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Is there a more misunderstood food than the noble haggis? A simple food born from frugality that made sure nothing went to waste. These days it’s seen more as something to have on a special occasion here in Scotland, most notably on Burn’s night. It was with that in mind we set out on a simple mission – to find out what you should drink with your haggis.

    [caption id="attachment_59" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Smith and Gertrude Smith and Gertrude[/caption] We sat down in the lovely Smith and Gertrude; a relaxed Edinburgh wine bar which opened in 2015. They brilliantly highlight simple, culinary pleasures, so it seemed like the perfect destination to try our humble haggis experiment. We were joined by some of their delightful staff along with Rupert from Buck and Birch, a chef who provided one of the haggises and one of our favourite new drinks - Aelder Liqueur.   [caption id="attachment_77" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Haggis and Whisky Some of the haggis and whisky we tried.[/caption]   We were treated to 4 different types of Haggis along with mash (we decided to forgo the neeps...Arthur claimed “nobody eats them anyway!”):  
  1. Crombies Traditional Haggis.
  2. McSween’s Vegetarian Haggis.
  3. Simon Howie’s Gluten Free Haggis (we were curious!)
  4. Buck and Birch ‘Five Beast Haggis’ – Created by Rupert from Buck & Birch it was made up of a selection of tasty morsels including venison, pork, pigeon and more!
  [caption id="attachment_69" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Whiskies Just some of the whiskies we tried.[/caption] The list of whiskies included-
  1. Robert Burns Single Malt
  2. Compass Box Hedonism
  3. Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill American Oak Cask Strength
  4. Auchentoshan Three Wood
  5. Balvenie 17 Year Old Doublewood
  6. Springbank 15 Year Old
  7. Benromach 10 Year Old
  8. Islay Mist
  9. Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition
  10. Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Finish
  11. Marquis De Montesquiou Extra Old Armagnac
  12. Aelder Liqueur
  Our conclusions were simple.  There were a couple that didn’t work so well, but on the whole single malt whisky tends to go very well with haggis.  The Auchentoshan Three Wood which, due to the heavy sherry cask influence, we had assumed would be a sure fire hit. Unfortunately, its light bodied nature meant that it was dominated by the spicy haggis.   [caption id="attachment_71" align="aligncenter" width="500"]The expert team at work in Smith and Gertrude The expert team at work in Smith and Gertrude[/caption]   The other surprise was the Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition. The whisky was loved by everyone but the dry smoke clashed with the spice of the haggis. The consensus was that this whisky would have been better to simply round the night off with on its own. The Balvenie 17 year old Doublewood showed very well as did Springbank 15 year old with weighty spirit and sherry combining with the haggis to make for a delightful culinary experience. However, the two best matches came from two whiskies on the lower end of the pricing structure: Islay Mist and Benromach 10 year old.  The slight touch of smoke in each worked wonders and the Islay Mist Blended Whisky was a particular favourite. Isn’t it a pleasant surprise when your favourite is the cheapest?  As for the wild cards, we tried an Armagnac and the delicious Aelder liqueur. The Auld Alliance of Armagnac and Haggis split the group, but if you’re looking to have a haggis that is led by gamey flavours this year then look no further than Aelder Liqueur. The meaty, fruity cacophony is something that you should dive right into if you have a chance. At 17% ABV it is also a lot more accessible than a whisky for those that don’t like spirits.   There we are. Not only have we found out what goes well with Haggis but we’ve also figured out that it may just be the cheapest dinner party around! Some good haggis, some nice potatoes and a bottle of Islay Mist. It’s a simple recipe for a great night with friends.  
The rise of the values of certain limited edition whiskies on auction sites in the immediate months after release has in recent years been steep, so we feel it is now appropriate to clarify how we sell products that are allocated to us by our suppliers. We hope our customers see this as fair-minded and supportive of collectors and drinkers alike.

How it works
  1. We immediately release for sale all stock a supplier sells us on allocation. We are not going to hoard bottles for the future. The only exception to this is our own independent bottlings, of which we keep a few back in a company archive.
  2. Our staff are not allowed to buy products that are allocated by our suppliers. If a new release comes in from a distiller, staff must ask the management if they are allowed to buy a bottle, giving the customers a chance to buy bottles first. It would be very easy for our staff to supplement wages by gaining an unfair advantage over customers by buying bottles before they hit the shelves. We don’t think this would be fair on customers or our suppliers.
  3. We limit highly restricted stock to ‘One bottle per customer’ in order to give drinkers and collectors a better chance of obtaining a bottle.
  4. We don’t take pre-orders or advance lists for allocated limited editions, releasing them online and in store with an announcement on social media (normally Twitter). If we did take such a pre-order list, the bottles would be sold out before they hit the shelves and we would spend a huge amount of time following up on queries. We pride ourselves on good service, but with so many drinkers, collectors and speculators now contacting us ahead of release dates we find this is the quickest way to give callers a clear answer.

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