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A taste of Scotland

Taste of Scotland dessert 2

I’ve recently developed a real taste for whisky. Writing for Hot Rum Cow has definitely had a part to play in it, as have the wonderful people at the Scotch Whisky Experience, whose restaurant, Amber, recently served me with a truly excellent meal.

We were invited along to sample the Taste of Scotland menu, a collection of starters, main courses and a dessert, all of which represented the best of Scotland’s larder, and of course, the talents of Amber’s skilled chefs.

To start, we devoured game terrine, chicken liver pate and a salmon roulade. All three starters were delicious; the salmon was as fresh as could be and the pistachios in the game terrine really elevated the flavour. The portion size was also perfect, so despite having three mini starters we didn’t feel overwhelmed at the thought of what was still to come.

Taste of Scotland starter 1

Our main courses were incredible. Again, we had three tastes of Scotland, which comprised perfectly cooked steak, chicken stuffed with haggis and Peterhead cod. It was really hard to pick a standout dish as they were all so good and perfectly balanced.

Taste of Scotland main 3


Taste of Scotland main 2


Taste of Scotland main 1

Dessert was a chocolate lover’s dream; a white and dark chocolate delice, served with a dram of Balvenie Doublewood to wash it down. This particular whisky was recommended down to how well it goes with sweets. I liked it so much I picked up a bottle of it on the way home.

Taste of Scotland dessert 1

I can’t thank Amber enough for inviting us to try the Taste of Scotland menu. Seldom do you see Scottish food served in this way – you normally have one larger dish – but by having this particular menu, I was able to get a really good feel for how excellent the food at Amber is right across the menu.

Although Amber’s staff have been expertly trained in the art of whisky, you don’t have to be a whisky aficionado to go there. Regardless of your liking for a wee dram, the food at Amber is absolutely excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    So I will tell you I’m not a huge whisky drinker, EXCEPT when it comes to Scottish Whisky!!!! I could drink that stuff neat, all day err’day!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You sound like a girl after my own heart Ashley! Traditional whisky is mighty good. Have a great weekend x

  • http://www.thelifestylediaries.com/ Lauren Hudson

    Ahhh this post made me miss Scotland so much! Scottish food doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves – but it’s so good, especially the fish and the steak. Have you ever been to the Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow? Insanely good food! My favourite restaurant in the world!

    Lauren xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’ve never been to the Ubiquitous Chip Lauren, but you’re not the first person to mention that I should go so I really should check it out soon. And you’re right, the steak and the chips especially are top notch in Scotland x

      • http://www.thelifestylediaries.com/ Lauren Hudson

        Definitely worth a trip to Glasgow for! xx

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I’m not a huge fan of whisky, but that food looks amazing!! What a delicious sounding menu. xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It really was exceptionally good food Miranda, I can’t wait to go back. Have a great weekend lovely lady x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I’ve never been a fan of brown liquor, and so I’ve never tried whisky straight. Then again, I’ve never tried whisky made in Scotland, which is probably a much different experience. Every dish looks incredible! Especially the chicken liver pate and the chicken stuffed with haggis (clearly I’m in a chicken mood).

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      The chicken stuffed with haggis was so good Gianni, I genuinely could eat that dish everyday. If you come up to Scotland again you should try some more whisky … maybe you’ll develop a taste for it too x

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    Oh wow, these dishes look amazing…like a work of art! :) Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    I love going out for meals where you get smaller tastes of everything! It always just feels like more bang for your buck too.

    That dessert sounds divine!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    Yum, that all looks amazing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Scotland really does have amazing food. Unlike anywhere else. Your photos are awesome – not sure I am quite sold on whisky yet though!