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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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A great insight into the history of wiskey production

A must visit if your visiting Edinburgh. The silver option is perfectly fine if you just want the knowledge of the tour and to sample one of the four different whiskeys on offer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A must visit if your visiting Edinburgh. The silver option is perfectly fine if you just want the knowledge of the tour and to sample one of the four different whiskeys on offer when your going through the tour. The gold option allows you to sample another three/four at the bar and the end of the tour. You also get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We did the tour that included a three course dinner at the restaurant and I enjoyed every minute of it. The person doing the whiskey tasting was very knowledgable and the food was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Absolutely loved the tour, our guide was informative and engaging and the tour itself was exhaustive but not boring. Having been to a number of whiskey tours in Ireland, this was a pleasant surprise and it's a must do for whisky fans. The bar at the end of the tour is worth stopping at particularly as the staff are brilliant,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Overall, I liked the tour and the tasting options. Well worth the visit to get the basics of Whisky and the associated regions but the barrel ride at the beginning is weak.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Interesting tour. The ride was great, especially after a day of walking around the city! The whole Whisky making process is quite complicated but they try and show it as simply as they can. I found the talk a bit cheesy! 'Look at the glass you are holding right now. This glass in your hand. This is yours. It's yours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Highly recommend other tourists to visit this place. Really interesting and informative, learned a lot about whiskey. And the room with the biggest whiskey collection of all sorts is really incredible!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

OMG! I loved this tour, I found it informative and enjoyable and Declan was a great guide. I absolutely loved the room with all the whiskies in the cabinets. Worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Booked to go on the 4pm tour the first part was a barrel ride which took you around the process of how whiskey is made. this was fun and a great way to experience the process compare to just reading the information. the presentation was great as was the explanation of the different varieties and differences of the regions. the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The place is really cool if you want to get aquinted with scotch whisky. The whole tour is about 45-50 minutes and during this time you learn history of whisky, try several kinds of whisky from different parts of Scotland )!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

How good is this Experience? The newcomer with an open mind will enjoy the simplistic tour through the distilling/bottling phase. The aficionado might find it a bit cheesy. Even Charlotte (the guide) knows that her discussion of the differences between Scottish regions is rather boiled down. But everyone enjoys that we get to enjoy a dram from a region of... More 

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