Top Ways to Celebrate Whisky Month 2017
04 May 2017
Whisky Month is upon us, and with so many brilliant places to enjoy Scotland’s national drink in the capital, there’s no need to journey far and wide to celebrate. So where can you enjoy a dram, or three, in Edinburgh this May? Our friends at the Scotch Whisky Experience have compiled a list of top places to learn more about the fascinating drink.
1. The Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castle Hill, EH1 2NE
Found at the top of the Royal Mile, this five star visitor attraction is Edinburgh’s whisky home. With a brand new, high-tech tour, The Scotch Whisky Experience fully immerses visitors in the water of life. From a stunning 180° panorama bird’s eye tour of Scotland’s five whisky-making regions, to a recreated Blender’s Room which brings the mysterious arts of blending to life, you can learn everything this is to know about the captivating drink. The attraction is also home to the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, and the Amber restaurant and bar is a cosy corner in which to enjoy a whisky cocktail.
Tours start at: £15
2. Mercat Tours
Mercat Cross, High Street, EH1 1TQ
May 20 also marks World Whisky Day and Mercat Tours will be joining the celebrations with a special whisky tour of Edinburgh. Mercat Tours is Edinburgh’s original five-star history and ghost tour company. Established over 30 years ago, the company’s accredited guides bring Edinburgh’s stories to life every day – and they also know a thing or two about whisky! This World Whisky Day take a journey through shadowy closes and wynds, and deep into the Blair Street Underground Vaults – then retire to Megget’s cellar for a candlelit single malt whisky tasting from Scotland’s four whisky producing regions. There’s no better way to warm the spirits after this chilling tour!
3. Devil’s Advocate
9 Advocate’s Close, EH1 1ND
The 200-strong eclectic whisky shelf in the Devil’s Advocate bar is the stuff of dreams for any whisky fan. Situated in the historical and atmospheric Old Town of Edinburgh, The Devil’s Advocate is housed in an old Victorian pump house, hidden away in Advocates Close. Ask one of the award winning barmen to whip you up one of their famous and inventive whisky cocktails, before enjoying a lunch or dinner bursting with seasonal Scottish ingredients. The bar itself is a pretty amazing place to sit back and enjoy a dram, as much of the original character of the building has been maintained, with industrial-style lighting and exposed brick adding to the atmosphere.
Price: Whisky cocktails start at £9
4. Scotch Malt Whisky Society
28 Queen St, EH2 1JX
Previously off limits to members of the public, The Scotch Whisky Society has not only thrown open its doors, but has a new whisky bar to offer serious whisky fans. The Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar is completely unique, with a constantly changing menu of whisky flavours to taste and explore. Enjoy a wide selection of rare SMWS single casks, along with a guest selection of unusual propriety bottles, beers, wine, cocktails and other interesting spirits. Every month Kaleidoscope hosts Thursday Tasting sessions from 7.30pm. And on the first Thursday of Whisky Month, a Hauf n’ Hauf Tasting offers a different take on the traditional Scottish drink pairing - enjoy two perfect pairings of craft beer and a newly released SMWS malt.
Thursday Tasting sessions cost £15.