Burns Night is a celebration of a scotch poet. More importantly, it’s just an excuse to drink scotch because I know you don’t really care about a Burns Supper or any of the other traditional rigamarole. Here’s a list of scotches comprised entirely of brands who’ve sent my friends or me pitches in the past. You should pick up a bottle or twelve on your way home tonight. Or at lunch. Or on your designated whisky break. That’s a thing, right?
BenRiach Curiositas, $50: It’s peaty and fruity. How curious!
Glenfiddich IPA Scotch, $50: IPAs are so goddamn trendy they’re putting them in whisky.
Glen Grant 12 Year Old, $50: A wise man once said, “Always trust Glen. He knows his scotch.”
Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood, $53: Double the wood; double the fun. You can’t argue fact.
Ardbeg Uigeadail, $60: If you can’t pronounce it, drink it, and you’re not even close on this one.
Lagavulin 16 Year Old, $80: If it’s good enough for Ron Swanson, it’s good enough for me.
The Macallan Edition No. 2, $100: Seven different woods all manage to play nicely together.
Laphroaig Lore, $125: The titular lore is smoke. Delicious, delicious smoke.
Highland Park 18 Year Old, $130: One of my favorite whiskys and easily the best brand ambassador.
Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 Year, $190: Tastes great and the bottle doubles as a sex toy.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Rooster, $220: Same Blue as always. Cockier packaging.
Bowmore 1961 50 Year, $23,000: 200 bottles exist. Get yours for the cost of a 20 trips to Scotland
1966 The Glenlivet Winchester Collection 50 Year, $25,000. Only 100 bottles available, so twice as good as the Bowmore.
Fancy a cocktail instead of a dram? Andrey Kalinin’s “Tam O’Shanter” is made with scotch, wine, bitters, and Drambuie, which itself is made with scotch. I mixed one last week, and it was a little slice of scotch heaven.
- 1.5oz Laphroaig® Select
- .5oz Drambuie® Liqueur
- 1oz Bordeaux Red Wine
- 3 dashes Orange Bitters
- Orange Peel (for garnish)
Add all ingredients together in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist.