Celebrate Burns Night with these Scottish Whiskies
Burns Night is an annual celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns (1759-1796), the Scottish poet who wrote "Auld Lang Syne." It occurs on January 25, which would have been his birthday.
There are many ways to celebrate this special day. You can eat haggis, listen to Scottish music or read the Bard's poems.
But here at BP DRINKS, we believe the best way to celebrate Burns Night is with some of Scotland's finest whiskies. Here are some of our favourites:
Auchentoshan Distillery is a Lowland single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. It is owned by The Edrington Group and produces more than 1 million cases of whisky each year.
Auchentoshan (pronounced "ock-un-tosh-un") has been awarded numerous accolades at international spirit competitions, including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters Awards.
The Fettercairn Distillery is located in the foothills of Scotland's Cairngorms, halfway between Aberdeen and Perth. The distillery was founded in 1824 by Sir Alexander Ramsay one of the Scottish landowners who campaigned to license Scotch Whisky distillation.
Today they produce a variety of different whiskies including 12-year-old, 18-year-old, 21-year-old and 25-year-old batches. As well as experimental batches like their Warehouse collection which was aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and re-charred Hungarian wine oak casks.
Tasting notes include aromas of Madagascan vanilla, poached pears and cracked pepper, leading to flavours of toffee, honey and nuttiness. Drinkers may also find notes of passion fruit, sweet oak wood and soft spice.
Glen Scotia Distillery
The Glen Scotia distillery is located in Campbeltown, Scotland. The production of whisky at this location has been documented as far back as 1779 - with the first bottle of whisky produced from the Glen Scotia distillery bearing a date of 1833.
A member of the Scotch Whisky Association, the company produces single malt and blended whiskies and in 2021, Glen Scotia 25-year-old was crowned Best Whisky in the World at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The Glen Scotia Distillery is home to more than just whisky - they also have two hives in their courtyard where resident bees create delicious honey!
Glengyle is an independent, family-run distillery based in Campbeltown that was reinstated in 2004 by Mitchell’s Glengyle Ltd and is home to Kilkerran Single Malt.
The name Kilkerran is derived from the Gaelic, “Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain” which is the name of the original settlement where Saint Kieran had his religious cell and Campbeltown now stands. Glengyle now produces a range of Kilkerran Single Malt whiskies, all natural in colour and non-chill filtered.
All Glengyle whisky is matured and bottled in Campbeltown. The award-winning Kilkerran Single Malt is produced in very limited quantities, they produce for just 3 months of the year and fill approximately 650 casks annually.
Speyside is a region of Scotland that is home to some of the nation's finest whiskies. It's also the largest malt whisky-producing area in the world, so you can be sure that if you ever plan on a visit, you'll have plenty of options.
Speyside distilleries are known for their lighter, more delicate flavours. If you are a Whisky-lover with an intricate and refined palate, these are your people!
Some examples of Speyside distilleries include Glenfiddich and Macallan (who both make single malts), Aberlour (which makes blended scotch), Benromach (which uses barley local barley and water from Chapelton Spring in the Romach Hills) and
Glenlivet (which produces both single malts and blends).
Find some of the best Scottish whisky brands to toast Burns Night, Scotland's National Day.
Burns Night is a traditional Scottish celebration that takes place on January 25th, the day Robert Burns was born.
The first Burns Night was held in New York City in 1859 and has since grown into a global tradition with celebrations held across the world including Australia, Japan and even Antarctica!