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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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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #24 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Stevenage
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Too expensive for the experience in itself. I wasn't impressed and I was most looking forward to it in our group. Whisky was also of poor quality.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The tour starts with a short "barrel" ride which is fun even for kids. We are not whisky drinkers, but thought "when in Scotland", we should find out more. It was interesting to hear about the different regions and to see the huge impressive collection of whisky bottles. I felt we were hurried out of the room too quickly and... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just popped in for a rest on a warm day. Gaelic coffee delicious. A wee dram selected with help from excellent staff. Great cakes for the kids. Good value for money (relatively).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Only a moderate drinker of scotch and whiskey this was a most informative experience. Learnt a lot about what makes a scotch and the variations within the drink. The guide we had was amazing and knowledgable.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We bought the silver package which gives you a journey in a barrel explaining the process of whiskey making, which was interesting. Went into a room with whisky scratch and sniff cards and a detailed explanation from a lovely guide explaining different regions and lots about where different whiskey come from, won't spoil it but you learn lots. Whiskey tasting,... More

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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great way to start our tour of the Highlands and Speyside distilleries. Knowledgable staff, and very impressive collection! Tought the sniff cards to add an olfactory dimension to the description of the different areas, tastes and characteristics of Scotch Whiskies was very helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Was really interesting tour and staff were great explaining parts of it and taking us through. I bite to eat before would be recommended we went in empty and left very merry without finishing all our 5 whisky tasters. Silver tour is excellent and would recommend this, we went gold tour and was a little pricy. Next time would go... More

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Orangeville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There are two parts to the tour. The first is Disney-type ride in a scotch barrel past various exhibits meant to educate the rider about how scotch is made. For adults, this ride is fine, but you wouldn't go out of your way (or necessarily pay) to do it. It is really designed to keep the kids happy as you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It starts off a bit cheesy, but gets progressively better. The Mr Toad-esque ride through whisky's origins leads to a wonderful display filled with over 3000 bottles from around the world and, if you've upgraded to the Gold package, one of each type of the four Scottish variants once you hit the actual tasting room. It also helps if your... More

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Firstly, I am not a drinker. But my boyfriend and I were intrigued at the shop the last time we visited that we wanted to do the tour this time. We were surprised at how much we learnt from the tour and how much we enjoyed it. The ride at the beginning looked slightly cheesy to start with, but as... More

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