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21st January 2021 by Rachel Wallhouse
What started as a small memorial dinner by the friends and family of Robert Burns to celebrate the great Scottish Poets life and work has now morphed into a nationwide celebration of all things Scottish. It’s a glorious way to break up the tedium of January and a fitting end if you have been tempted by ‘Dry January’. Continue reading to see our top whisky picks, plus some fabulous food and wine pairings from Matt!
To help you celebrate, we have put a handy list together of some of our favourite whiskies. For those that didn’t know we don’t just do wine, we also have a great range of spirits including 100+ whiskies.
2) Jura 21 Year Old Tide, 46.7% – buy online
£144.99- FREE WHISKY BIBLE WITH EVERY PURCHASE!
Jura is a small island off the West coast of Scotland. Rough, rugged and elemental, Jura is only 60 miles from the mainland, yet feels like an entire world away! Despite being very close to the Isle of Islay, and even taking part in Islay’s annual whisky festival, Jura malt has a very different flavour profile. Tide is a 21 year old single malt with a dual maturation. Firstly, the whisky rested in American white oak bourbon barrels before it was transferred to hand-selected virgin American white oak casks, which imparted a slightly more spicy character. Bottled in a frosted glass bottle, along with a pretty funky presentation box.
4) Douglas Laing ‘Timorous Beastie’, 46.8%
£39.99- only 4 bottles available- buy online
The original Timorous Beastie, immortalised in Robert Burns’ famous Scots poem “To a Mouse” was a timid, little field mouse… the whisky in this bottle is certainly not that! Bottled at 46.8% with no chill filtering or caramel this is a glorious blend of some of the Highlands finest malts including Blair Athol, Dalmore, Glengoyne and Glen Garioch. A big and bold Blended Malt matured in Bourbon casks and showing a medley of sweet vanilla, light spicy barley, a touch of soft brown sugar and then long lingering toasty oak notes in the finish. Raise a glass to Robbie Burns and his wee Timorous Beastie…
Yealands Single Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2019 £16.49
Grown on the coastal vineyards of the Awatere Valley, the offshore winds influence the growing conditions of the grapes. Aromas of stone fruit but with a fresh twist of white pepper. On the palate there are similar flavours with a touch of richness but finishing with a fresh burst of minerality. This would be a perfect balance for the aromatic herbs and spices used in Haggis.
Campuget ‘Invitation’ Rose Syrah/Grenache 2019 £8.99
Another wine grown near the Mediterranean coast near Marseilles, the combination of Syrah and Grenache give this wine a hint of red fruit without too much sweetness, but again a hint of spice on the background balances well with the Haggis spices.
The Other Wine Co. Grenache 2016 £17.99
The other label of the well-known Aussie winemaking duo of Shaw+Smith. This wine is classic Grenache, loads of bramble and red fruits. It only spends a minimal time in oak so as to maintain bright colours and vibrancy. Fresh acidity will cut through the richness of the meal and a glass for after by the fire!!