The best Burns Night tipples

Bobby Burns Hot Toddy made with The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak, 70cl, £34.49, www.thewhiskyexc

Bobby Burns Hot Toddy made with The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak, 70cl, £34.49, www.thewhiskyexchange.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA

In a life much storied, Robert Burns wrote hundreds of poems and folk songs, and Friday (January 25) is a great excuse to raise a glass to Scotland’s most famous bard.

Highland Park 18 Year Old, 70cl, £69.99, ww.thewhiskyshop.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Highland Park 18 Year Old, 70cl, £69.99, ww.thewhiskyshop.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA

For a Friday night snifter to launch an evening of poetry and ditties, a whisky cocktail is a fitting tribute to the great man.

Robert Burns Single Malt, 70cl, £29.99, www.arranwhisky.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Robert Burns Single Malt, 70cl, £29.99, www.arranwhisky.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA

Smooth and warming, a hot toddy made with The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak (£34.49, 70cl, www.thewhiskyexchange.com), with its rich oakiness and lick of spice, will get the party started.

Ballantine's 17 Year Old, 70cl, £45.95, Thewhiskyexchange.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Ballantine's 17 Year Old, 70cl, £45.95, Thewhiskyexchange.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA

And to continue the celebration of his birthdate, here are some more hearty suggestions that chime with the occasion.

Bobby Burns hot toddy


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50ml The Glenlivet 15 YO, juice of quarter of a lemon, 3 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, pinch of vanilla, runny honey to taste

Cut the lemon into four pieces and crush the lemon into a rock glass. Add the honey, cloves, vanilla, whisky and top with hot water. Stir well, then add cinnamon stick and garnish with a lemon zest.

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Whisky is the traditional drink for Burns suppers and a whiff of stardom surrounds Robert Burns Single Malt (£29.99, 70cl, www.arranwhisky.com). A special edition of The Arran Malt produced by whisky producer Isle of Arran Distillers, Very smooth and quite gentle with fruity notes, good depth of flavour and a light maltiness on the mouthfeel, it’s certainly in tune with this nostalgic evening.

Not available on the high street, Ballantine’s 17 Year Old (£45.95, 70cl, www.thewhiskyexchange.com) is an award-winning Scotch that’s easier to find in Europe than it is in the UK. Rich and full bodied, this bottle is complemented by hints of wood and vanilla, and with a creamy body and honey and smoke on the lingering finish, it’s worth nosing out for the cherished bagpipes ceremony.

Try a wee dram of Highland Park 18 Year Old (£69.99, 70cl, www.thewhiskyshop.com). Rich with a toffee sweetness, heathery smokiness and peaty finish, add a dash of still water to increase the aromas, enhance the flavours and fully appreciate this mature single malt from one of the oldest distilleries in the British Isles.

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