Raise a dram to the Scottish Bard

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Kirsten Blackie-Gault



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This Saturday, Scots and Scots at heart around the world will be celebrating the birthdate of our nation’s poet – Robert (or Rabbie) Burns.

Burns' poetry is synonymous with all things Scottish – including Scotch whisky. The Scots Bard himself was certainly fond of a dram or two, with many of his famous works referring to the ‘guid auld Scotch drink’ and he even praised whisky in arguably his most famous poem – Tam o’ Shanter – stating:

“Inspiring bold John Barleycorn [whisky]!
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi' tippeny [ale], we fear nae evil;
Wi' usquabae [whisky], we’ll face the devil”

If you are looking to raise a dram to Rabbie this weekend, we’ve asked our whisky specialist, Teddy Joseph, to select three brands – one for beginners looking to try whisky for the first time, one heavier expression for those who prefer a peated taste and – of course – one that will pair well with the ubiquitous haggis, neeps and tatties…

“Kicking off our Burns Night whisky trio, we have Auchentoshan American Oak. Triple distilled and matured in American bourbon casks, this is a versatile liquid that works just as well neat / over ice as it does in classic whisky-based cocktails. A good one for those who are looking to start their Scotch journey.

“Next up we have Laphroaig 10 Year Old. A truly divisive malt, this is a unique peated whisky which is known to ignite strong opinions! One of my favourites, it is a fantastic choice for those seeking a heavier dram.

“Finally, if you’re looking for a whisky that will go well with your Burns Supper, I would recommend Highland Park 12 Year Old. Distilled on the beautiful island of Orkney, this is the perfect blend of aromatic smoky peat, sweet heather honey and rich fruit cake. Ideal for pairing with food.”

Please enjoy your chosen whisky responsibly and visit drinkaware.co.uk for the facts.