TO CELEBRATE Rabbie Burns’ 250th birthday in 2009, Highland whisky distillery Tullibardine has created personalised bottles and casks of its 1993 single Scotch malt whisky, giving a fitting toast to the famous bard and the Year of Homecoming throughout 2009.
For the whisky aficionado who enjoys an occasional tipple, Tullibardine’s range of personalised whisky bottles containing the 1993 single Scotch malt whisky would make an ideal present. As one of the best introductions to Scotch malt whisky, Tullibardine has a fresh and floral taste with hints of vanilla and chocolate orange lacing the palate. Personalised labels are printed with a special message to make this the perfect bespoke gift.
Alternatively, serious whisky connoisseurs can experience the ultimate in luxury – a personalised cask of Tullibardine single malt whisky. This limited edition is available in two different sizes in either a sherry or bourbon barrel, and each cask is stencilled with the owner’s name. The whisky is stored at the distillery for 10 years to mature, during which time visits are welcomed in order for a taster dram or two to be experienced. Once matured to perfection, the contents of the whole cask will be bottled. Personalised labels can also be created at this stage to make the whisky even more special.
A photograph of the cask, along with a certificate of authentication, will be sent out in time for Burns night.
The personalised bottle costs £29.50, excluding postage and packaging. Cask prices start at £1,000 per cask. Orders can be placed at www.tullibardine.co.uk
MARKS & Spencer has a range of products to help you raise a wee dram to Rabbie and celebrate Burns night in traditional style.
It’s traditional to start Burns night with a thank you for the fine food you are about to enjoy – the address to the haggis. M&S’s award-winning haggis (£1.69, 454g) is made in Edinburgh to a traditional Scottish recipe.
Once you have enjoyed your supper, no Burns night would be complete without the toast to the lassies. Gentlemen (and ladies) can raise a glass of M&S’s new 12-year-old single malt whisky. Deanston (£25.99, 75cl, ABV 40%) is made in a reclaimed 18th-century cotton mill in Deanston, Perthshire. The distillery is completely self-sufficient, powered by its own hydro-electricity, and it also sells any oversupply back to the national grid to power local homes and businesses.
The whisky is made with organic barley and local spring water from the River Teith, giving it a distinct hay and malty cereal flavour with a creamy toffee and heather-honey aroma.
Finish off with M&S’s classic Scottish Shortbread Selection. This delicious crumbly, buttery shortbread is made to a special recipe in Scotland and is the perfect finish to a bonnie feast.