Burns night drams

But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer, Gie her a Haggis!
Douglas Laing & Co.'s Timorous Beastie and a traditional Burns Supper
Douglas Laing & Co.'s Timorous Beastie and a traditional Burns Supper
Celebrating the life and work of Scottish national poet Robert Burns, Burns Night on 25 January is certainly one of the most anticipated events in the Scottish culinary calendar. With the big night approaching, seven brands suggest their favourite drams to pair with your neeps and tatties!


Independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co.’s Timorous Beastie is a natural-colour, non-chill-filtered, small-batch blend of some of the best Highland single malts, including Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne. This whisky is named in honour of Robert Burns’ famous poem, ‘To A Mouse?’, and is bursting with sweet vanilla, malted barley, meringue, honey and citrus flavours.

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery has created an exclusive Burns Night Whisky Tasting Kit including three of its most popular whiskies and a virtual tasting session with Bacardi’s advocacy host, Craig Reed, who advises on how to pair the drams with traditional Burns Night dishes.

Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond Whiskies are the perfect Burns Supper companions. Part of the Loch Lomond Group, Glen Scotia has a particular connection to the Great Scot – Campbeltown was home to Robert Burns’ lover, Mary Campbell, about whom he wrote his famous poem 'Highland Mary'. A great introduction to Glen Scotia is the Double Cask single malt (46%) – wonderfully easy-drinking, with notes of toffee and salted caramel and a sherried finish. For an insight into the Loch Lomond range, try their 12 Years Olds – the original, showcasing the distillery’s signature combination of fruit, honey and soft smoke flavours; the Inchmurrin, a fruitier dram; and Inchmoan, a smokier and more full-bodied expression. All are available here.

Glenmorangie and Ardberg, both owned by Moët Henessey, have widely-available wintery expressions at the ready for all kinds of Burns Night dramming. Ardbeg Wee Beastie, just five years old, showcases this distillery’s feistier side, intensely smoky as ever and with notes of cracked black pepper, tar and salty meats. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s Glenmorangie’s 13-year-old A Tale of Winter, dressed up in a cozy Christmas-jumper label and full of honeyed cocoa notes. Or, if cocktails are more your thing, try X by Glenmorangie, billed as “made for mixing”!

Aldi Scotland has unveiled a Burns Night Specialbuy range, now available in all 102 Scottish stores, which includes Macaulay’s haggis for just 99p and a Specially Selected Chieftain Haggis for only £2.99. Those looking for a twist on Scotland’s national dish can opt for the Punjab Pakora’s Haggis Pakora (£1.49), Curried Haggis Bites by Simon Howie (£1.99), or Bell’s Steak and Haggis Pie (£2.99), all included in the retailer’s locally-sourced Best of Scotland range along with many other products. And, of course, let’s not forget the whisky – the retailer’s 12-year-old Glen Marnoch Speyside single malt has been reduced to just £17.99 in the lead-up to the big night.