Our expert European travel advisor, spent a glorious week in Scotland conducting luxury hotel inspections with Rebecca Recommends, a Virtuoso affiliated company offering expertise in the UK.  Our travels took us from the historic streets of Edinburgh to the oil town of Aberdeen to the Scottish highlands to the shores of Loch Ness.  Here are a few things that we brought back:

A 100% lambswool throw by Johnson of Elgin (left).  This supersoft woolen throw is already a favorite at her house.  It is light, but warm and so soft you can rub your face on it without being itchy.  The throw is reversable with the tartan pattern on one side and checks on the other with a lovely fringe along one end.  Johnson of Eglin was been in business since 1797 and makes the finest cashmere and lambswool products in Scotland.

A bottle of Royal Lochnagar Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  This Distiller’s Edition bottle was double matured in fine old muscat casks and was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2012.  This small-batch whisky has lovely carmel notes with a soft peaty flavor.  Becky brought this gem home to her husband, an avid scotch and whisky enthusiast.  The Royal Lochnagar Distillery is located beside the Queen of England’s home at Balmoral Castle at Crathie–between the villages of Ballater and Braemar where the Highland Gathering and Games are held.  Royal Lochnagar uses the pure water from the Scarnock Springs and local barley.  This combination is delightful!

We also brought back Scottish Breakfast Tea from the Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company to remind her of the lovely practice of afternoon tea.  This loose leaf tea produces a lovely golden cup of tea.

A 100% lambswool scarf in a blue tartan designed for the Ryder Cup 2014 purchased at Gleneagles.

William Sleigh, our tour and driver host company, gave us a box of chocolates from Jain Burnett, a highland chocolateer, as a parting gift.  Mr. Sleigh’s company, WL Sleigh, Ltd. provides the finest in tour and driver services and is a supplier member of the exclusive Virtuoso consortium.   These fine, beautifully designed artisan chocolates use premium grade chocolate and the finest ingredients from Scotland’s larder.  Jain Burnett uses fresh, local cream and spices to create unique chocolate truffle combinations.  They are almost to beautiful to eat…almost.