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In praise of heather honey

In praise of heather honey

Noble Isle is used to travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles to secure the finest ingredients, and the peerless heather honey from the inhospitable highlands of Perthshire and Deeside is no exception. For a brief spell every autumn, the region’s bee-keepers relocate their hives to the ‘fragrant hills of purple heather’, as they are described in the celebrated poem Bonnie Auld Scotland. Since there is no other food source at this altitude or time of year, the result is a pure, distinctive and absolutely unique honey packed with iron, protein and anti-oxidants.

Cave paintings prove that honey has been enjoyed as a food source for at least 8,000 years, and its medicinal properties have long been appreciated. Egyptian, Greek and Roman writers make extensive reference to it as a natural antiseptic used to treat cuts, burns and sore throats. Mead, or honey wine, is the oldest fermented beverage, far antedating human settlement and organised agriculture. It became extremely popular in the British Isles during the middle ages, and the addition of herbs and spices to create the much superior metheglin lent it further medicinal qualities. One of the finest of all honeys, heather honey is today highly valued for its rich, smoky and almost toffee-like fragrance – something that makes it as attractive an ingredient for Noble Isle’s hand wash and lotion as do its benefits to the skin and health.


The Balvenie Master Awards 2012

The Balvenie Master Awards 2012

We were honoured to attend The Balvenie Masters of Craft Awards 2012 at The Savoy Hotel, hosted by David Stewart, The Balvenie Malt Master. We were taken on a magical journey of discovery across the UK to celebrate the very best of British craftsmanship and meet some of the greatest textile, glass, metal, leather, food, wood, stone and whisky makers in the country. Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs helped present the awards and paid homage to time honoured traditions and the great talent present in the room.

The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, established in 1892, are true masters of whisky making. They still grow their own barley and still employ a team of coopers to tend to all the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills. We were delighted when they agreed to work in partnership with us to produce our iconic Whisky & Water Hand Wash and Hand Lotion.

Blended into our distinctive whisky inspired fragrance of warm vanilla, cedarwood and amber fragrance is barley extract harvested from The Balvenie. Barley (Hordeum vulgare) contains a wealth of proteins and B-group vitamins, which help promote healthy skin condition and tone. We have also used pure spring water sourced from The Robbie Dhu Springs that flow in the Conval Hills just behind the distillery.

Guests enjoyed using our Whisky & Water hand wash and lotion in The Savoy bathrooms and everyone received a hand wash and lotion duo in their event goodie bags along with a small bottle of Balvenie’s finest 12 year old Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A perfect end to a perfect night.

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Noble Isle and The Chelsea Flower Show

Noble Isle and The Chelsea Flower Show

We were delighted to be invited by Alex Denman to work with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show at their exclusive launch party. We created a Noble Isle sanctuary where VIP guests enjoyed hand massages from therapists using our new collection of luscious hand lotions.

A particular favourite at the party was our soothing Heather Honey Hand Lotion made with extracts of Heather Honey from Heather Hills Farm in Perthshire, Scotland. The iconic ‘bonny bells’ of Scottish heather turns the highland slopes into a fragrant sea of purple throughout the summer months creating a glorious feast for the hard working bees of Perthshire.  Due to the high altitude, the bees only collect pollen from the heather which naturally flavours the honey with a distinct sweet and smoky fragrance. Our skin nourishing heather honey extract is blended with an evocative fine fragrance of white blooms, jasmine, magnolia, neroli and a squeeze of grapefruit creating a luxurious golden nectar wash and indulgent nurturing lotion that leaves a lasting impression.


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