Whisky is the national drink of Scotland and we like to celebrate it at every opportunity. We have been producing it in Scotland since the 15th century and we’ve become rather good at it! The ‘water of life’, as we call it, is exported all over the world. Old and rare bottles are sold for many thousands of pounds. There is an art to tasting and this is great skill to learn on a visit to Edinburgh. Whether you’re a beginner or a connoisseur, there’s an event for you!
The Dunstane Bar
We have an impressive range of over 70 single malts in our elegant Whisky Bar near Haymarket and our staff are specially trained to find a dram to suit your palate. They may also introduce you to some new flavours along the way.
Scotch Whisky Experience
This is one of Edinburgh’s top visitor attractions. Become a one-hour-expert and view their collection of over 3000 bottles of Scotch, including many rare and unusual items. You can upgrade your tour to include additional drams or take part in a more in-depth masterclass.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The society, with venues in the New Town and Leith, is a club for whisky lovers. You can become a member to gain access to their private members areas and receive special prices on their bottlings and events. Most tasting events are open to non-members too and are an excellent opportunity to enjoy a drink with fellow enthusiasts.
Festivals and Events
There are many festivals and events on in Edinburgh devoted to the amber nectar. Planned for 2017 there’s the Whisky Stramash on the weekend of 27th and 28th May at Surgeon’s Hall and Edinburgh Whisky Festival at the Assembly Rooms on 17th June. Try an array of samples from Scotland and around the world and take part in special masterclasses and other fun activities.