In this, Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, it is not uncommon for those, more stereotypical Scots amongst us, thoughts’ to turn to Whisky; it is, after all, our national drink. It is not a pastime however exclusively for the pleasure of our own great Nation, and thanks to initiatives, such as Food and Drink 2015, we are able to more easily promote Scotland’s natural larder to a waiting and very willing worldwide audience.

Whether Scotch is your tipple of choice, or not, there is no denying the important role Whisky plays in Scotland’s innumerable USPs; up there with haggis, tartan and Nessie; and a defining factor in our Scottish heritage.

As with most refined tastes, a few tasting sessions are often required to find the perfect Malt, or indeed, Blend, for you and from there, the learning curve continues, thankfully, due to a seemingly boundless list of possibilities and an ever-changing palate. Whisky is a pastime and most definitely not an activity to be rushed. Those proficient and most comfortable whisky lovers, hone their craft meticulously, and, over time, develop a preference for various food matchings, resulting in numerous unshared pairings.

It is these fabulous and varying food and drink pairings that Gleann Mor Whisky Company wanted to source and share and what better time to do so than during the year which celebrates everything Food and Drink in Scotland.

Through website feedback and various online chat, Gleann Mor has received innumerable pairing recommendations; some slightly more palatable than others; and made a decision to run a competition for the best #InspiredPairings.

Invigorated by food and drink goings on, entrants have been forthcoming with their unusual pairings and it was up to the team at GM to try them out and ultimately decide on the superlative Five Star Pairing.

Enlisting the assistance of Five Star Magazine (of course), the pairings have been pondered over and the results shall be announced via the Company’s Twitter page and on their website on the 25th January.

It is no secret that our National Bard enjoyed a tipple and saw whisky as holding a special, symbolic significance for Scotland; indeed, Robert Burns’ writings of ‘Scotch Drink’, salutes Whisky, to usual, comic effect. In his memory and with a nip in hand and a loud ‘Slainte’, winners shall be declared and celebrate on Burns Night, 2015.