A new podcast series exploring Robert Burns’ enduring legacy features a manager from Arran Distillery.

Jaclyn McKie discusses whisky in #TaeTheBard, a series which launched last week to mark Burns Night.

Leading Burns expert, Dr Pauline Mackay, chats with creatives and expert guests on Burns’ influence on different strands of Scottish culture and how this remains relevant today.

With a total of 12 contributors across five episodes, guests include singer songwriter Mairi Campbell, lettering artist Craig Black and haggis expert James MacSween.

Jaclyn features alongside Graeme Littlejohn, director of the Scotch Whisky Association, in the episode, ‘A Toast Like no Other’.

The episode raises a glass to Scotland’ national drink, which is synonymous with Burns.

Dr Pauline Mackay, #TaeTheBard host and lecturer in Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow, said: “Burns’ legacy remains very much alive in today’s Scottish culture and in the five episodes of #TaeTheBard, we explore how he continues to influence and inspire in poetry, art, food, drink and song. The series offers people an opportunity to learn more about the Bard this Burns Night and learn more about what makes him so special to so many across the world.”

Ben Macpherson, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, said: “Burns Night is one of Scotland’s most well-known and best loved national days, celebrated by millions around the world.

“From his best-known works like the global anthem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the unique customs of the traditional Burns Supper, he has influenced people from all walks of life. The #TaeTheBard campaign will give Scots, and Scots at heart, all over the world the ideal opportunity to celebrate our national poet in both new and contemporary ways.”

The five episodes of #TaeTheBard are available on Spotify and iTunes.