The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, The Scotch Whisky Experience Reviews: 4.5/5

The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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.
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The area
Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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6,695 reviews
Very good

Cameron R
6 contributions
Sep 2021
What an absolutely fantastic experience. I'm a big fan of whisky, as well as my friend who I went with, but we came away having learned a lot more about whisky than we did. We did the 'Taste of Scotland' tour which is the Platinum tour experience with a three course meal in the beautiful Amber restaurant afterward.

The staff were all very friendly and nice. Lucy N, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and made the whole experience so much better. She gave everyone her undivided attention and really made us feel special. She is very knowledgeable about whisky - name a whisky and she'd be able to speak to you about it which is a real feat.

The tour itself was fantastic. You first sit in a whisky barrel and are taken through the process of making whisky. The aroma room was also a fantastic show. Going through the largest collection of whisky in the world was also really something. Then the whisky tasting itself was fantastic and Lucy's knowledge and passion really came through here. We got to try 4 malts and a blend on this tour.

The three course meal in the restaurant was also phenomenal - a trio of Scottish starters, a trio of Scottish mains, and dessert paired with a Balvenie 12 year old - a perfect end. Billy, the manager of the restaurant, was also great to chat too and very knowledgeable too.

All in all, a fantastic experience and really well done, with the knowledge and passion of staff shining through.

Thank you everyone, but especially Lucy and Billy.
Written September 17, 2021
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Maria O
Reading, UK415 contributions
Dec 2021
Lucy N made this tour amazing and magical. Riding the barrel at the beginning was exciting and then Lucy N describing the different areas of where the whiskies come from and the difference to each one. You could hear the passion in her voice which made this outstanding. The smell card was a wonderful touch too. The tasting room was fantastic and then the biggest private collection of whiskies which blew me away. I was left speechless. You have to do this otherwise you have not lived. I do not drink whiskey, you so not have to , you can give it to someone else. Even if you do not drink alcohol please go .
Written December 7, 2021
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Rob R
Tredegar, UK1,231 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Very informative visit explaining the whole process of whisky making from grain to bottling the final product.

Explaining the different regions and the varying tastes of whisky from these regions.

We booked the silver tour which you sampled one dram at the end of your tour and was an hour in duration which is plenty of time for an introduction to the world of whisky.

The aficionados may want to book the premium tours
Written August 31, 2020
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Cincinnati, OH218 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Morning Masterclass with our host Lucy was a brilliant way to sample a nice range of scotch from grain to cask strength varieties. Lucy was a great host and conducted the tasting and tour of The Collection in a very relaxed manner. She’s really an excellent host/guide and her appreciation for not only scotch as a drink but the larger part it plays in their heritage is very apparent.
As someone that’s taken the Tour of SWE twice before, I recommend the Morning Masterclass for those who want to cut to the chase of tasting or simply know enough about scotch production and history to value skipping the tour.
The tasting area has great views of the cityscape too. Toss in four drams of good variety, good conversion, tea, and shortbread and all in all it’s a great way to justify having drinks before noon.
Written February 29, 2020
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Aristocats To Avallon
23 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
This was a very fun afternoon. The tour starts out with a ride like an amusement park, then you join the others on the tour for a brief film about 5 areas of whisky production in Scotland. Thereafter you walk through the building and the guide explains the process and the differences in the whiskies. Then the best part - the tasting. We did the Gold Tour which gave us 5 tastes. Definitely the way to go! My daughter and I learned a lot, and it was interesting how our palates differed.
Afterwards we decided to have dinner in their restaurant and we were not disappointed. The whole experience is very much worth doing!
Written October 15, 2020
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Les Hudson
Merseyside, UK81 contributions
Aug 2021
Son, daughter and son-in-law did the Amber Room last year and booked for all of us this year. If you like whiskey then this is the place for you. Very pleasant staff and very knowledgeable. Prices from around £3.00 to £200+ for a 25 ml shot of whiskey.
5 of us each chose a whiskey we had never tried before; we all had a taste of each others and then finished off our own. We were all sensible and there was no cheating and we each sampled 20 different whiskeys. There was no hurry and we were given time and space to enjoy the experience.
The food on offer looked and smelled delicious and it was just a pity we had previously booked for dinner elsewhere .. still maybe next time, and there will be a next time!
Our thanks go to the expert with the beard for his help and the waitress with the black glasses both of whom were amused and pleased with out attempt to help them by writing down the next orders and keeping an ongoing list with scoring!
Great way to spend 3 hours. Highly recommended.
Written August 4, 2021
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Cambridge, UK164 contributions
Jul 2021
We were meant to the the platinum tour combined with taste of Scotland tasting menu, but unfortunately while the tour was happening the area had a power cut and the restaurant had to be evacuated - obviously beyond the control of the venue, who were so apologetic - could really feel for them as it's only recently they have been able to reopen, and were obviously so committed to making it a good experience. The whisky platinum tour was v good, nicely structured, very knowledgeable guide (whose name I'm afraid I've forgotten!), his own personal choice of whisky varieties to try. Last did this around 15 years ago, and the style of the tour has obviously come on, but still v good, and I bet the food would have been v good too! We'll be back!
Written July 26, 2021
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Ramsgate, UK18 contributions
Sep 2021
What a great start to our first evening in Scotland of a 3 week touring holiday, we couldn't have chosen better! Our Taste of Scotland and platinum tour which included a tutored tasting of 5 whiskeys was led by Andrew who was knowledgeable, informative and was able to answer all our questions. Billy our host in the restaurant talked us through the tasting menu explaining each dish and was happy to chat and answer any questions. Unfortunately we didn't see the Chef but they should have come out of the kitchen and taken a bow! The meal was delicious! If you're in Edinburgh do try one of the tours on offer, I don't think you'll be disappointed! Well Done to the whole team!
Written October 1, 2021
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Bethany L
England, UK116 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
What a great attraction ! It is about £17 per person for the silver tour and lasts about 75 minutes. Great introduction into whisky (I personally dislike the fast). The staff are very nice and knowledgeable. The sensory tour is about 8 minutes and very fun and interesting for all ages. Our tour guide was Fliss and she was really nice and made it very funny and interesting. She defiantly knew her stuff and came across as passionate. The tasting experience is very interesting and they do off a non alcoholic alternative and they do offer headsets for other languages. The whiskey collection is very impressive. Well worth visiting as very interactive!
Written February 1, 2020
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Rebecca H
Shifnal, UK7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Interesting and informative tour and our guide John was very knowledgable. However, our first impressions were not good at all. The young lady at the desk who we bought tickets from was rude and disinterested. She was rude to us and while waiting for the tour to start, we overheard her telling people enquiring about tickets and asking her for information to ‘look online’. Maybe some training in customer service and basic politeness wouldn’t go amiss.... Everyone else was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly so it was a shame our first impression was not a good one.
Written January 13, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We will pass on your kind comments to John, pleased to hear you found the tour informative and interesting. We are sorry that you felt that you received bad customer service at our box office, we pride ourselves on our 5-star customer service and so are disappointed to hear this. We will certainly look into it. Many thanks - The Scotch Whisky Exp
Written January 14, 2020
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