Celebrating Burns Night 2021


Burns Night is a Scottish celebration held in remembrance of Robert Burns. Also known as the National Bard or Robbie Burns – Robert Burns is widely regarded as Scotland's national poet. He is also the writer of the Scottish poem "Auld Lang Syne," sung on New Year's Eve or Hogmanay. Burns is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and later became an inspiration for the founders of both liberalism and socialism. Some of the other famous poems of Robbie Burns include,

  • A Red, Red Rose
  • A Man's A Man for A 'That
  • To a Louse, To a Mouse
  • The Battle of Sherramuir
  • Tam o' Shanter

To this day, Burn's influence remains strong on Scottish literature, and the celebration of his life and work has become an annual event, popularly known as Burns Night.

When is Burns Night celebrated?

Burns Night is celebrated every year on Robert Burns' birthday – January 25 – and Burns Suppers are held around the world by the Scots and admirers of the poet.

The first Burns Supper was held in 1801 by his friends on the day of his death, July 21. The second Burns Supper was held on January 29, 1802, then thought to be Burns' birthday. But by 1803, it was discovered that Burns was actually born on January 25, and since then, the suppers have become a part of his birth anniversary celebrations.

What is a traditional Burns Supper?

Burns Suppers are celebrated with much pomp and circumstance by his admirers, with the haggis being the main course for the evening. Tradition calls for an address by the host called toast to 'the lassies' – a witty and amusing speech poking affectionate fun at the foibles and quirks of the fairer sex. The other main items on the menu are neeps, tatties, and of course, Scottish whisky.

Although celebrations will be a bit muted this year due to the ongoing pandemic, you can plan a Burns Night celebration at home or with close friends. Here's everything you will need to celebrate Burns Night 2021

  • Haggis with neeps or a favorite food of your choice (after all, it's your celebration too)
  • A Man's A Man for A 'That
  • Carrot and swede 'crush' and a potato mash
  • A whisky of your choice

If you are wondering which Scottish whisky to pick for your Burns Night celebration, we have some suggestions below.

The Glenlivet Aged 18 Years


This excellent Glenlivet 18-year-old single malt whisky is a classic Speyside dram with smoky notes of chewy sultanas and Sherried peels, barley sugars, toasty cereals, and apple blossom. Winner of two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, The Glenlivet Aged 18 Years is our first-choice Scottish single malt whisky for celebrating Burns Night.

Chivas Regal 18-Year-Old


A richly indulgent blended Scotch whisky, the Chivas Regal 18-year-old has over 20 single malts from around Scotland. Its palate of winter spices, barley malt, Seville orange marmalade, and oak makes it a supreme sipper and also rather suitable for mixing cocktails.

Johnnie Walker Black Label 12-Year-Old


A respected Johnnie Walker 12-year-old blended Scotch, Black Label is our second choice for the evening. It's one of the world's most famous blends, known for its distinctive mellow smoky note.

Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky


A classic no age statement blend, the Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch makes our list owing to its expressive nose of crisp barley sugars with a touch of wood smoke and toffee. The rich and sweet palate makes it an excellent whisky to accompany your Burns Night celebration.

Teacher's Highland Cream


A very famous blended whisky and a rather good blend, the Teacher's Highland Cream, is known for its fruity, malty aroma, and a slight hint of peat smoke. Its palate of barley malt and manuka honey gives off a soft spicey taste and classic finish.

Ready to celebrate Burns Night 2021?

Stock up your liquor with choice food accompaniments and some Robert Burns classics, and you are all set for toasting the lassies with gallantry and farce.

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