On 25 January 1759, poet, Robert (Rabbie) Burns was born. To celebrate, the Scottish hold an annual supper to toast to the life, works and spirit of one of their favourite sons. Though this celebration was originally a small gathering at Burns’ cottage, it has now grown to become quite the social occasion for many expats living as far afield as New Zealand. Suppers can range from an informal gathering of friends to a huge, formal dinner full of pomp and circumstance.
Be it formal or informal, the occasion typically includes the serving of haggis and the recitation of works by, about and in the spirit of the poet. Towards the end of the night Scotch whisky is served so the guests can toast, while the climax of the evening sees attendees stand to sing Auld Lang Syne.
Whether you choose to celebrate Burns Night with friends, attend a formal dinner or just want to raise a glass, one thing’s for sure; no Burns celebration is complete without some fine Scotch whisky. So dust off your tartan, pipe in your haggis and raise a wee dram with some of the best pocket-friendly Scotch whiskies around.