Malts add flavour to Burns’ nights

Arran Malt Robert Burns Single Malt
Arran Malt Robert Burns Single Malt

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.