I don’t know much about whisky, how it’s supposed to taste? How it’s supposed to smell? And what is the difference between all the bottles you see at a store? To me, they all look the same! The only difference I notice is in the shape of the flask, not the substance.
I guess that is why I decide to change all of that by visiting the Scotch Whisky Experience. I heard it’s the best place in Edinburg to expanded your whiskey knowledge.
Unquestionably a candy store for the whisky enthusiasts! I mean this fine establishment is home to almost 3,500 individual bottles of the finest liquor! To really understand the exquisite taste and the making proses behind this drink, take one of the many tours through a replica distillery offered here. Some of the most popular tours are: silver tour is perfect for first timers (like me), gold tour is a little bit more, it will give a real taste for whiskies, platinum tour is what they call a whisky lover’s dream (nothing more to say then go and find out if its dreamy enough), morning masterclass perfect for a whisky buff, taste of Scotland tour will provide whisky tasting along with a bite to eat. For more information and availability visit their website at https://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/online-shop.
As well here you can find the Amber restaurant, the Whisky Bar, and a coffee shop. I personally chose to taste the whisky and get a bit to eat at the bar. Inside, I was presented with a large binder, that was filled with Whisky and Scotch names, the age and the regions they came from. Looking over the menu, felt like reading a very complicated research paper, I had no idea what any of it said. To make the choosing proses easier (epically for people that are not whisky fanatics), ask for the preselected tasting menu, its only one page. Easy!
The preselected tasting menu:
Reginal Collection includes three malts £25.95
The Highland collection is the one I tried. Put together from four very different whiskies, the Dalmore, Loch Lomand Inchmurrin, Ben Nevis Distillery, and Edradour. Each with its own unique color, taste, smell, and finish. From this assortment, my favorite was an 18yr old Loch Lomond Whisky, very smooth with a long warming finish. £26. 50
Speyside Collection a collection of four whiskies £22.95
Islay Collection includes Bunnahabain 18yo, Lagavulin D/E, Laphroaig TripleWood, and the Smokedhead 18yo (some whisky names are a mouth full) £27. 40
Blended, Grain, Single Malt Collection £27.55
Liqueur Collection in this collection three different liqueurs are presented £13.50
Premium Blended Collection £42.85
Luxury Mature Malts Collection is the most expensive of them all £165
After tasting and grasping the concept of what it really means to drink whisky I can without a doubt in my mind say it’s quite the process and for now I will stick to wine. Needless to say, if I do happen to visit Scotland again I will be trying and expanding my knowledge in the whisky department for sure!!!