The Scotch Whisky Experience In Edinburgh
The Scotch Whisky Experience is situated on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, just metres from the entrance to Edinburgh Castle and Camera Obscura.
It’s not a distillery, rather a showcase for Scotch whisky. It was established in 1988 and represents about 90% of the Scottich Whisky making industry.
Inside you will find The Amber Whisky Bar which has gained quite a reputation as one of Edinburgh’s best whisky bars. The bar has a very wide selection of single malts – more than 400 an dreasonably priced. The very knowledgeable whisky advisors are on hand to help you select a dram or two. With single malts of the month to food pairings the Amber Whisky Bar is a popular stop on a whisky tour of Edinburgh and Scotland.
Scotch Whisky Experience Tours
The Scotch Whisky Experience also runs tours. It is normally open all year round for distillery tours and tastings however, in the current Covid-19 climate, check their website for the latest opening times and tour availability. It’s always recommended you book in advance.
The Silver Tour is designed for families and beginners and includes a barrel ride around the production process. The Morning Whisky Masterclass provides a more in depth experience starting with a guided viewing of the extensive whisky collection followed by a sensory perception test. Then it’s a whisky tasting comparing a blend, single grain and two single malt whiskies. This also includes nosing of a new-make spirit – the whisky straight off the still.
The Scotch Whisky Experience also runs the Scotch Whisky Training School. This is a one day immersive course. This whisky course includes the opportunity to blend your own whisky.
The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky is an integral part of the tours at the Scotch Whisky Experience. The Diageo Claive Vidiz Collection went on display in 2009. He was an avid whisky collector and collected the 3384 bottles over 35 years. The oldest and rarest is a bottle of Buchanan’s from 1897. This important collection is housed in temperature and light controlled environment.
Where is the Scotch Whisky Experience?
The Scotch Whisky Expereince is on The Royal Mile, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE. It’s just metres away from Edinburgh Castle.