Burns Night Is Here – So Hurry to your Aldi Supermarket

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This article is a tribute to Burns Night, which falls on 25th January every year, though apparently can be celebrated on any night :-).  Robert (Rabbie) Burns was a prolific Scottish poet who wrote during the late 18th century. Since his death his memory has been kept alive with Burns supper celebrations in Scotland or wherever there are related clubs and societies.

These events normally open with a speech before Burns’ poems are recounted in fine flair. That oh-so-famous dish, haggis is eaten aplenty too, served with mashed turnips (neeps) and mashed potatoes (tatties). The fare is washed down with a fine Scotch whisky (suggestion below). But a toast to the haggis comes first! Extended celebrations may include speeches to and from the lassies (women) who traditionally prepare the meal.

Aldi, our friendly local supermarket stocks beverages which we think you’ll find fitting for this occasion.

Highland Black Special Reserve
is an eight year old blended Scotch whisky with a dark caramel colour. As the name suggests it is matured in oak barrels for eight years. The flavour is described as smooth and mellow. We found it so, with none of the sharpness associated with some whiskys. Great on the rocks, or a part of a hot toddy…brrrrr! Get for £11.99 per 40% abv bottle. Did you know that only 25ml is equivalent to one unit of alcohol? Watchdog Drinkaware recommend 2-3 units per day for women and 3-4 for men. Part of Aldi’s core range so available all year round. Highland Black is suitable for vegetarians.

For something milder why not try one of these related beers? Raise a glass of either for just £1.39 per 500ml bottle. Ingredients include Scottish water, hops and finest malted barely, and both are hand brewed for a superior taste.


First is William Wallace, a 4.5% abv premium award-winning beer. Those of you versed with Scottish history will recall brave Wallace fought for Scottish independence – and paid for it with his life. William Wallace is part of Aldi’s core range so available all year round.

Rabbie Burns (see main picture) is a blonde beer. This pale offering is rich and fruity, and at just 4.2% makes a health-conscious alternative to whisky. Rabbie Burns is available while stocks last.

And…. last but not least we’re especially proud to write this article because our dear editor-in-chief Sarah Saunders is a thoroughbred Scots lassie!

You can read more about Robert Burns here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burns_supper

Happy Burns Night from all at Simply woman!

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