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The Scotch Whisky Experience

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Address: 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 220 0441
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Activities: Shopping, Drinking
Description: Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making...
Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Experience for yourself our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours our experts will help you select your perfect dram.Enter the vault containing the world's largest collection of Scotch Whiskies and enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting. Explore Scotland's whisky history from the very beginnings through to the global success of today. *Important access information* We are delighted to announce that our lift is currently being replaced, with a brand new facility available in the new year. Please be aware that from now until a proposed mid-May finish date for this extensive project, our lift will be closed. This will mean that our tour is inaccessible to wheelchair users, as it takes place over two levels. Our restaurant, Amber will also not be accessible, as it is situated on the lower ground floor. Our specialist whisky shop is at street level so will be unaffected
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Multifaceted educational experience for first time whiskey drinkers of all ages

A cheeky ride coupled with quick, straight to the point distillery facts and a projected ghost personality start your journey literally through the distillery process of a single... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A cheeky ride coupled with quick, straight to the point distillery facts and a projected ghost personality start your journey literally through the distillery process of a single malt whiskey. Following the ride/video, a brief small group introduction to major whiskey regions of the area aided with scratch-n-sniff cards to begin training your palate for the inevitable tasting. But not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I came away to Edinburgh for a 3 day break. I've never particularly liked whiskey so was willing to learn about the different whiskeys and wanted it to change my thoughts about it. I'm so glad I came. I learnt about the different areas that made whiskey then got to try the one that suited my palate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A wonderful, interesting and informative tour, and a great way to be introduced to the pleasures of whisky.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My partner and I do not drink whisky but have been eager to try however didn't know where to start. After seeing some great reviews we decided to give this a go and we're glad we did. The tour at the beginning is very well put together and explains the whisky making process very simply so even a novice like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I've been here before, my second visit in as many years. I was with my Dad this time and he hadn't done the tour, so I did it again with him, and I still enjoyed it. The highlight though has to be the whisky bar, a great selection, and knowlegable and friendly staff happy to help you pick a whisky... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Had a great time here. I am not (was not) a whisky lover but the tour was great not the standard walking around and being talked at. The ride was good and then the tasting after. We had the gold level so got to try all varieties of whisky. We truly found a kind we liked, that we probably wouldn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We had a large group, many who knew nothing about whisky. It was fun and informative, our guide was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Went as even though I've lived in Edinburgh for 5 years I don't know much about or like whisky! Good introduction, with different areas for you to explore. Explains the process well, & the staff were fantastic - one of the guides who did the tasting was very passionate about it & helped me decide what one to try. Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I'm not a whisky lover ( hate it in fact ) . Hubby is a collector though, so this place was always in the 'to do' list during our visit. BUT, I loved it. Great 'ride' to explain the whisky process . Followed by a really enjoyable tasting , with iron bru for the underagers and a beautiful tasting liqueur... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Used Tesco Clubcard to get this for an excellent price for 5 of us. 4 Silver Tours and 1 Gold tour for £15 in vouchers, just brilliant. Everyone enjoyed the barrel ride and the talk by a very knowledgeable Matt from Canada plus a wee dram from our chosen whisky area. The kids had Irn bru. The whisky collection was... More 

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.