Many wee drams in a Burns bottle

Next year will usher in "Homecoming Scotland," a nationwide program of tourism and special events commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the iconic national poet Robert Burns.

Isle of Arran Distillers isn't waiting for the official beginning. The whisky producer is releasing a limited edition bottling of its single malt to commemorate the anniversary, which will take place on January 25.

Robert Burns Malt has an rrp of £49.99 ($85 US), and is targeted at the independent retailer and on-trade. Isle of Arran Distillers also produces the Robert Burns blend and malt.

Fifteen ex-sherry casks were selected from the 1998 distillation by distillery manager James MacTaggart to produce 6,000 bottles of Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Malt, 1,800 of which will be distributed in the UK.

Isle of Arran Distillers was opened on the island off the west coast of Scotland in 1995. It utilizes the traditional methods of distilling, with wooden washbacks and copper stills designed to its own specification.

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