What a summer we’ve had and there’s still all to play for. I do love an Indian summer when the days are warm and the nights turn chilly. Whatever happens, I intend to stay in sandals until October at least. I’m celebrating the season in lots of ways and one of them is by offering you this delightful all vegan summer bundle giveaway. A bottle of Rock Rose summer edition gin, two packs of Doisy & Dam’s new chocolate snaps and a couple of jars of Pip & Nut’s special edition chocolate orange almond butter.
Rock Rose Summer Edition Gin
If you’re partial to a G&T, you’re in for a treat with this Rock Rose premium Scottish gin. Dunnet Bay Distillers is a craft distillery based in the Bay of Dunnet, Caithness which is found in the dramatic far north of Scotland – a land famed for its distilleries. In their own words: “we hand distil slowly, thoughtfully and passionately to create our exceptional products“.
The name Rock Rose which is given to the gins produced at the distillery comes from the first botanical the husband and wife team foraged along the cliffs of the Pentland Firth – rose root (Rhodiola rosea).
The gin comes in a heavy stoppered wax sealed stoneware bottle that makes a satisfying pop when you open it. I’ve rather fallen for the bottle; it’s beautifully decorated in green and is quite different to your average glass gin bottle. It’s also batch numbered with the name of the distiller and date.
The drink is described as a “citrusy summer gin with light herbal notes”. I’m not a gin connoisseur, but I detected a citrus aroma as soon as I opened the bottle. Unusually, the pronounced citrus notes come not from citrus peel, as you might expect, but herbs grown in the distillery gardens. Lemon balm, lemon verbena and lemon thyme all go into the mix and give a heady summer scent and flavour. I served this Rock Rose summer edition with a light tonic and a sprig of lemon thyme, as recommended by the distillery and thoroughly enjoyed sipping it in the garden, as did CT.
£37.50 for a 700ml bottle (and at time of writing, there are only 105 left in stock).
Doisy & Dam Chocolate Snaps
I’ve had the joy of trying Doisy & Dam chocolate before. It’s excellent stuff. If you haven’t been as lucky, read my review of some of their superfood chocolate bars to find out what delights await. These snaps, however, are something else.
The snaps come in two delightful flavours: maple, toasted rice & pink salt and coconut & lucuma. They’re both made from single origin Colombian 70% chocolate and contain high quality superfood ingredients. Both flavours are gluten-free and suitable for vegans. The chocolate comes in the form of shards of varying sizes, perfect for just popping into your mouth, snapping into smaller pieces and sharing. The finish is rustic, but the taste is regal. Open the packs and breathe in. You’ll get a lungful of coconut from one and a scent of almost smoky maple from the other.
Get snap happy and enter this summer bundle giveaway for your chance to try these flavoursome crunchy delights.
£5.50 for 2 x 100g packs
Maple, Toasted Rice & Pink Salt
These were my favourite snaps with their rich, sweet and salty flavour and almost smoky notes. The chocolate tastes a bit like salted caramel, but with the extra complexity of pure Canadian maple syrup. The toasted rice adds a most welcome crunch. Pink salt comes from the Himalayas and is said to be particularly good for the specific trace minerals it carries. CT declared these snaps to be very moreish, as he thrust his hand back into the bag for seconds. I did say they were good for sharing.
Coconut & Lucuma
Warning! This product contains coconut and you’ll notice it. It’s very coconutty and a real tropical delight, reminiscent of sun-kissed, palm-fringed, balmy beaches. These snaps are more chewy than crunchy with plenty of coconut flakes to keep you going. There’s a slight caramel undertone from the lucuma which not only has a natural sweetness, but is rich in antioxidants and other good things too. We thought they’d make a wonderful post-curry treat out on the patio on a warm summer evening.
Pip & Nut Chocolate Orange Almond Butter
Pip & Nut make some of the best nut butters I’ve tasted and I’ve tried a few. They’re all natural and no orang-utans are harmed in the making, ie no palm oil (or any other oil) is used. The basic nut butters are made with just nuts and sea salt. However, Pip & Nut specialise in flavoured nut butters too. Think crunchy maple peanut butter, honey almond butter and chocolate hazelnut butter. Don’t say you’re not tempted.
This limited edition chocolate orange almond butter is the business. I was slightly concerned as to whether I was going to like it; orange seemed a bit too off piste somehow, but I shouldn’t have worried. When I opened the jar, the scent of orange arose to be sure, but also that of roasted almonds. And when I actually tried the nut butter, it tasted fantastic. It’s strongly nutty with subtle chocolate notes and a light but pleasing orange after tone. Try this on your toast and give marmalade a run for its money. Pip suggests slathering it on pancakes and I’m finding that an extremely tempting option too.
My only concern about these nut butters are that the jars are plastic. I would be much happier if the material used was glass, but I guess this would mean increased shipping costs. It’s hard to get everything right.
£23.50 for a pack of six 225g jars
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