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Whisky Magazine Issue 85
January 2010


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Star letter - Broom & Burns
I think Dave Broom missed more than the haggis in his November article. As he admitted himself, he is anti-social, so I can't understand why he didn't refuse the invitation to attend the event at the outset – or even better, forwarded it to me.

Burns Supers and whisky go hand-inhand.

The latter brings out the gregariousness in all of us, possibly with the exception of Mr Broom, and makes a good night even better.

Every January I tramp among the Galloway hills and the night time finds me in good company in a wee bothy at t he back of Netherholm o'Dalqhuhairn. Here with kindred spirits we enjoy a Burns Supper where the whisky is up sides with Burns. I can emphathise with Dave's Kilmarnock master of ceremonies. We take it in turns to control the assembled company, we are talking 10 worthies here, and this usually proves impossible, given the infectious hilarity of the evening and the ample measures of the cratur. Like the Kilmarnock man, we are looking for our heads in the morning.

Burns would have loved our nights.

Indeed we always set a place for him in case he should join us. His spirit is evident in our company the whole night.

I wonder what Burns' favourite tipple would have been. Contrary to general belief, he wasn't a drunkard but I'm sure he would have got a great deal of pleasure from a dram and possibly a lot of inspiration.

Although Dave won't admit it, I think by the end of the night he will actually have enjoyed himself.

Bill ...

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