The Scotch Whisky Experience Event

Burns Night
Date: Saturday 19th January 2013  
Time: 10:00 AM
until Friday 25th January 2013 at 5:00 PM

As Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns had a close association with Scotch Whisky throughout his life.  During his early years Burns was a customs officer or “gauger” as they were known.  Illicit distilling and smuggling were rife and in Edinburgh in 1777 there were 400 illegally operating stills, compared to eight licensed distillers! He later eulogised about Whisky in many of his poems and often thanked the drink for boosting his creative genius.

The legal production of Whisky goes back a long way and some distillers that were producing Whisky in Burns’ time are still operational today. Gems such as Bowmore on the Isle of Islay, Glenturret, Strathisla and Balblair, were all open in the 1700s.  A tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience offers the opportunity to taste some historic drams, as well as view some of the bottles which are linked to the Bard, within the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky.

A particularly special dram is the fabulous 25 year old Cutty Sark “Tam O Shanter”, inspired by Burns’ well-loved poem.  A limited edition of 5,000 bottles featuring the famous chase scene etched around the bottle, a book and an oak box, this is one of many special Whiskies available in the newly refurbished shop at the Scotch Whisky Experience.

Across the world people gather together on Burns’ Night for a celebration of his life and works and Whisky is central to this tradition.  On 25 January, to celebrate Burns’ Night, the Gold Tour will uniquely feature all four Whiskies from the 1700s, offering visitors a rare chance to taste Whisky as Burns would have done himself.  And who knows, they might even be inspired to write a few verses!

Oh Whisky! Soul o’ plays and pranks!
Accept a bardie’s gratefu’ thanks!

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