Burns Night is a celebration of the life and work of legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Scots (and increasing numbers of non-Scots) spend 25 January enjoying a Burns supper, eating traditional food such as haggis, neep and tatties – washed down, of course, with whisky.
For those thinking of throwing their own celebration, we asked alcohol buyers (where do I apply?) to recommend their favourite whisky spirits for Burns Night.
[Read More: Burns Night Menu Recipes, From Haggis To Cranachan]
For The Traditionalist
If you’re after something traditional, Daniel Humphrey, founder of The Summerton Club, recommends Old Pulteney 12.
“Old Pulteney is a great example of a traditional Scotch distillery – having started producing in 1826, it crafts a beautiful and consistent drink that evolves amazingly as it ages,” he says. “Old Pulteney 12 is a great drop that doesn’t break the bank, offering everyone the chance to drink something delicious to celebrate Burns Night.”
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A Modern(Ish) Touch
The last few years have seen a reinvigoration of the Scotch whisky industry, with a number of new distilleries being established, explains Humphrey.
“The Isle of Arran Distillers are one of the first from the new wave,” he says. “They laid their initial barrels in 1995 on the north west of the island, where it benefits from mountain water cleaned through red granite and softened by the peat rich mountain slopes, to give its amazing whiskies a unique flavour.
“Now that Arran whisky has had the chance to age, it’s a great time to try it – I would recommend the Arran 18-year-old Single Malt.”
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Ronak Kataria, buyer at The Drinks Basket, describes Bunnahabhain 12-Year-Old Scotch Whisky as “a well-rounded example of what an Islay single malt should be”.
“This took a while to grow on me but the smell hooked me instantly, a bit of cherry, a bit of citrus, and throw in some sea air as…