‘Go, fetch to me a pint o’ wine, And fill it in a silver tassie; That I may drink before I go, A service to my bonie lassie,’ wrote Rabbie Burns, but traditionalists would put whisky with haggis on January 25 – Burns’s night. Aberlour A’bundach Single Malt, Speyside (Waitrose £35.50) is gorgeous, aged in sherry casks and bottled at cask strength with notes of raisins and oak.
If wine, it has to be bold red to match haggis flavours. Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes Hermitage Les Gravières 2013 (Waitrose & Ocado £10.49) is a modern northern Rhone with black cherry fruit, spices and a lick of vanilla oak.
My Top Tipple is Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2012, Lodi – perfect with haggis, full of blueberries, plums, spices, wrapped in mocha and vanilla. At 14.5 per cent it’s not shy and retiring. Majestic £11.99. Also at Tesco and Asda.