Arbikie does the double at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Arbikie Highland Estate picked up a Gold medal for its ‘Kirsty’s Gin’ and a Bronze medal for its new Chilli Vodka at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Since its introduction in 2000, the competition has become one of the most respected and…

Chef Scott Smith, a protégé of Michelin-starred Geoffrey Smeddle, owner of The Peat Inn, is taking over the site of The Plumed Horse on Henderson Street in Edinburgh’s culinary neighbourhood of Leith, with an exciting new restaurant venture – Norn. The 36 cover restaurant, which is set to open in early May, is named after…

New breed of nosing expert joins whisky club as ‘Master Sniffer’ It may sound barking mad, but the world’s first whisky sniffer dog has been appointed by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. A dog’s sense of smell is 50 times more sensitive than humans, so Golden Retriever Chaucer has joined the whisky club’s prestigious Tasting…

Edinburgh Gin, which is crafting the Gin renaissance, has launched a ‘taste of Scottish seaside’ in time for summer 2016. Distilled with foraged seaweed, scurvy grass and ground ivy from Scottish land and sea, the unique gin boasts a sweet yet refreshing salinity. Originally featuring as a limited edition, after a sell-out run of 2,500…

Scottish chef, restaurateur, writer and now author, Mark Greenaway, has published his debut cookbook ‘Perceptions, Recipes from Restaurant Mark Greenaway’ describing it as ‘a Scottish cookbook like no other’. Featuring recipes that defy the often misrepresented reputation of Scottish cuisine, the philosophy behind the book is to challenge the perception of Scottish food forever by…

Loch Fyne Food Fair, Scotland’s longest-running outdoor food festival, has today announced its 2016 line-up, marking the event’s 26th year. The two-day event, which is free to attend and situated on the picturesque shores of Loch Fyne, will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2016. Established in 1990 to celebrate the best…