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.
1) Dalmore King Alexander III, 40% – buy online
£164.99, FREE WHISKY BIBLE WITH EVERY PURCHASE!
The Dalmore is a quintessential Highland Scotch whisky. The story of The Dalmore starts all the way back in 1263- it was in this year that Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, saved King Alexander III from the fury of a charging stag. Matured in Cabernet Sauvignon, Madeira, Sherry, Marsala, Kentucky bourbon AND Port Casks! Each cask gives its own flavour notes, delivering a unique complex single malt Whisky revered by connoisseurs.
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.
£74.99- only 3 bottles available
Treat yourself this Burns night to this stunning dram from the Arran Distillery. A relatively young distillery having only been established in 1995, Arran have really hit their stride as some of the older whiskies have reached maturity and been released. This 18 year old is incredible value when you consider most are £100+ and this Sherry cask finish Malt is absolutely singing. A medley of caramelised orange notes, baked peach and toffee spice all backed up with delicious charred oak in the finish.
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…
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