Glen Grant Whisky Toasts Burns Night With A Haggis Cocktail

For Burns Night, multi award-winning Scotch Whisky, Glen Grant, has partnered with The Bon Vivant bar in Edinburgh to create the ‘The Chieftain’, a haggis-infused cocktail named after Robert Burns’ famous description of Scotland’s national dish, the “great chieftain o’ the pudding race”.

Created by Will Cox of The Bon Vivant, The Chieftain’s recipe is inspired by a traditional Burns Supper menu and includes the ingredients found in the occasion’s centerpiece.

Haggis is traditionally made from sheep’s offal (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, salt and spices. The Chieftain comprises of an oat-washed Glen Grant 10 Year Old combined with an offal stock syrup to replicate the unique meaty haggis flavour. It is served with a pickled red onion, representing the ‘heart’, a salt and pepper air, representing the ‘lungs’, a turnip cordial, a nod to the famous ‘neeps’ accompaniment, and a haggis rim.

Will Cox said: “The opportunity to team up with one of Scotland’s most iconic whiskies, Glen Grant, to make a Burns Night cocktail was too good to miss. It was very challenging, but we had a lot of fun coming up with The Chieftain and are looking forward to serving it to customers with a haggis bon bon or two on Burns nicht.”

Nick Williamson, Marketing Director Campari UK, said: “With the bard’s birthday being such a well-loved celebration, we want to mark the occasion with the same creativity the man himself approached his work. The bar team at the Bon Vivant has done a remarkable job with The Chieftain and we look forward to raising a glass or two in celebration come the 25th January.”

Glen Grant’s new range of aged single malt Scotch whiskies has continued to turn heads as it secured some of the whisky industry’s most prestigious awards in 2016, including the Glen Grant 10 Year Old winning Best Single Malt Scotch (10 Years and Younger) for the fifth year in a row in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.


Glen Grant 10 year old, oat washed
Offal stock glaze
Salt and pepper air
Pickled red onion
Turnip cordial
Haggis butter crumb

The Chieftain will be available to buy in The Bon Vivant Bar, 55 Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DY for one night only on 25th January 2016 priced at £9.

World’s Most Prestigious Cocktail Festival Announces Programme For Its Edinburgh Debut

tales-of-the-cocktailTales of the Cocktail® on Tour heads to capital for its first foray out of The Americas.

WHAT: Tales of the Cocktail on Tour is to reveal the programme for its much anticipated visit to Edinburgh in April. The four-day extravaganza will see leading hospitality professionals from all over the world head to Scotland’s capital for a series of events designed to educate, illuminate and entertain bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts from the city and beyond.

WHY: The world famous annual conference and festival takes place in New Orleans every July. It also goes ‘On Tour’ once a year and after visiting Buenos Aires, Vancouver and Mexico City, it is heading to Europe for the first time. Edinburgh has been selected due to its highly accomplished and sophisticated cocktail culture. In a country with such a fantastic distilling heritage, the city’s bartenders have a great hunger for knowledge and will be looking to learn from illustrious speakers attending the 2017 event.

HOW: Tickets for Tales of the Cocktail on Tour will go on sale on 9th January, upon announcement of the initial programme. Tickets are available from, priced $329.00 USD. The event runs from Saturday 1st – Tuesday 4th April 2017 at the Roxburgh Hotel and bars around the city.

Whisky Club Teams Up With Renowned Mixologist To Reinvent Classic Whisky Cocktails

Stuart McClusky

As part of Clans & Drams, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s month-long activities during Whisky Month in May, the Society has joined forces with one of Edinburgh’s leading mixologists, Stuart McCluskey of The Bon Vivant and The Devil’s Advocate fame, for a night of innovative hands-on cocktail making on Friday 2nd May.

The Society is creating a special ‘secret bothy’ hideaway on the top floor of its beautiful Georgian townhouse venue, 28 Queen Street club in Edinburgh for the event. Stuart will be serving up four innovative drinks that reinvent classic whisky cocktails in this magical setting using the Society’s finest rare malt whiskies. His ingenious creations will also contain Caorunn Gin and Inveralmond beer, plus a host of other surprising ingredients. Guests will be invited to get involved in the cocktail-making process for a real hands-on experience.

Guests will be served a special ‘Bothy’ supper alongside their drinks and during the evening they will also be regaled with historic tales of Scottish imbibing from down the years by Society Ambassador Anna Wilkie.

The cocktails will be served up to guests in the Society’s special sample bottles before being poured into glasses for an added twist. After the event, the cocktails will then be on sale at the Society’s three venues – The Vaults in Leith, 28 Queen Street and 19 Greville Street in London ­– throughout Whisky Month in May.

Stuart said: “I can’t reveal what the cocktails are as I want to surprise people on the night, but what I can say is expect the unexpected – I will be taking the Society’s rare malt whiskies and using them alongside other unusual ingredients to flip people’s perceptions of traditional whisky cocktails completely on their head! There will be lots of theatre around the way the drinks are created and I will be using all manner of unusual things such as atomizers, citric acid, tinctures and homemade liqueurs.”

Mark Van Der Vijver, SMWS UK Sales Manager, said: “Having someone of Stuart’s calibre in the cocktail world on board to create a series of extraordinary cocktails for us is something really special and allows us to showcase the diversity of flavours in our whiskies in new exciting ways.”

Clan Cocktails in the Society’s secret bothy
Friday 2nd May, 2014, 7pm – 9.30pm
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX – North View Room

Tickets: £40
Call 0131 555 2929 to buy a ticket or visit