We are very much in the season to get jolly. This means overcooking turkey, over drinking whiskey, and overindulging in chocolate. One man in Scotland facilitating the last point is Iain Burnett, also known as the Highland Chocolatier. Based near Aberfeldy, Iain has gained accolades from every corner of the confectionary industry.

Having trained under Swiss, French, and Belgian master chocolatiers, the Highland Chocolatier has gone on to create his very own range of chocolates using only the finest of locally sources ingredients. From pralines to truffles, Iain has mastered a variety of different chocolate styles and joins a growing trend of local, artisan food that is on the rise in Scotland.

The Advent of the Velvet Chocolate Truffle

Although the Highland Chocolatier has many fantastic options of death by chocolate in his arsenal, his most famous in the velvet chocolate truffle. There is no better example of sheer indulgence than the velvet chocolate truffle; the flavours are delectable and the chocolate possesses some of the most luxurious mouth feel ever tasted.

The velvet truffle range covers eight flavours: Raspberry and black pepper, white lime with a hint of chilli, passion fruit with a touch of mango, festive spice (perfect for this time of year as chocolate gifts), dark sào tomé, caramel with a hint of liquorice, strawberry and star anise, and last but not least, the velvet truffle classic.

The velvet chocolate truffle range is a perfect gift this festive seasons for loved ones who has a taste for the extravagant. These divine, pure chocolate ganache truffles have been crafted to melt in the mouth and are packed full of flavour. The recipe has been over 10 years in the making, with each year adding subtle nuances and changes to the truffles. Now these truffles are Scotland’s most awarded chocolate, and for good reason; made with only the freshest ingredients and highest quality chocolates, the Velvet chocolate is a true confectionary masterpiece.

Iain Burnett, Highland chocolatier and confectionary genius, said this of the awards and platitudes being heaped upon his truffle:

“Many years of work have gone into the Velvet Truffles, so it’s fantastic that such a pure ganache – just rare cocoa and a very particular fresh cream without additives – is recognised by past chefs, restaurateurs, and members of the international grand jury.”

From Oban Whisky to Glenfiddich whisky: The Whisky Pairings Collection

Along a similar line, the Highland Chocolatier pairings range has the “Whisky Tasting Box”. The selection is sheer indulgence, and includes the award winning Velvet Truffle. The pairings range is acclaimed for its naturally infused spices and fruit tastes. If you have a favoured single malt, chances are the whisky tasting box will have something that pairs well with your chosen dram. Highland Chocolatier has a range of chocolates that are a perfect match for:

  • Cragganmore 12-Year-Old
  • Caol Ila 12-Year-Old,
  • Dalwhinnie 15-Year-Old,
  • Glenfiddich 12-Year-Old
  • Glenkinchie 12-Year-Old
  • Lagavulin 16-Year-Old
  • Oban 14-Year-Old
  • Talisker 10-Year-Old.
  • Bunnahabhain 12-Year-Old

There are few better gifts than whisky and chocolate, so why not splash out and make someone’s Christmas that little bit more special by getting them some chocolate-paired whisky minatures? From Islay whisky to Cragganmore whisky, there is something for everyone.


Published by Tom Wishart