In Scotland, January 25th is a national holiday that celebrates the birthday of the great romantic poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). On Burns Night, family and friends gather for an evening of good food and company. A traditional Burns’ Supper is served.
This year, instead of cooking a traditional Burns Supper (smoked haddock, beef pie, haggis, colcannon, tatties), we’re taking the sweeter road:
Available for only three weeks each year, this special box of chocolates blends Scotch whisky into every piece.
There are ganache-filled chocolates made with some of the finest whiskys, including Highland Park, Macallan, Springbank and Talisker. They are accompanied by Glenfarclas bonbons and Lagavulin and Whisky Honey truffles.
The chocolates are available now through January 28th. Get an extra box for Valentine’s Day, at BurdickChocolate.com.
Whisky is the Scottish spelling of whiskey, a term that originated in Ireland. The alternative spelling was chosen to differentiate the Scots’ national product from Irish whiskey.
The “whisky” spelling is used in Canada, Japan and Wales, as well as Scotland.
In the U.S., a 1968 directive from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms specifies “whisky” as the official U.S. spelling. However, it allows the alternative spelling, “whiskey.”
Most U.S. producers prefer to include the “e,” as do we. Without it, it looks like something is missing.
Ironically, distillation was discovered in the 8th century in Persia—a country that has not permitted the sale and consumption of spirits since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Here’s a brief history of whiskey.
*The mouse honors the famous Burns poem, To A Mouse.
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