Hosting a Burns Night in your home can be easy and fun. Let’s face it, a night of Scottish poems and songs accompanied by Scotch Whisky is a great way to beat the winter blues.
If you are adventurous perhaps you might want to make our modern haggis recipe.
For many Whisky is the star of the show for Burns Night. You need not go overboard as a modest selection of Whiskies will do just fine. If you are looking for inspiration please visit our Spirits Review section and click on “Scotland.”
Here is what we suggest for a tasty trio of Scotch Whiskies for your Burns Night.
anCnoc cutter Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Brilliant, pale straw color. The nose is very expressive with the expected wave of thick, phenolic peat smoke met by anCnoc’s classic scents of honey, butterscotch, toasted grain, roasted nuts, and ripe orchard fruits. The palate fully concurs with the nose as the juicy apples and pears take center stage with waves of peat smoke, lovely brown spices, and rich malt notes that show accents of salinity and citrus on the finish. Medium to full-bodied with generous fruit and malt supported with loads of peat and spice while delivering perfect balance and a lush texture. (see the complete review)
Speyburn Arranta Casks Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Brilliant, deep golden color. The aromatics are absolutely gorgeous with gobs of butter toffee, toasted coconut, wild honey, brown baking spices featuring nutmeg, with accents of butterscotch, roasted nuts, and vanilla bean. The palate fully concurs with the nose delivering a lush but spicy malt and caramel-driven core with flanking notes of baking spice, oak, brown butter, and bright citrus accents on the finish. Full-bodied with generous malt and spice notes while maintaining a perfect balance with bright acidity and the perfect dose of oak. (see the complete review)
Balblair Vintage 2003 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Very pale straw color. The nose is very seductive and complex offering scents of honey, white peach, apricot, toasted grain, butterscotch, citrus zest, lavender, and nutmeg. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a lush, fruity core with waves of fresh herbs, honeycomb, and orange with subtle cask notes on the finish. Medium to full-bodied with a rich, silky palate that while generous with fruit and grain never seems heavy as it’s ideally balanced with bright, clean acidity. In today’s market a Whisky of this class and style being sold for under $60 is a rare and beautiful thing. (see the complete review)
Glencairn Whisky Glasses
Glencairn Whisky glasses are simply the gold standard. I conduct Whiskey trainings for both the trade and consumers and I always use Glencairn glasses as they provide the best nosing and tasting possible. If you want more information on the iconic Glencairn glass visit our Glencairn page.
Robert Burns Poems
No Burns Night could be complete without reading e few of the classic Burns poems and songs. If your library is lacking a Robert Burns collection I suggest the book below as it hits all of the highlights.
Haggis! (in a can)
Haggis in a can may seem like hearsay to some but if your in a pinch, don’t have a friend smuggling a true haggis in their checked bag, or if our haggis recipe seems a but daunting…
If you have yet to try shortbread with Whisky, well you don’t know what you’re missing. Find one of our favorite shortbreads, Walker Shortbread.