Aberfeldy continues roll out of its Barrels & Bees programme

Aberfeldy continues roll out of its Barrels & Bees programme

A series of venues in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh create limited edition honey-laced cocktails to raise awareness of the importance of the honey bee

News | 23 Aug 2021

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Nicknamed ‘The Golden Dram’, single malt Scotch whisky producer Aberfeldy is continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability with its annual Barrels & Bees programme.

The Barrels & Bees programme unites local urban beekeepers and apiaries with bartenders around the world, setting out to raise awareness of the importance of the honey bee through a series of workshops. This year’s iteration is in partnership with the Bermondsey Street Bees.

The next Barrels & Bees masterclasses will take place on the 25 August and 9 September and will culminate in a series of honey laced cocktails from 80 bartenders across the country.

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 Years 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.

This summer sees the launch of the Summer Honey Highball Competition, where 80 leading bartenders of bars including The Artesian Bar at The Langham; The Sun Tavern; Coupette; Tiger Lily; and Panda & Sons, will develop a cocktail that balances and captures the essence of Aberfeldy 12 Years Old and Bermondsey Street Bees honey. The entries will then be judged by 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.

Herbed Honey Smash

Herbed Honey Smash


60ml ABERFELDY 12 Year Old
45ml lemon juice
30ml local honey syrup*
4-6 leaves of soft herb (for example basil or mint)


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

*To make honey syrup, combine equal parts local honey and hot water and stir until honey dissolves
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