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Whisky Month in Edinburgh

  • 01 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
  • Various locations across Edinburgh

For whisky fans, the month of May means one thing and one thing only - Whisky Month! To commemorate this special month we have rounded up some of the best things to do in Edinburgh where you can enjoy a dram or two. From ghost tours, materclasses and whisky tastings, there are plenty of options for whisky connoisseurs and novices alike! 

Enjoy a Dram at the Angels Share 

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Situated in Edinburgh’s West End, Angels Share is a thriving hotel, bar & restaurant. The name itself refers to the small amount of alcohol that evaporates out of whisky barrels during fermentation. You’ll find a nod towards their Whisky roots throughout the cocktail menu, an extended list available at the bar and a fantastic range of Whisky flights to choose from. Nestle yourself into the stylish and opulent surroundings, where the walls are adorned with great Scottish Icons and experience a quality service to match. A la Carte dining is available daily along with live music every weekend.

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A King's Dram at The Real Mary King's Close

Mary Kings Whisky (1)

Every Friday and Saturday in May, 9.30pm
Cost: £35 per person

Experience a dram tasting like to no other at The Real Mary King’s Close this May. To celebrate International Whisky Month, they’ve teamed up with local whisky experts and retailers – Jeffrey Street Whisky. Expect a crafted and unique whisky tasting tour in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Discover the secrets of Edinburgh’s illicit stills, and delve into the history of our national drink as you explore over 400 years of whisky production in Scotland. Learn about the origins of the ‘usque baugh’ and why Mary King’s Close was at the centre of a thriving and bustling trade. Follow in the footsteps of a former resident as you journey back in time, and explore the rooms, streets, and spaces underneath Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile.

Find out more about the dram tasting at Mary King's Close here>

Scotch and Sparkle at Laings

Laings Whisky

Laings are pleased to offer their customers a dram from The Scottish Malt Whisky Society, the world’s finest bottler of single cask, single malt whisky. As a Scottish family-business they’re proud of their heritage and enjoy incorporating traditional elements into their customer’s experience. Team members in store are trained on their whisky offerings and they’re delighted to celebrate with guests as they purchase exquisite engagement rings, fine jewellery or luxurious timepieces to mark important moments in life.

Find out more about Laings here>

Explore the Land of Whisky with Highland Explorer Tours

Highland Explorer Tours Whisky

Highland Explorer Tours are dedicated to delivering the very best travel experiences every day. Scotland's landscape is stunningly beautiful with a magnificent history and culture that deserves to be told by the Scottish experts. The guides at Highland Explorer Tours will bring this heritage to life while ensuring you get to explore our nation's most breath-taking landscapes. Highland Explorer Tours have two specifically whisky themed day tours that depart from Edinburgh. The tours are perfect for anyone looking to sample some of our favourite national drink!

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Tour & Whisky Tasting with Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours Whisky

Every Saturday and Sunday, 4pm
Cost: £30 per person

Walking the Old Town of Edinburgh you'll see the city that founded the world’s largest Scottish whisky company, hear of the people that helped whisky production and then retire to Megget’s cellar for a complimentary candlelit single malt whisky tasting from four whisky producing regions. Upon meeting your expert Mercat Tours guide you’ll hear about Edinburgh’s role in taking whisky to the rest of the world. Learn how the 19th century changed whisky production in Scotland and of the locals that embraced whisky, from George Ballantine on South Bridge to Andrew Usher Jr on Nicolson Street, the pioneers that created their own whiskies and exported worldwide.

Find out more about Mercat Tours here>

Enjoy a Dram at Walker Slater

Walker Slater Whisky

The smell of whisky and the feel of Harris Tweed are part of the full made-to-measure experience at tweed tailoring specialist Walker Slater. Now in its thirtieth year, Walker Slater on the historic Victoria Street offer these specialised appointments for those looking to explore tailoring and design further. Providing a choice of over 6000 cloths for business and country suits as well as kilts and other Highlandwear, this home of tweed tailoring is the perfect place to enjoy designing your unique wedding suit or your next kilt jacket and waistcoat.  Each appointment is an indulgent combination of Scottish whisky and local design. 

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Premium Whisky Tasting at The Dunstane Houses

Dunstane Houses Whisky (1)

Cost: £175.00 per person

One of Scotland’s most northerly islands, Orkney is steeped in a rich history dating back to the Norse era with legends of sea monsters and pagan gods. Now this windswept but breathtakingly beautiful island is home to one of the most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in the world - Highland Park. This experience in association with Highland Park is exclusive to The Dunstane Houses. They will take you on one of the most luxurious tasting experience available in the Capital of Scotland. You will taste 3 ultra- premium malts, with a combined average age exceeding 73 years spent ageing in Oak Casks. The liquid presented during this experience epitomises the generations of Orcadian Master craftsmen’s work going into fashioning some of the best Single Malt Whisky in the World.

Find out more about The Dunstane Houses here>

Whisky Celebration at Britannia

Britannia Whisky

This Whisky month The Royal Yacht Britannia is raising a glass with Britannia’s own 20th anniversary Whisky. Marking the 20 years since the arrival of The Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith, Edinburgh, this incredible Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky was hand selected from a single cask for The Royal Yacht Britannia Gift Shop. With hints of strawberries and cream, sweet barley and vanilla on the nose, taste a touch of sweet orange with soft butterscotch and honey on the palate. This limited edition Whisky finishes with brown sugar, sultanas and vanilla.

Find out more about The Royal Yacht Britannia here>

Re-discover the Feis Ile Collection with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

SMWS Whisky

Date: 30 May
Cost: £35.00 per person

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is taking its show on the road and across the sea throughout May, with an extensive programme of events.  They’ve managed to get their hands on 3 bottles from the 2017 Feis Ile collection.. Why not join them to re-discover these wonderful whiskies? Strictly for peat-lovers!

Find out more about The Scotch Malt Whisky Soceity here>

Tamdhu Whisky Tasting at Cannonball House

Cannonball Whisky

Date: 16 May, 5.30pm

Complimentary whisky tasting held at the Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, hosted by their whisky ambassador Gordon Dallas. Join for a drop in tasting session of Tamdhu Whisky on Thursday 16th May between 5.30 and 7pm, where Gordon will host a complimentary informal tutored tasting of their classic 10yo as well as two new exciting releases; Tamdhu 15yo and Batch Strength No 4. The very best whisky doesn’t happen by accident. Explore the incredible history of Tamdhu’s precious spirit and discover why after over a century, they’re still going strong.

Find out more about the Whisky Tasting at Cannonball House here>

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