Burns Night 2018 Whisky – Our Recommendations
Burn’s friends held the first in memoriam supper at Burns Cottage on 21 July 1801, which was the fifth anniversary of his death.
Also in 1801, the first, still extant, Burns Club was founded in Greenock. The first Burns night supper was held on 29 January 1802, but in 1803, it was discovered that his date of birth was actually 25 January 1759. Since then, suppers have been held on or about 25 January.
Burns suppers may be formal or informal. Both typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Burns in Address to a Haggis), Scotch whisky and the recitation of Burns’s poetry.
Formal suppers follow a standard order.
- Piping in guests
- Host’s welcome speech followed by the Selkirk Grace
Some hae meat an canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
- Soup course – usually a classic scotch soup.
- Haggis – is welcomed to the supper and given its own toast, with Scotch whisky. The haggis is traditionally accompanied by mashed potato and neeps (mashed swede).
- Followed by more Toasts, to the Lassies, the Lassies’ reply to the Laddies, and to Burns himself.
Toasts and more toasts!
As you can see, Scotch whisky has a significant part to play in any Burns night celebrations, so if you are going to do it then it makes sense to do it properly. We recommend the following whisky, one chosen from each region, but feel free to browse our online shop by your favourite Distillery if you prefer.
Whichever whisky you choose for your toasts and celebrations with loved ones, we hope you have a wonderful Burns Night 2018 and join you in looking forward to the year ahead.