the north east of Unst. Valhalla beers are brewed and packaged on Unst where the clean environment, pure water and crisp air of this windswept isle provides ideal production conditions, unique tastes and flavours.

The Viking inspired names for his ales include Auld Rock, White Wife (a locally seen ghost), Old Scatness, Summer Dim (the local name given to the low light of the perpetual midnight sun in summer). These delicious flavours offer something for everyone. Sonny also makes Island Bere, using the ancient local grain Beremeal, a Slow Food Ark of Taste ingredient. They say Shetlanders are fishermen who croft but this one is also great brewer and it was a pleasure to visit Valhalla.

Windswept Brewing Company
Unit B 13 Coulardbank Industrial Estate Lossiemouth

Moray-shire
IV31 6NG
Tel:01343 814310
Windswept Brewing Company
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The finest British malt barley is used to produce their beer, along with hops, yeast and Speyside water. With names like Blonde, Wolf and Tornado this young company packs a big punch. I used Wolf in my tasty slow cooked Beef cheek at one Royal Highland Show to create a rich and delicious gravy. It is also great to drink of course! NO e mail so please contact them by telephone, thanks.

Region: Perthshire, Angus, Dundee & Fife

Spencerfield Farm House

Inverkeithing
KY11 9LA
Tel:+44 (0) 1383 412144
http://www.spencerfieldspirit.com
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Alex Nicol co-founder of the company has an illustrious CV as a whisky executive andedginfest.jpg aficionado, the ideal talent for spotting and creating unique niche brands.... the somewhat eccentrically named Pig's Nose and Sheep's Dip whiskies and now the award-winning Edinburgh Gin.

Together with wife Jane they run a family business and are justly receiving many plaudits. They now have a very fine Distillery and Visitor Attraction under The Rutland at Edinburgh's West End and have created a range of imaginative and high quality gins including the aromatic and very popular Seaside Gin.

Bean Shop
67 George Street

Perth
PH1 5LB
Tel:01738 449955
Bean Shop
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Independent coffee roaster and speciality tea emporium. Eclectic source of distinctive teas and coffees complete with all sorts of related gadgets and stylish accessories.
Bouvrage
Wandershiell Aldbar

Brechin
DD9 6SY
Tel:01356 623115
Bouvrage
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Artisan natural juices, high quality and very healthy. Perfect for picnics, children, mocktails and the 'driver!' Now settled in larger premises with their own orchards much of the fruit is home grown, supplemented by local producers. Originallly raspberry and blaeberry drinks with deep rich hue and marvellous aroma, they now also press their own apples, and other fruits and berries too. It is also very handy for recipes that call for a liqueur and you are looking for a gourmet non alcoholic alternative!

Cairn O' Mohr
East Inchmichael Errol

Perth
PH2 7SP
Tel:01821 642 781
Cairn O
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Producer of award-winning fruit wines and ciders since 1987, using natural locally sourced ingredients. Popular full flavoured country tipples from this real fruit winery - and home of the "Half-baked Tourist Attraction!" A fun place to visit and also with a lovely cafe on site. Cairn O' Mohr are also often seen at farmers' markets.

Edradour Distillery
Pitlochry

Perthshire
PH16 5JP
Tel:01796 472095
Edradour Distillery
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Founded in 1825 and long famous as Scotland's teeniest distillery in the heart of Pitlochry in their original farm buildings. There are other micro distilleries around these days but this one affectionately holds the title as it has certainly held it longest! It is the 'last stronghold of handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production today.' Andrew Symington, Master of the Quaich, ensures Edradour Distillery continues to produce traditional, handmade farm whisky along with innovative new single malts. Visitors very welcome.

Gin Bothy
Lintrathen

Kirriemuir
DD8 5JJ
Tel:01575 560718
Gin Bothy
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Scottish small batch gin infused with local seasonal fruits made in the Angus Glens at Peel Farm where there is also a coffee shop and farm shop. Farm shop telephone number given. Range includes Blueberry, Mulled, Gunshot, Raspberry and Strawberry. No e mail address at present

Glenturret Distillery
The Hosh

Crieff
PH7 4HA
Tel:01764 656 565
Glenturret Distillery
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Located in the spectacular Strathearn countryside, The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff is an award winning visitor attraction that offers a truly unique and authentic experience to visitors from all over the world.

Illicit distilling took place here around 1717. It was previously named 'Hosh.' This historic distillery appears in the Guinness Book of Records thanks to Towser, the Distillery cat, a record breaking mouser! 

The distillery offers visitors, from novices to whisky enthusiasts, a unique opportunity to experience the traditional handmade distilling processes that have been used to craft the whiskies at Glenturret Distillery for generations. 2015 the distillery announced a new café and restaurant offering, Wilde Thyme at Glenturret, led by one of Scotland’s leading chefs, Andrew Hamer. 

Owned by the Edrington Group, a privately held company based in Scotland, who also own Highland Park and The Macallan.

Famous Grouse range includes Ginger Grouse, Smoky Black and Mellow Gold.

Hettie's Teas
93-95 Atholl Rd Pitlochry

Perthshire
PH16 5AB
Tel:01796 473991
Hettie
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Hettie's teas are innovative, tasty and fun. There is something for everyone with an amazing and imaginative range - Little Miss Spice Girl, Afternoon Chatter and Hettie in the Heather. These delightful infusions are great for creative cooking and refreshing drinking. The tearoom is a colourful haven of home baking with a charming atmosphere.

Luvians & The Bottleshop
93 Bonnygate

Cupar
KY15 4LG
Tel:01334 654820
Luvians & The Bottleshop
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Two bottleshops: the original in Cupar and one in St. Andrews, 'rammed to the rafters with some of the rarest and finest whiskies' A great family business in wines, whiskies and alcoholic delectables! The brothers also specialise in ice cream and is greatly praised by locals in the know!

Meikles of Scotland
Station Road

Newtonmore
PH20 1AR
Tel:01540 673733
Meikles of Scotland
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Beautifully bottled liqueurs - an ideal gift. Home of Stag's Breath Liqueur. When the SS Politician ran aground off the island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides her principal cargo was whisky, among them 'Stag's Breath. From this wonderful true story came Sir Compton Mackenzie's book 'Whisky Galore' that was also made into a film.
Strathearn Distillery
Bachilton Farm Steading Methven

Perth
PH1 3QX
Tel:01738 840 100
Strathearn Distillery
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Neat and sweet, this whisky distillery opened in 2013 with a dream to create a small hand crafted single malt distillery. They use traditional methods on a small scale in hand crafted stills and mature in small octave sherry casks to give a traditional distinctive flavour. Malt due to launch for Christmas 2016

The distillery currently produces small batches of gin - Classic, Heather Rose, and Oaked Highland. Due to its unique nature, the Strathearn Distillery is described as a Micro-Distil-Brewery. Booked tours are also available.Their youthful distiller Zak Shenfield was recently crowned Young Distiller of the Year.

Region: South of Scotland

Hard acres Farm
Greenlaw

Kelso
TD10 6UN
Tel:07436 271557
http://www.laprigvalley.co.uk
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A regular at farmers' markets. Laprig is now well known for its fine apple drinks inlaprig2 single variety apple juice. They also do winter warmer blends with a difference, all apple based.

They have planted many of their own apple trees and only ever use additional apples from the UK and in season. Tart apples can give crisp aperitifs; sweeter apples appeal to some and mellow flavours to others - it is fascinating how many delightful flavours there are among apple varietals when they are treated with the repsect they deserve and sold as single species. 

Fruit varietals are increasingly popular to match with dishes and enjoy in cocktails - non alcoholic and absolutely delicious.

Born in the Borders Brewery
Lanton Mill

Jedburgh
TD8 6ST
Tel:01835 830495
Born in the Borders Brewery
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This excellent brewer is based on the farm where the barley is grown - what could be better? They can oversee the whole delivery from 'plough to pint' - the only one in Scotland.

Their hand-crafted beers range from pale Foxy Blonde to their classic rich dark ale Dark Horse. They also have foraged specials such as Elderflower and Heavy Nettle!

With a gift and coffee shop too this is a brilliant concept.

Broughton Ales Ltd
Broughton

Broughton
ML12 6HQ
Tel:01899 830345
Broughton Ales Ltd
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Traditional ales, skillfully blended, each with their own distinctive character. Broughton Ales is a small independant brewery situated in the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders.
Burnswell Spring
The Pumphouse

Mauchline
KA5 6EL
Tel:01290 559304
Burnswell Spring
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When building their homes in the centre of Mauchline, the founders discovered an artesian well rising into a brick vaulted chamber. They found this had been built in 1902 by Ayr County Council for the village of Mauchline! No longer in use with the advent of 'mains' the history of this well and its purity long pre dates Council activities, with records of Cisterian Monks and folk living there for centuries. The water has been thoroughly tested of course and deemed so good it could be taken straight from the well. Fine spring water from the heart of Burns country.

Roundsquare Roastery

Ayr

Tel:07931 635073
Roundsquare Roastery
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Welcome to Ayrshire's latest treat for your tastebuds - its own artisan coffee roaster. Roundsquare Roastery focuses on quality and, most importantly, freshness. Thier award winning beans are direct trade, ethically sourced, organic and locally roasted. Their coffee is available as bean or ready for your cafetiere and is a heady mix of flavour and intensity - delicious. As Ayrshire's only coffee roastery they have a unique product. Available wholesale and to individual customers.
Sulwath Brewers Ltd
King Street

Castle Douglas
DG7 1DT
Tel:01556 504525
Sulwath Brewers Ltd
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The name "Sulwath" is the ancient name for the Solway Estuary. This is a highly regarded family business in the heart of Castle Douglas Food Town. Fine prize winning traditionally brewed beers with natural fullsome flavours from Galloway complete with lovely shop and tour. Every time I visit they seem to have added another gem to their collection. These folk know their beers and love developing their range.
Traquair House Brewery

Innerleithen
EH44 6PW
Tel:01896 830323
Traquair House Brewery
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The ales date back to the early 1700’s when there was originally a domestic brewery serving the house and the estate. This was long forgotten when rediscovered by Peter Maxwell Stuart in the early 60's. Some of the equipment they still use is over 200years old and it is still brewed by the Lairds of Traquair. Beers can be bought and tasted at Traquair in their brewery shop or can be found at a variety of independent retailers. Groups can book for a visit.