With the advent of Burns Night this Sunday it seemed prudent to suggest a few of our favorite drams with which to toast your Haggis. Originating in the 18th Centuary, the first Burns Night Supper was held in memoriam by friends of the late poet on July the 21st 1802, the anniversary of his death, though from 1803 the event was moved to commemorate his birth on the 25th of January.
Steeped in history and tradition, Burns Nights can be a stately affair with numerous toasts and speeches, though less formal versions do exist but will always comprise of three main pillars – whiskey, haggis and Burns’s poetry. If you are planning a supper for the 25th, you can read the full ‘order of the supper’ here. So without further ado, to the whiskeys;
This highland whiskey is light and delicate, aged in Bourbon Virgin Oak casks brings a vibrant and enticing sweetness. Aromas of vanilla, mixed citrus, peppery pine and green apples. Broadly appealing and accessible.
This Islay malt is a rich amber in colour and as the name suggest smokey, and peppery with marine hints and citrus notes. Barley and a touch of seaweed to the taste with a lingering peatiness and spice. A bold bottle!
Another Highland produced by Scotland’s smallest distillery, this is truly handcrafted malt. Golden in the glass with a delicious aroma of sugared almonds, rich fruits and a hint of Oloroso sherry. A subtle, rounded and creamy dram.
Limited to a run of 639 bottles, this Lowland single malt is aged in bourbon casks is pale straw with hints of green and essentially meadow like. Water brings out cereal notes with the predominant flavours being lemony and slightly ascerbic. Medium bodied and dry.