If you’re planning to roll out the tartan carpet on January 25, here are some single malt whiskies to pipe in a classic Burns night menu...
A whiff of stardom surrounds Arran Malt Robert Burns Single Malt (£29.99, 70cl, www.arranwhisky.com). The official Burns whisky, it’s smooth and delicate with floral notes and a deliciously creamy mouthfeel, it’s rounded off by sweet, nutty fruits, vanilla and spice on the finish.
A new release from Ardmore which produces some of the smokiest malt on Speyside, the distillery cite The Ardmore Legacy (currently £20 from £30, 70cl, Tesco) as a good introduction to peated, single malts. The new-look label offers a nose of heather smoke, with toffee, caramel and honey mixed with light charcoal notes.
An enticing smoky character makes a wonderful match with the spicy notes in haggis, and single Islay malts such as Lagavulin 16 Year Old Whisky (£46.50, 70cl, www.31dover.com) are one of the most intense, peaty malts available. Rich and pungent with smoke and seaweed on the nose, a beguiling medicinal character and subtle sweetness on the finish, it’s the perfect Scotch to sling back with haggis, neeps and tatties.
But if the thought of a wee dram laced with dense, peaty smoke makes you want to run to the hills, don’t despair.
Try Singleton Spey Cascade Single Malt Whisky, Speyside (£34.50, 70cl Waitrose) which has been finished in bourbon and sherry casks for an additional flavour note that’s easy on the palate. Smooth, sweet and appealing with well-rounded flavours punctuated by subtle apple notes and sweet spice, it will appeal to a broad range of drinkers.