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Tea & Chocolate: A Perfect Pair

Monday, October 15th, 2018


Brew up for Chocolate Week…

This week heralds the annual celebration of Chocolate Week in the UK!

To celebrate, Iain Burnett has launched the Tea Pairing Selection Box – for what could be more quintessentially British than a perfect cup of tea with your gourmet chocolate?

Created in collaboration with friends at Wee Tea Company, the Tea Pairing Selection is the perfect Chocolate Week indulgence for tea and chocolate devotees alike.

This fragrant mix of award-winning, handmade Velvet Truffles and pralines has been expertly matched by Iain to beautifully harmonise with a variety of your favourite classic teas, including Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Mint & Green Teas, and Chai.

When enjoyed together, the chocolate and tea emphasise one another’s flavours and aromas, providing a rich, warming experience. Tasting notes are included to help you unravel the subtle compounds playing out on your palate, and to get the most out of your tea pairing adventure.

So, brew a cup of your favourite tea and get cosy for Chocolate Week with this new companion box!

Wishing you a happy Chocolate Week from Highland Perthshire.

 

Gems from the Kitchen

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall…

Autumn has arrived in Highland Perthshire, and the Chocolate Kitchen is celebrating the changing season with the Autumn Gems box.

20 award-winning, handmade Velvet Truffles and pralines, carefully selected to harmonise with the autumnal season both in taste and colour. Brimming with spice, tang, rippling caramel and crunchy cocoa nibs, this box delivers a well-rounded tour of texture and richness.

This limited edition gourmet chocolate selection notably features the World’s First Ruby Velvet Truffle as well as the Caramel & Liquorice Velvet Truffle, which was awarded the World Gold for Best White Truffle at the International Chocolate Awards.

Wishing you a delicious Autumn season,

Strawberry Fields Forever

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

A Divine Taste of Scottish Summer

Scottish summertime heralds the arrival of many wonderful things — breathtaking landscapes in full bloom, longer days punctuated with lavender twilights, glittering sunshine (fingers crossed), and strawberry season!

What better way to savour this versatile, heavenly fruit than by enjoying it with one of its most consonant companions: chocolate. Iain has meticulously crafted a selection of exquisite products combining crushed strawberries and his signature gourmet chocolate– each a delectable homage to the unfolding summer season.

Limited Edition Strawberry & Star Anise Velvet Truffle

Nothing could be a more decadent celebration of the beloved summer berry than Iain’s signature “naked” edition of unenrobed Strawberry Velvet Truffles. Infused with real strawberries and sweet star anise, and currently on a promotion of 30% off, this award-winning milk chocolate truffle has never been more tempting.

Previously only available to Michelin Star and AA Rosetted Chefs, Iain has made a strictly limited number of his fruit infused pure ganache truffles in box sizes of 6, 12 and 18. They are only available while stocks last, so have your truffle forks at the ready and don’t miss this taste experience!

Strawberries & Cream : A Love Match

With Wimbledon just around the corner,  The Highland Chocolatier is once again serving up the popular Strawberries and Cream selection box.  A beautifully ornate white and gold round box, filled with Strawberry Velvet Truffles and luxurious White Velvet Hearts.

Winner of the Great Taste Gold Award, the Strawberry Velvet Truffle blends pure fruit coulis ganache with a touch of star anise.  For the cream: Iain’s White Velvet Hearts mix rich white chocolate ganache with decadent triple Madagascan vanilla, delicately encased in a heart shaped shell.

A stunning take on the quintessential summer dessert.

Rolling in Berries

Wonderfully textural and pleasingly tart, Iain’s satchels of whole raspberries and strawberries rolled in white chocolate make an ideal treat — a sweet sidekick for rugged summer hikes and serene garden parties alike.

Joining the Ranks of British Excellence

Friday, April 27th, 2018

A Prestigious Alliance

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier has received the honoured invitation to join Walpole, the prestigious alliance of Britain’s leading luxury brands.

Walpole boasts an impressive tradition of supporting excellence in British craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service, and includes such illustrious names as Rolls Royce, Mulberry, Wedgwood, Claridges, Jimmy Choo, Bentley, The Savoy, The Dorchester, Tiffany, Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Masons among others.

Walpole CEO, Helen Brocklebank, said “I’m delighted to welcome the Highland Chocolatier as a member of Walpole. Walpole represents the finest luxury brands in the British Isles, and Iain’s quest for perfection and his attention to detail in chocolate making, from sourcing the finest cream from a single herd of Perthshire Friesians to tracking down rare cocoa from São Tomé, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

Striving for Excellence

Among such distinguished creators and brand leaders, Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett is a natural addition. Twice winning the World Gold at the International Chocolate Awards for his unique Velvet Truffles, Iain is Scotland’s most awarded chocolatier. As a truffle specialist, Iain has carved a unique niche with other culinary masters, supplying Michelin Star chefs with world class petits fours, Master Distillers with chocolate pairings, and some of Britain’s must luxurious hotels with stunning bespoke chocolates for their guests and clients.

Walpole’s devotion to excellence could not be more in keeping with Iain’s personal ethos. Asked for his definition of luxury, Iain replies “I think striving for excellence on a daily basis is a route to creating genuine luxury – far above average and something an artisan is proud of.”

Love Affair with British Luxury

On receiving the news Iain responded “Becoming a Walpole member is a tremendous honour. I greatly value the opportunity to learn from association with such like-minded members, many of whom started as family businesses themselves.”

As Walpole’s Member Guide explains, “The world’s love affair with Britain’s luxury brands shows no signs of abating, and Walpole’s 200 members have never been more valued or desired… Walpole supports the luxury sector through a strategic programme of events, mentorship, thought leadership, communications and political and media engagement.”

Read Iain’s full interview with Walpole about the life of a Master Chocolatier here.

 

Taste of Christmas at The Highland Chocolatier

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Cold Makes Us Nostalgic and Nostalgia Makes Us Warm

Christmas and New Year for me has always been the priceless time when family and friends get together and bask in the glow of the season. How many priceless memories centre around this time of year for each of us–the atmosphere, the anticipation, and the joy. Since my family opened the business 12 years ago, Christmas has become the one week of the year when I close the chocolate kitchen, and that I get to be on holiday at the same time as my brother, Calum, who is my Senior Chocolatier.

For me it is also a particularly beautiful and jovial time in Scotland— especially with the colourful celebration of Hogmanay to brighten up the bleak winter weather. Above all, the season offers a poignant chance to laugh, reflect, and share from the heart—and in that spirit, I offer some Christmas selections, and my warmest wishes for a lovely holiday.

Make It a December to Remember

With such heartfelt nostalgia surrounding it, winter and the holiday season inspires the evocative limited edition Velvet Truffle—The Festive Spice. 

The Festive Spice Velvet Truffle is the chocolate equivalent of a Christmas Pudding. Whether in an exquisite selection box of enrobed Velvet Truffles and pralines, or in an ornate box of unenrobed cocoa-dusted Velvet Truffles, the Festive Spice makes the perfect petits fours for after Christmas dinner, adding an unforgettable sparkle to the taste of Christmas.