Burns Night Celebrations

Posted by Hannah Osbourne Monday 9th January 2023 0 Comment(s) Sláinte,

Burns Night Celebrations

The tradition of the Robbie Burns Dinner began five years after his death when a group of his devoted friends hosted a dinner to celebrate his life and work. The tradition rapidly caught on and was held around January 25th his birthday. That date, often referred to as Robert Burns Day, has become Scotland’s unofficial National Day. Garnering much more popularity then the official St. Andrews day! 

Now how to celebrate Robbie Burns Night? Traditionally it would be marked with a supper of Haggis, neeps and tatties (the 'neeps' means swede or turnip & 'tatties' refer to potatoes), readings of Roberts Burn’s work and of course a dram or two of scotch. 

We have not one but two Burns Night celebrations happing this January if you want to get out of the house and partake in this Scottish night of fun! 

Burns Night at the Headline Bar Dublin  - 

Tickets - €45
Join us on the 26th of January at the Headline Bar for an exciting Burns Night celebration! Each ticket includes a traditional three-course Scottish supper (with a veggie option) along with 4  whiskeys from Glenallachie, Tamdhu, Arran, and Kilchoman we know you'll love! The perfect way to celebrate the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns in style.
When? Thursday 26th January, 7:30 pm
Where? The Headline Bar, 56-57 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8

Burns Night at Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder Killarney – 

Tickets - €35
Join us on the 27th of January for an exciting Burns Night celebration. Each ticket includes a traditional three-course Scottish supper (with a veggie option) along with 4  whiskeys from Glenallachie, Tamdhu, Arran, and Kilchoman we know you'll love! Grab your kilt and you’re good to go! 
When? Friday 27th January, 7:30pm
Where? The Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, 93 New Street, Killarney

Thinking of hosting your own evening to honour the bard? Well, we most certainly have you covered for some of the best Scotch’s have a look at some of our top picks! 

Robert Burns Single Malt 

From the Isle of Arran distillery comes a delightful single malt dedicated to the famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns. This beautifully packaged and easy-drinking bottling is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation, making it perfect for Burns Night as well as any other time of year! Malty and sweet on the palate with an enticing spicy finish.
€43 | 43%

Monkey Shoulder 

Monkey Shoulder Scotch is a superb blended malt whisky from William Grant, made with single malts from three famous Speyside distilleries. A smooth, creamy, supple and very malty Scotch which works superbly well neat, over ice, or in whisky cocktails (where it really excels).
€50.50 | 40% 

Kilchoman Sanaig 

Winner of Master Single Malt: Islay – No Age Statement at the Scotch Whisky Masters 2022! A no-age-statement Kilchoman that has been matured in both ex-Bourbon and Sherry barrels. The latter adding richness and aparent maturity giving this whisky a mouthfeel normally only found in much older whiskies. Kilchoman's neighbours on the island of Islay could learn a few things from this expression. The heavily peated style of the distillery works in perfect harmony with the dried fruit and spice flavours from the sherry casks, something that can be hard to get right.
€69 | 46%

Glendronach Traditionally Peated 

A traditionally peated release made to honour The GlenDronach’s early whisky-making heritage, laid down by their founder James Allardice almost two centuries ago. It was traditional practice in the Highlands to burn peat in the kiln towards the end of the barley malting, creating a rich and warm, earthy smoke. Matured in Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso sherry, and Port casks, this rare peated expression of The GlenDronach presents notes of Highland toffee, treacle, and smoked bramble, with a lingering, rich and earthy finish.
€76 | 48%

Glenallachie Cask Strength 10 Year Old Batch 8

The eighth batch from the award-winning Speyside distillery. These releases have been firm favourites in the whisky scene, most notably the fourth installment which was awarded World’s Best Single Malt (World Whiskies Awards, 2021). Similar to previous batches, Glenallachie Cask Strength Batch 8 was aged in a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry puncheons, Rioja barriques and virgin oak casks. Each cask was personally selected and blended by Master Distiller Billy Walker.
€85 | 56.8%

Glengoyne 18 Year Old 

This was introduced in 2012 as the replacement to the 17 year old. It has been very well received and is a full bodied but completely unpeated malt. Lots of sherry cask influence coming from a good proportion of maturation in first fill oloroso casks.
€165 | 43%

We hope that this list has given you a little inspiration and remember not to forget your kilts, bagpipes & sporrans! In the words of Robbie Burn - 

‘Freedom and whisky gang thegither,
Tak aff your dram!’

An apt toast for us all, on 25 January!

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