|By: Nokulunga Msibi||22-01-2018|
Every year on the 25th of January the world and Scotland celebrate the life of Scottish bard, Robert Burns. The day is Burns' birthday; it is also the perfect excuse to indulge in a dram or two.
Burn's most famous work is his poem Auld Lang Syne which is sung on New Years. The poem was written in 1788 and its title translates roughly to "For Old Times sake". Scotland.Org says " the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year".
Burns was a huge fan of whisky and this was evident in his poems. In 1785, he penned a poem titled Scotch Drink to celebrate Scotch as well as bring attention to excise legislation plaguing the industry. He mentioned Scotch, casually in his other works such as Tam O’Shanter.
The Arran Malt bottles a Robert Burns expression to honour Scotland's son. Isle of Arran distillery is located right across the Firth of Clyde from Burns’ birthplace, Ayrshire.
This Burns' Night, raise and your glass and end your night by quoting a befitting couplet for whisky lovers, from his poem, The Author’s Earnest Cry and Prayer written in 1786:
‘Freedom and whisky gang thegither,
Tak aff your dram!’
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