With Christmas, a distant memory and spring a long way off, the end of January isn’t a traditionally cheerful time unless you follow Scottish tradition and throw a party to rival Hogmanay on the 25th. Burns Night is a celebration of the great Robert Burns, national hero and Scotland’s most beloved poet, and a great excuse to shake off the winter blues.
James McTaggart, Master Distiller at Isle of Arran Distillers who produce the world’s only official Robert Burns Malt, is well versed in how to throw a brilliant Burns Night celebration. Here he shares his top choice of whiskies to accompany the festivities.
When you go to the website of Wemyss (pronounced as Weems) malts, you read the following:
The Wemyss family have had a longstanding passion for malt whisky and their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig’s) built his first distillery on Wemyss land.
And the passion they write about, you will find this in every whisky they release. And their range of hand crafted malts was conceived with the aim of making them more accessible and understandable.
A while ago, I was talking to Femke Tijtsma Sijtsma, one of the rare whisky women in my list of contacts. I don’t mean to be degrading or so, it’s just a fact that for some or other reason, women are a rarity in the whisky world.
Bowmore, ‘the first Islay Single Malt since 1779’, introduceert Bowmore Small Batch, de eerste permanente toevoeging aan het Bowmore assortiment sinds 2006. Small Batch is gerijpt op uitsluitend ‘first & second fill’ bourbon vaten en wordt gebotteld op 40% alc.
I received a lovely package with a fingerlicking and tongue stroking content from Bowmore and British chocolatier Montezuma’s.
Bowmore and Montezuma’s have joined together for a special collaboration. The challenge: To discover the answer to an age-old question “if Bowmore was a chocolate bar, what would it taste like?”.
I was very enthusiastic ( read curious ) about the Bowmore 18yr. I couldn’t wait to try this one. A bottle was standing for so long in sight. I just couldn’t resist the temptation any more …