Scotch whisky brand The Famous Grouse is to release 250 bottles of 37-year-old blended malt Scotch to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

The whisky, specially created and valued at upwards of GBP400 (US$584), will be auctioned off at Burns Night Suppers around the world, with a minimum GBP10,000 going to selected charities, The Famous Grouse said today (6 January).

The move takes place in conjunction with Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Burns Night takes place every year on the 25 January, commemorating the life of the Scottish poet.

Scottish artist John Byrne was commissioned to create an original drawing of Robert Burns to be printed on The Famous Grouse 37-year-old bottles' labels.

More than 1,500 Burns Night dinners have so far registered with Homecoming Scotland.  

The Famous Grouse is produced by The Edrington Group and distributed by Maxxium.