Whether it's for a small get together, a gathering or even a simple toast to the great man, chances are you may be celebrating Burns Night this Monday. So what do you need for your Burns Night celebration? And what do you need to know about the celebrations? We've got all the FAQ for you.
1 Who was Robert Burns?
Robert Burns is one of Scotland's most important literary figures, well-known for his songs and poetry. Often regarded as Scotland's National Bard, he only lived to 37 yet still enjoyed an eventful life.
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2 What is Burns Night?
On 25th January every year, Scotland gathers around to celebrate Burns Night, an evening of food, drams dancing and poetry. Set on the anniversary of Burns' birth, what started as a small celebration amongst his friends quickly swept across the country, as now, his life and works are commemorated.
3 The dinner
When it comes to settling down for your meal, there's only one option - haggis (and as a little nugget for you, this typical Scottish dish was recognised by Burns in his Address to a Haggis). This will typically be served with neeps and tatties (turnips or swedes and potatoes). When it comes to choosing your haggis, chances are you'll end up with one by Macsweens, a very popular choice.
4 The drink
A big part of the celebrations also involves drinking Scotch whisky to toast Burns. Grant's is a popular choice here, spanning five generations of family. Grant's is also produced at Girvan Distillery, a mere 19 miles from Burns' birthplace. It also makes a good option should you find yourself needing to take a bottle of something along to a dinner party.
[Photo: Grant's Family Reserve, £16.99]
5 Appear a whisky pro
When it comes to sipping the whisky, you can stay one step ahead of everyone else, even if you've never had whisky before, by remembering the three things to comment on. Firstly the Nose - in Grant's case, this should have hints of pear and summer fruits. Taste - which should have the sweetness of vanilla alongside more malty and floral fragrances, and the Finish, which should be long and sweet, with a note of peat.
Enjoy your celebrations!
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