Our favourites: 5 Whisky’s for Burn’s Night
22nd January 2021
Favourites from our Group Bar Manager, Marta.
Raise a dram with us to Robbie Burns!
There is no such time as a bad time to sit back and enjoy a Scotch Whisky, but there is arguably no better time to raise a dram than on Burn’s Night. You may not be able to don your tartan and head out for your annual céilidh (we will be doing this at home anyway!) but ensuring you have the finest whisky in hand is a must this year.
We have asked our Group Bar Manager, Marta, to share her top 5 Whisky’s to enjoy this Burn’s Night. Normally an evening filled with poetry, food, dancing, plenty of drink and all round good fun. However you are planning on celebrating, we think this Burn’s Night is about trying something new whilst you raise a glass to Robbie Burns himself.
Ardberg 10 Year Old
The Smoky One
Ardberg has been made for over 200 years on the remote Scottish Isle of Islay, despite it’s remote location it is a whisky which is worshipped around the world. Founded by John Macdougall in 1815 and by 1887 they were producing 1.1 million litres of whisky a year!
As for the liquid, it tastes like bonfire night but personified, the smokiness is through the roof in a really good way. On first sip it comes across as quite savoury but then notes of vanilla and citrus come through to finish. The Tom Jones of whisky! If Tom Jones was Scottish and saltier, that is.
The Extra Special One
Along the tranquil shores of Dornoch Firth lies the Glenmorangie Distillery where they have been crafting whisky since 1843, when farmer William Matheson and his wide Anne followed their dreams and it has been made in the same spot, ever since.
This whisky is inspired by the simple pleasures found in enjoying a freshly ground cup of coffee and is packed full of all the flavours you would associated with this from malt, chocolate and dark fruits to tobacco, honey and nuts. The price tag isn’t for the faint hearted but it is definitely well worth it! A one-of-a-kind whisky.
Bruichladdich Classsic Laddie
The Good Looking One
From one of the most progressive Hebridean distilleries and the whisky capital of the world – The Island of Islay. This scotch is distilled from 100% Scottish-grown barley making a young and modern but rich and balanced liquid. Each batch is unique and subtly different but filled with fruit, toffee and malt flavours with a lingering burn. Best enjoyed with company and the branding is pretty unique too.
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old
The Fruity One
Matured in traditional oak barrels for 14 years and then ‘finished’ in casks that previously held Caribbean rum making it very unique. As a result this whisky speaks vanilla, tropical fruit with hints of traditional toffee. The distillery is nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Dufftown, Speyside and stays true to its Five Rare Crafts of making whisky; home-grown barley, its own malting floor, traditional copper stills, cooperage and an expert malt master. Malting floors are now few and far between and at Balvenie their malt men still turn the barley by hand, an age old dying skill. Definitely something to love even more about this whisky!
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
The Lendendary One
Another belter from the Isle of Islay. Nestled in the village of Lagavulin, the distillery dates from to 1816 with breath-taking views of Lagavulin Bay. This whisky is very rich, smoky and peaty with some sweet fruit and spice. A true legend to whisky lovers and rumoured very inaccurately to be one of a five a day.