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Burns And Whisky

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Robert Burns, the revered Scottish poet was not only a well-read man of great intelligence, but had great knowledge and a sincere love of whisky, as was mentioned in many of his works.

His poem John Barleycorn poetically tells the life of barley from soil to glass. The last 2 verses read...

'Twill make a man forget his woe; 'Twill heighten all his joy; 'Twill make the widow's heart to sing, Tho' the tear were in her eye.

Then let us toast John Barleycorn, Each man a glass in hand; And may his great posterity Ne'er fail in old Scotland!

Burns would have been particularly au fait with whiskies from the lowland region from where he lived, worked, drank and philandered, only to die young, having lived life his life to the full.

Around the time of his birthday on the 25th January there will be Burns Suppers taking place all over the world, where many a dram of whisky will be served with the traditional meal of 'haggis, neeps and tatties' (turnip and potatoes), and is first ushered into the room, lead by a bagpiper and presented on a silver salver before the reading of 'Address to a Haggis', one of Burns' most famous, if bemusing poems, paying homage to this most simplest of dishes.

Dave Broom, whisky writer, pairs Talisker - 10 Year Old to haggis because of its peppery finish and its sweetness to offset the gaminess of the haggis. The whisky can either be served on the side or poured over the dish.

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