Caledonophiles all over South Africa will be raising a toast tonight to Sir Robert Burns – celebrating not only the Scottish poet’s life and body of work but also ties between Scotland and South Africa.
Burns Night or Burns supper – traditionally celebrated to mark his birthday on January 25th every year - was first organised by the legendary Scottish poet’s close friends and family as a memorial dinner, but the night has since morphed into an international event, cheering Scotland's distinctive culture and heritage (and an excuse to drink loads of Scotch).
While people normally celebrate the evening in their homes or in restaurants with traditional Scottish fare, music and renditions of Burns poetry, here in SA we have ample reason to raise a glass of whiskey on this auspicious occasion.
Once seen as a drink for an older generation, Whisky has undergone somewhat of a rebrand in recent times.
Here are 5 reason’s we should all be sipping the golden nectar this evening: