Highland Boundary's 2020 highlights.
The horizon of a new year is always a good opportunity to take a break, step back, and reflect. 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year, to say the least so it certainly justifies a few moments to take it all in. Nobody could have predicted the challenges faced over the last few months, but with the bad also comes the good. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of fellow small businesses and, of course, you! The wonderful people who shop at Highland Boundary, like our pages and share our posts. It all means to the world to us as independent business owners.
With the emotional bit out of the way, let’s take a look at some of Highland Boundary’s best bits in 2020.
Launching Highland Boundary hand sanitiser
Back at the beginning of the national lockdown hand sanitisers were in high demand to the Covid-19 pandemic. We were extremely fortunate to have the resources to hand to be able to produce hand sanitiser on a non-for-profit basis. We distributed our WHO-recommended bottles of sanitiser out to residents and frontline workers in our local community and beyond. We are forever grateful for the support of the local community in spreading the word about our hand sanitisers ensuring that we could get valuable supplies to those who needed it the most.
Welcoming our new flavour Larch & Honeysuckle
In May we launched our newest addition to the Highland Boundary botanical spirit range: Larch and Honeysuckle. The unusual pairing had been in development for over 2 years and with the support of Heriot Watt University so it was a very exciting moment for us to see the final product go live and have you lovely people try it out for yourselves. Our larch and honeysuckle spirit has a light, vanilla and fruity aroma that leads through to a beautifully smooth, citrus and light-spicy taste.
We were even more delighted that the larch and honeysuckle spirit was awarded Double Gold by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Reflecting on our rewilding journey
We’ve all taken the time to reflect on many things during 2020, across many aspects of life. For us, one of the things that we stopped and reflected on was our rewilding progress of Kirklandbank Farm. We pulled together some of the stats on the number of trees grown and integration of new plant species since first moving in back in 2008. And, wow. It was a quietly proud moment to look back at how far we have come and how we have managed to nurture the local ecosystem. Not to forget the wildlife pond which we created! Towards the end of the year we became founding members of the Scottish Rewilding Alliance together with some fantastic organisations committed to tackling climate change and biodiversity in a positive way for the future of Scotland and beyond.
You can read more about our rewilding journey here.
Collaboration with Scents of the Wild
It’s always a joy to collaborate with fellow creatives who, like us, are inspired by nature and strive for ethical production. The wonderful Scents of the Wild is exactly that. Rachel handmakes beautifully scented vegan, eco-friendly aromatherapy, soy wax candles inspired by Scottish landscapes.
We had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a new candle ‘Sweet Serenity.’ Scented with an aromatic blend of floral essence including rose with sweet lemon sherbet flair. To us, this pretty fragrance immediately painted a picture of summer. So, we created the ‘Sweet Summer Daydream’ cocktail recipe inspired by Rachel’s new candle using some of our Highland Boundary botanical spirit range.
Here's the full recipe so that you can try it out at home.
- 50mls Birch and Elderflower Wild Scottish Liqueur
- 25mls Birch and Elderflower Spirit
- 50mls Lemon Juice
- 25mls Wild Rose Petal Syrup
- 25mls Rosehip Syrup
- Lemon and Rose Petals to garnish
Lots of New Cocktails
With the launch of our new Larch and Honeysuckle product, and a lot more time spent at home we had much fun coming up with new cocktail recipes. Our trusty pal Jack from Scottish Mixology gave us a helping hand also. He created the Honeysuckle Custard cocktail, Macuiri and more. We also experimented with some warm cocktail recipes - perfect for the festive season. We came up with the Warm Berry Wonder and Highland Fling to name a few
Meeting you all at events...socially distanced of course!
Attending events is one of the most enjoyable aspects of running Highland Boundary. We get to spread the word on botanical spirits, ethical distillation, rewilding and, of course, chat to you wondering beings. Sadly, this year our events calendar was emptied pretty quickly. However, we still managed to pop along to a few. We attended the Christmas fair at Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie with a fab bunch of artists and creatives sharing their products. As well as the Peterhead farmer's market and the Scone Palace Christmas market. Don’t worry, we made sure to come fully prepared with sanitiser and face masks!
Get to know us
This year we ran a ‘Meet the Team’ series over on our blog feed. We felt it was about time that you got to know the Highland Boundary team a little bit better. After all, they stuck by us during this turbulent year and quite frankly we couldn’t do what we do without their constant support and hard work. If any of you are reading this, thank you so much for your efforts this year!
Find out more about our team by clicking on their name.
A brand new gift box
Just in time for the festive season, we launched a new gift box set which includes our newest Larch & Honeysuckle botanical spirit and best-seller Birch and Elderflower botanical spirit. We have been extremely pleased with your custom and can’t wait to hear what your loved ones think of their gift.
Despite the circumstances, we had some superb moments in 2020. Once again, thank you to everyone who has supported us. From all of the team at Highland Boundary, we wish you all the best for 2021.