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The Scotch Whisky Experience

354 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
44-131-220-0441
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Ranked #26 of 209 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours, Specialty Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Shopping, Drinking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Experience for yourself our regional whiskies and whether you like... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Considering that I don't like the smell or taste of whisky and can't drink alcohol anyway due to my arthritis medications....I still enjoyed this is attraction. It is not a distillery tour, it is not a pub, it is a tourist attraction on a street full of tourist attractions. If you want a 'proper' distillery tour, this is not for... More

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Thetford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The actual whisky tasting and education was great, but the dinner could have been skipped. It was nothing to write home about.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

A different way to learn about whisky. The information provided is simple and interesting. The experience starts recorded explanation of the process of brewing whisky and then a guide explains about the types of whiskey, different flavours and other facts. Even though the guide speaks English, there are audio guides. The collection is very impressive, my favourite part of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

There are lots of whisky tours, tastings but this is very well done and educational without the pressure to buy. You get a souvenir glass and taste a minimum of one whisky.

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Richmond Hill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We did this tour after touring Edinburgh castle. There are different tours, like Silver, Gold and Platinum. I believe we did a Silver tour and that consisted of a little ride through whisky making practices, one tasting of a scotch your choice and a complimentary glass. If you're interested in how whisky is made and different types of whisky then... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We choose to go on the silver tour. The customer service is 5*. The barrel tour was very interesting and learnt a lot. The talk on the different whiskeys was very good and well explained . I felt like I learnt a lot and could feel confidant to drink and know what whiskey is all about. Also the types I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Nicely presented story of whisky making. We also tasted different types of whisky and had a very interesting presentation about the whisky distilleries of Scotland. If you are with kids, I don't know how much fun would they have ... Totally worth your time if you're there without children!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

we did the Silver Tour which we felt was good value. I had expected this to be a truly cheesy experience but it wasn't at all. The ride through the distillery was followed by a talk from Callum who seemed to know plenty about his subject! The tasting was enjoyable and I would go back to do the Platinum tour... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We are not big Scotch fans, but this was an enjoyable hour of our time. The ride through was a bit lame and left me with a lot of questions, but our guide at the end, Hannah, was able to answer them for me quite well. She is awesome. I have listened to hundreds of "guides" through the years at... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The tour starts with you seated in a barrel, which moves on a rail. It moves very slowly, and the videos shown, while very informative, unsuccessfully attempt to entertain. The rest of the tour is simpler, and better for it. The guide seemed knowledgeable though she was rather monotonous and I got a bit sleepy at some point. You are... More

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