Burns Night celebrates the birthday of Scotland’s favourite son on 25th January every year and there’s plenty of traditional pomp that comes with a classic Burns Night Dinner and alongside the meal itself you have to celebrate Burns Night with a dram or two.
Whether you’re planning a traditional Burns Night Dinner or you’re just having a fun get together, it will be made all the more memorable with a fine malt whisky or two. Here we have a choice of five different fantastic whiskies perfect for the special night.
One of Islay’s most famous and premium whiskies, Lagavulin’s standard single malt is a wonderful way of kicking off a celebration of Robbie Burns. It is well criticised and is always rated highly in the whisky world with several gold medals and double gold medals. It’s a huge popular choice for all kinds of occasions and its overwhelming peat smoke richness makes it one you’ll keep going back to.
Talisker Port Ruighe
Peaty and rich in smoke this Talisker is matured in separate oak casks, one which is normal and one which has been charred and then it is finished in port casks which gives it the amber glow which makes it look all the more appealing in the glass. It’s the perfect dram for relaxing at the end of an enjoyable Burns Night, sitting in front of a fire.
Caol Ila 12-Year-Old Single Malt
Another Islay distilled whisky which is surprisingly light and stands out distinctively from others in its class. Smooth on the tastebuds, there is still the smokiness that both Caol Ila and Islay are known for and this 12-year-old malt is perfect for at least one of those traditional Burns Night toasts.
Arran – Robert Burns Single Malt
Named after the man himself this single malt couldn’t be missed from the list. Endorsed by the World Burns Federation this malt is produced especially for the night in question and is produced in Arran’s only distillery. The malt is packed with zesty notes, malt-filled power and it’s the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Burns Night dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties.
Bladnoch 10-Year-Old Lowland Single Malt
A malt that lends itself perfectly for enjoying as the Bard’s tales are enjoyed after the main meal, this Bladnoch malt is the closest you’ll find produced to where Burns was born. It’s a very small distillery which produces whisky that doesn’t disappoint and this malt is lightly sherried and a perfect way to end a fantastic evening