With the New Year’s celebrations seeming like a distant memory, it’s time to turn our thoughts to the upcoming 2020 Burns Night celebrations. If you’re not acquainted with Burn’s Night, then here’s a quick history lesson before we continue…
Burn’s Night (held on January 25th) celebrates the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns and is most commonly enjoyed with friends, haggis, poetry and of of course, whisky! A ‘Burns Supper’ was originally held in July 1801, when nine of Burn’s close friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of his death. They had such a good time that they decided to do it again the following year on his birthday in January, and so the tradition continues.
So, if you’re planning a little Burn’s Night supper of your own, then you’ll need to ensure you have the finest whisky to raise a toast with, the Scots take their whisky very seriously after all!
Glengoyne 21 Year Old – Sherry Cask – A gold medal winning single malt scotch, Glengoyne 21 was matured in European oak sherry casks for 21 years before being bottled with all natural colours. This contains lots of oak flavour, as well as barley, dark fruits and winter spice with a touch of cider.
Glenmorangie 18 Year Old – Having been a firm favourite of the Glenmorangie range for many years, Glenmorangie 18 Year Old now has this superb contemporary new bottle to complement its tremendous taste. A true classic, this 18 year old has notes of Greek yogurt with honey and cream on the nose, and a satisfying palate of citrus fruits, lychees and superb creamy honey. Heaven in a bottle.
Laphroaig Lore – The brainchild of distillery manager John Campbell, Laphroaig Lore is reputed to be the richest ever Laphroaig. This wonderful Islay single malt Scotch is richly peaty, and features a short and dry finish with a sweet aftertaste.
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old – Aberfeldy 12 year old is a beautiful honey coloured single malt scotch with aromas of chocolate, lime and nuts. This delightful scotch has a creamy taste with flavours of grape, vanilla, lime and gooseberry. Forms part of the Dewar’s Aberfeldy range of tasteful whiskies.
Not forgetting the man himself was honoured by Arran with their Robert Burns Blend – Ayrshire’s most famous patron is given the greatest tribute of all with this Arran malt, a loving homage to Scotland’s poet laureate. Burns didn’t hail from the actual island but his native Alloway was close enough, and the bard himself would surely have approved of this wonderfully warm and creamy expression.
So join us in raising a dram… to Burns night! Have a fantastic one