Some people believe the old saying that whisky makes you frisky. Robert Burns was a keen enthusiast of John Barleycorn, his name for whisky. Could this be in any way related to his almost legendary appetite for houghmagandie, his preferred term for leg over?
You can ponder this and other great philosophical questions of our time at a non-traditional Burns dinner and Balvenie whisky tasting taking place at The Birdcage in Eskmills on Wednesday 26 January.
You’ll be served a four course meal of locally sourced produce with a different Balvenie whisky expertly matched to each course. Over the course of the evening, Balvenie Brand Ambassador Dr Andrew Forrester will talk guests through a lively tasting of five whiskies.
Ranging from the rich Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old to the spicy Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Year Old, the whiskies are all pretty spectacular and buying them separately would not leave much change from the £35 that this Big Deal costs for the entire evening.
The dishes on offer include Cullen skink with a free range poached egg and slow cooked Aberdeen Angus beef cheeks with stovies and Savoy cabbage with bacon.
The Birdcage promises that this will be a great night to share with friends: ‘This won’t be an evening littered with poetry, nor will we pipe in a haggis,’ they tweet, ‘however, you’ll come to realise why Robert Burns wrote about, and enjoyed, our national drink.”