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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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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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Tour was okay - nothing special. The ride in the beginning is just to enlarge tour. Tasting is okay. Best thing: tasting in the bar at the end of the tour due to more than fair... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Tour was okay - nothing special. The ride in the beginning is just to enlarge tour. Tasting is okay. Best thing: tasting in the bar at the end of the tour due to more than fair prices!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Was reading few negative feedback about the experiences and couldn't help but to point out some issues raised. This is not a distillery and expecting something like one is simply silly. Please be open minded and enjoy the (barrel) ride. The idea is simply introduce you to the world of the scotch whisky rather than making you a master blender.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

I've never written a review before but feel the need to do this after my amazing experience. Went there with my girlfriend in December as an early Xmas present. I just want to say I loved It. We got the gold tour which contains 4 drams of whisky which you get after the tour. The barrel ride was great fun... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We visited this attraction as a family the youngest being nine. It was informative and Fun, that all ages enjoy it. the Silver tour lasts 50mins starting with a Barrel ride learning the Process of a Single Malt Whisky. Once you have come to the End of the Barrel ride, you are taken into a room and given a Scratch... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Amazing experience to see all that whisky. The whole collection and the different bottles . The testing was wonderful. Now I like whisky also :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

this turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. Since it is located right on The Royal Mile, which is very touristy, I wasn't expecting much. It starts off rather Disneyesque with a ride in a barrel and a clever video guide. I learned a lot about the distilling process along with aromas. Next we gathered... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I am not a whiskey drinker, but my husband is. We both had a great time on the Platinum Tour. Learning about whiskey production was fun, but I particularly enjoyed the section of the tour with guided tasting where we learned about each Scottish region and the vast differences in styles even within the small country. Hearing about the style... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We Visited this attraction on a whim as we had some time to kill before meeting friends and I was glad we did. The tour starts with a ride though the history of making whisky which has quite fun and very interesting. After the ride we were lead into a room where we were given a presentation on whisky from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We visited the experience whilst on a weekend break, after having lunch in the Amber restaurant, connected to the tour. The tour was excellent value as we used Tesco vouchers and worth it for the glass you get to keep at the end. The tour itself was informative and interactive, long enough to learn from but short enough to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

An amazing experience, with a very novel way of showing the whisky making process combined with the largest whisky collection on display. The Highlight was the bar where you could taste a really wide choice for a very reasonable price.

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