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The Scotch Whisky Experience

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Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
Distilleries, Food & Drink
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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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Not into spirits at all, but it was a good tour, and the barrel ride was a fun way to get informed. The whiskey taste room was also very informative

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Not into spirits at all, but it was a good tour, and the barrel ride was a fun way to get informed. The whiskey taste room was also very informative

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

If you want to learn a lot about the Scotch Whiskey, this is the right place. They have a very cool way of showing of the making process of a real scotch and show you the basic differences among the main types. The only thing is that it's kind of expensive if you are looking for a place to try... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Well worth a visit, especially whisky lovers, as you get to learn and take a wee dram about the golden liquor, amongst the largest collection in the world. Shop after is great to look round, but the same whiskys are up up to 5-6 pounds cheaper in other shops.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I have to be honest I was looking forward to this as one of the highlights of my Edinburgh trip but I came away slightly disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the barrel ride was a laugh, Heather our guide was very knowledgeable and the tasting of the various malts was pleasant enough but I came away unfulfilled. I think for... More 

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at The Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Hi Pallionlad. Thanks for taking the time to offer your feedback, and we're delighted that you found your guide knowledgeable. As we're often the first port of call for novice enthusiasts, we have to offer an engaging and entertaining introduction to the world of whisky, and this may involve some reiteration of things that those with an existing bank of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

I did this tour with my fiance. The guide, Matt, was fantastic. Despite not being a Scot he knew his stuff and was very approachable and funny. I'm not a Scotch whiskey fan but the tour was enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Amazing experience! Excellent to know about types of scotch whisky and how to drink, know the different colors, smells, etc. In the beginning there's a barrel ride to tell the history of scotch whisky. Then we learn the types and go to the room with a lot of bottles, there we learn how to drink. At the end there's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Did the silver tour as part of a stag weekend in Edinburgh. Orlo, our tour guide, did a fantastic job keeping our large group engaged and interested in the tour. Even though the majority of our group didn't like whisky, we learnt a great deal about how whisky is made. Even what types of whisky to look for to suit... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We was recommended by a friend to try this tour. Previously I really didn't like Whisky at all. On recommendation we upgraded to the Gold tour. The standard tour allows you one sample of a single malt or blended whisky. However, the Gold tour allows you to sample all 4 of the malts. Which given the wealth of information and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We went to the Whiskey Experience as a couple. We were disappointed about not being able to have sex in the barrel ride, however, we did manage to have sex in the room with nearly 4000 priceless whiskey bottles. Would have liked more whiskey.

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at The Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Review sexually explicit and not family friendly. Obviously also factually incorrect. More 

Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It was so interesting to actually see how Scotch whisky is made. First, the barrel ride. So much fun and interactive as well! You go around in a little barrel and a man talks to you and tells you exactly what happens. After this you are shown a video on Scotch whisky in different parts of Scotland, and then you... More 

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