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11 Best Whiskies for Burns Night Coming Up January 25

on 23/01/15 at 4:02 pm


Mark Burns Night in suitable style: with a dram of one of these whiskies, all hailing from the British Isles – with one exception for renegade celebrators.

1. Lagaluvin 16-year-old single malt: £48.50, 70cl, waitrosecellar.com
The pride of Islay, Lagaluvin’s standard single malt is a consistent winner of high scores in the whisky ratings world, winning double gold medals for four consecutive years in the mid aughts in the San Francisco World Spirits awards. It’s also the sip of choice of one of  the best whisky drinkers on televison, Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson. No better endorsement than that.

2. Glenlivet 12-year-old: £28, 70cl, waitrose.com

A fine go-to single malt for the casual supper – always worth having in the cabinet. It’s not for no good reason that the famous Scottish distillery’s 12-year-old remains one of the world’s top sellers. A smooth, golden, oaky Scottish drop that’s great post-dinner or as a toast for Rabbie himself.

3. Bushmills 16-year-old: £53.75, 70cl, amazon.co.uk

Tricky to get hold of – and with good reason – the giant of Irish whisky making’s 16-year-old treasure is matured in a combination of barrels. This three-wood approach sees one whisky matured in a bourbon barrel, another in a Spanish Oloroso sherry butt before the two are combined in a port cask. The result of this concoction. A sweet, nutty taste of malt heaven.