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Aberfeldy Barrels & Bees In London, Glasgow & Edinburgh

23rd August 2021
Leading venues across London, Glasgow and Edinburgh create limited edition Aberfeldy honey laced cocktails to raise awareness of the importance of the honey bee.

Aberfeldy Barrels & Bees

Aberfeldy, nicknamed ‘The Golden Dram’, continues its commitment to environmental sustainability with its annual Barrels & Bees programme, which unites local urban beekeepers and apiaries with bartenders around the world to raise awareness of the importance of the honey bee through a series of workshops, this year in partnership with Bermondsey Street Bees. The next Barrels & Bees masterclasses will take place on the 25th August and 9th September and will culminate in a series of honey laced cocktails from 80 bartenders across the country.

Aberfeldy is famed for its honeyed notes which are conjured as the whisky is distilled, and as a result, the Highland dram pairs very well with honey in mixed drinks. Working with honey supplied from Bermondsey Street Bees, bartenders from London, Edinburgh and Glasgow have been tasked with combining the two golden liquids of Aberfeldy 12 Year Old and honey to create their ultimate Barrels & Bees cocktail. As part of this year’s initiative, female bartenders - Aberfeldy ‘Queen Bees’ - will also go on to judge a Barrels & Bees competition alongside Aberfeldy’s UK Brand Ambassador this summer. Each serve will bring out the renowned honeyed notes of Aberfeldy 12 Year Old.

The source of honey matters, and that's why the Aberfeldy Barrels & Bees program was born – a celebration of the Aberfeldy’s signature honeyed character which supports urban beekeepers by promoting the use of responsibly farmed local honey and also educates on planting for honeybees and other pollinators.

Aberfeldy has partnered with Boisdale Belgravia and Boisdale Canary Wharf to create a Honey Highball terrace with a specially curated menu of four cocktails. From the Spiced Apple Mac – a mix of Aberfeldy 12 Year Old, Calvados, ginger wine, whisky barrel bitters – to the Jazzy D – a fresh blend of Aberfeldy 12 Year Old, peach liqueur, water and a peach garnish, both Boisdale Honey Highball Terraces will be open until the end of September.

SUMMER HONEY HIGHBALL COMPETITIONbr> This summer sees the launch of the inaugural Barrels & Bees competition, where 80 leading bartenders from leading bars including The Artesian Bar at The Langham; The Sun Tavern; Coupette; Tiger Lily; and Panda & Sons, will develop a cocktail that perfectly balances and captures the essence of Aberfeldy 12 Year Old and Bermondsey Street Bees honey. The entries will then be judged by the ‘Queen Bees’ of the bartending scene, including Leza Ulijaszek of Callooh Callay and Kaitlin Wilkes, Assistant Manager of the Blue Bar at The Savoy, alongside Aberfeldy UK Brand Ambassador, Andrea Montague. The final 20 cocktails will be shared on Instagram, where consumers will also be invited to have their say in choosing the final three who will win a visit to the home of Aberfeldy in the heart of Scotland.

Aberfeldy, nicknamed ‘The Golden Dram’ after its water source – the Pitilie Burn – also has notes of honey in every drop. This comes from the longer fermentation times, from the copper contact during distillation, and the casks used to mature the slumbering whisky over many, many years. Aberfeldy 12 Year Old, with its notes of butter toffee, spices and vanilla, is perfectly paired with any of the floral, grassy, fruity or woody notes of honey, which are dependent on the hive’s location and season.


  • 60ml ABERFELDY 12 Year Old
  • 45ml lemon juice
  • 30ml local honey syrup
    (To make honey syrup, combine equal parts local honey and hot water and stir until honey dissolves)
  • 4-6 leaves of soft herb (for example basil or mint)


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice
  • Shake thoroughly and pour into a small glass filled with ice
  • Garnish with you fresh herb of choice and enjoy!

You will find the current Aberfeldy whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, Amazon and Master of Malt

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