Taste the season with Scotland's natural larder

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  • 21 December 2015
Taste the season with Scotland's natural larder

From the Scottish Chocolatiers Network to free whisky region guides

Scotland is packed with innovative producers and food and drink that tells a story. December is the perfect time to celebrate some of the country's most exciting cuisine and complete your Christmas dinner with local produce.

Chocolate might not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about Scotland's natural larder but there are around 70 independent and artisanal chocolatiers thriving in all four corners of the country, perfect if you're looking for that after-dinner treat. Although cocoa isn't grown here in Scotland, chocolatiers go to great lengths to source fairly traded, good quality beans and it's what goes into the chocolate that gives it a uniquely Scottish twist. Created in cooperation with the Scottish Chocolatiers Network, you can find stockists or follow the trail using the Chocolate Larder map.

The A–Z of Winter in Scotland is VisitScotland's free guide to things to see and do in Scotland this winter. From ceilidhs to craft fairs, pudding to eating out, there's enough to keep you busy right through to spring. Download the guide now.

Beat the winter chill with a warming dram of Scotland's national drink, whisky. You can indulge in the tantalising tastes of the ‘water of life' at a distillery in one of the country's five whisky regions: Highland, Speyside, Lowland, Campbeltown and Islay, each boasting subtle variations in taste. Free guides for each region are available to download now, indispensable on your journey to discover Scotland's much-fêted national drink for yourself.

Experience a true taste of Scotland this winter. Find farmers' markets, food trails and The A-Z of Winter Guide at visitscotland.com/tastescotland.

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