Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face
Great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race!
These are the first lines of the ‘Address to a Haggis’ – the famous poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns. This poem is recited before the haggis, traditionally piped and carried to the dining table, is then dramatically slashed with a sgian-dubh, the ceremonial knife worn as part of traditional Highland dress with a kilt.
Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, we are fast approaching Burns Night where we celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns on his birthday, 25th January. Burns Night is perfectly timed at the end of January, a month where we struggle with the winter blues and return to work. A traditional Burns Supper is an excuse to meet with friends and family, eat, drink and usually ceilidh the night away. But not this year. Burns Suppers up and down the country have been cancelled.
But have no fear, the team at A Whale of a Time brings you the Burns Box, a mini Burns Night celebration in a box.
We’ve got whisky (The Classic Laddie; an unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Bruichladdich), whisky cake (from Ashers Bakery, made using Highland Single Malt Whisky), whisky chocolate (from Chocolates of Glenshiel; a selection of handmade chocolates with a variety of whisky from the Highlands and Islands), a bit more whisky (Bad na h-Achlaise single malt Scotch whisky from Badachro Distillery) and of course haggis.
Our haggis, however, is completely different to the traditional version. It doesn’t require cooking because in fact it’s in a bar of chocolate! Our clever friends at Chocolates of Glenshiel have created the fabulous Dark Chocolate & Haggis Spice Bar for your delectation. So, if you’re new to haggis, what better way to introduce yourself to this famous Scottish delicacy!
Here are our tips to celebrate Burns Night in lockdown:
- Bring out the tartan! Kilts, scarves rocked by Rod Stewart or even that ridiculous ‘see you Jimmy hat’ you once bought from a tourist shop in Scotland. It’s not like anyone will see you…
- Download some traditional Scottish music
- Google ‘Address to a Haggis’ and take turns to attempt to recite it
- Have a dram from the Burns Box and repeat the above step
- Repeat above step
- Repeat above step
- Now that you are fluent in Scots and oh so very articulate, why not have a go at creating an ‘address to the lassies’ and ‘reply to the laddies’. So a man in your household, or indeed on your Zoom call, dedicates a short verse to the women of the party and then a woman from the party replies. Try not to offend each other…
- In addition to the lovely treats in our Burns Box why not treat yourself to some traditional haggis, neeps (mashed turnip) and tatties (mashed potato), washed down with a dram.
Order your Burns Box here or why not send one as a gift.