For anyone who has gone to Scotland for the New Year come away knowing the Scots have it right. If you want to bring in the New Year look no further, have fun and party the Scottish way. Many Thanks To David Williamson Public Affairs Manager of the Scotch Whisky Association, for allowing me to use material from his association.
Lovers of fine Scotch Whisky can be found across the globe, but you have to go to Scotland to find the true lovers and the true makers of this golden beverage. They will tell you a good whisky party especially at New year, doesn’t just include expensive malt whisky. It includes good food, cocktails and of course drinks, lots of drinks and of course we mean Whisky Pure Scotch Whisky
Before we get down to our party please remember this. A good scotch whisky drinker drinks responsibly. So take a look at the Scotch Whisky Associations good advice Responsible drinking and always have a designated driver.
Now let’s get down to the fun stuff.
It is the norm to meet my guests at the front door at 8Pm sharp where a lone piper pipes them in. As they enter the hallway they are offered a large dram of Famous Grouse Gold Reserve – a beautiful smooth blended whisky that will warm anyone’s heart even on a cold Scottish night. From the hallway it’s into the lounge where a large wood fire crackles in the hearth where on top of the mantle, in pride of place sits King Haggis. He is there for a reason, he will survey the New Year celebrations and as a reward will not be eaten that night, but he will be eaten for the first meal of the new year.,
Many People think good scotch whisky should be drank straight; this is not the case and in-fact many fine cocktails are made from good scotch whisky. So while we await the good foods proffered we will sample some of these creations. Starting with a Bobby Burns this in honor of Scotland’s barb. No New Year would be the same without him. Closely follow this with something warmer a large dram of Bowmore cask strength. A wonderful single malt whiskey made to be sipped while we remember the year gone by and await the pipers shrill, to summon us to dinner. The old clock next to the hearth strikes 9pm and with it comes from afar, the sound of a lonely piper, guiding us, summoning us to eat our last meal of the year.
For anyone thinking whisky especially Scotch whisky is just for drinking then think again. For when we arrive at our table a venerable feast greet our eyes. For Starters Scotch Glazed Wild Mushrooms, for the main course Beef in Whisky sauce, or if you have some guests who don’t like beef why not try Marinated Salmon in Whisky Sauce. Food does not get any better, unless of course, it’s a good desert made with Whisky and this is one of the best Whisky and Lemon Crepe Suzettea Celtic take on a classic recipe. Of course no table would be the same without a good toasting a good Whisky to toast the chef, my good lady wife, for without her all my past new year parties would not have been possible so only the best will do, a bottle of the finest, a bottle of true proportions, a bottle of Bunnahabhain 25 year Old Single Malt Whisky . So here’s a Toast to my Wife, my Friends and all Whisky lovers from around the world.