Whether looking to impress your guests or wet your whistle, discover 5 bottles for Burns Night, 25 November 2018. Robert Burns would have certainly approved
Brighten up Burns Night with Glenmorangie, often referred to as sunshine in a glass. This limited-edition, vibrant Glenmorangie Astar has been aged for a minimum of five years in bespoke oak casks from Missouri for a creamy and complex, spiced single malt with notes of almond and coconut. Glenorangie unveiled its first Astar in 2008 to world-acclaim and the 2017 iteration promises to be just as good.
Dalmore King Alexander III Scotch Whisky
Stamped with Dalmore's signature charging stag head, this ornamental bottle makes for the perfect table centrepiece on Burns Night. It honours the act of saving Scotland’s King Alexander III in 1263 and deftly blends six different malts, matured in wine, port, sherry, Madeira and bourbon casks. The result is a smooth and memorable spirit that shimmers with the courageous history of Scotland.
The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Whisky
Known as the Rolls-Royce of whisky, Macallan is a sought-after Scottish spirit beloved by collectors and enthusiasts alike. This fragrant, well-rounded single malt is the ideal companion for Burns Night, matured in sherry oak casks for a minimum of 12 years. Sherry notes mingle with fruit, spice, citrus, clove and vanilla, tempered by wood smoke flavours.
Raise the bar (no pun intended) with the masterful Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak, aged for a minimum of 18 years in bespoke Spanish sherry oak casks.
£70 or £260, harrods.com
Old Pulteney 25-Year-Old Single Malt
Pour an extra-special dram of Old Pulteney this month. Known as the maritime malt, it hails from the windswept isle of Wick in the far North of Scotland and is infused with a subtle, salty flavour. Introduced in October 2017, this luxurious 25-Years-Old single malt is a full-bodied blend of dark chocolate, rum-soaked raisins and zesty orange peel, tempered by exotic wood and spices. It will be the talking point of Burns Night.
Hakushu Suntory Japanese Whisky
While drinking a Japanese whisky on Burns Night may feel unorthodox, Hakushu Suntory deserves a place on our list for its invigorating, crisp flavour, matured in the Southern Japanese Alps. This verdant Highland rival is considered one of the best in the world, lauded for its ‘green and fresh' aroma, with notes of toasted barley and chopped almonds.
Highland Park 25-Year-Old Single Malt
Raise a glass to Robert Burns with a revered dram of Highland Park, artfully matured for 25 years in sherry and bourbon oak casks. This was titled Best Spirit in the World in 2013 by the Spirits Journal and it’s easy to see why – honey, fudge and dried fruits are balanced by nuts and plenty of spices for a masterful single malt, naturally crimson in colour and intensely delicious in taste.