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Cadenhead's, Edinburgh

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4.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Pick up a bottle of finely crafted liquor at Cadenhead's, one of the few remaining independent whiskey bottlers. In operation since 1842, this establishment promises customers a product that's never been chilled, filtered, colored, or chemically altered. Each cask of whiskey is individually selected to be bottled. Also consider the rums and cognacs bottled and sold here. While the prices aren't cheap, the whiskey is likely to be among the best you've ever tasted. Ask about the possibility of tasting a sample before your purchase. Cadenhead's is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Edinburgh Edition.
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  • Not knowing much about whiskey, the staff at Cadenhead's spent time to educate us about the different whiskey producing regions in Scotland. 
  • I loved this little store which is a nice change from the usual tourist whiskey stores in Edinburgh. They do bottling and buy casks directly from distilleries and then do their own bottling. The staff...  read more »
  • For me a big part of the joy of visiting Scotland is the opportunity to sample rare and unique Scotch whiskeys that simple can not be obtained anywhere else. Cadenhead's boasts that they are Scotland'...  read more »
  • If you love whisky you're in for a treat. Staff are great and really know there stuff. Has a special place in my heart
  • Best shop in town, real professional staff and extremely knowledgable. Only place you should be buying from!
  • A small shop with a remarkably good collection to choose from, very friendly, helpful,and hugely knowledgeable staff. I was particularly looking for a range of Springbank whiskies, and it was great to meet the lads who had worked in the distillery in Campbeltown. I was there mid afternoon on a dull Thursday, so it was fairly quiet, and I was offered a range of samples and plenty of descriptions and advice. An unhurried explanation of some of the best whiskies I've tasted, so this will be a regular detour on any trip through Edinburgh in future. Came home with a green label 14 year old Springbank, my first Longrow (a 12 year old from fresh Pinot Noir barrel, with lots more than peat to entertain), and a Hazelburn 'Rundlets and Kilderkins', which is amazingly complex and smooth, and tastes much more than its 10 years old.
  • Gem of a place. small and tucked away. This is not a place to "taste" Whiskey there are other places to go for that. This is a place to go to really purchase some exquisite choices. to be clear you can get a sample or two but you should arrive at this place with a knowledge of what you like and then they can help guide you down to the rad to satisfaction. If your smart you'll take home a little of their finest.
  • After a knock on the head (falling moose trophy) I thought I could get a ridiculously cheap Islya single malt straight from the cask at cask strength. This turned out to be an Islya “blended” malt. Sure at cask strength, but when I asked the extremely knowledgeable staff, I was told exactly what was in the barrel. There was NO mention of this being a blended malt until I looked at the label, read the description and spoke to the staff!!!!11! This cask of “Islya” malt is obviously topped up with whatever they get sent albeit from Islya. (Just like the friendly man behind the counter said.) Ditto the Cambletown “blended Malt”. My strong advise… talk to the people in the shop, they’re super-helpful, entertaining and informative, then you make sure you know precisely what you are buying. If you want a good single malt whisky, then (you could also) buy a sealed properly labelled bottle (such as one of the many they have here.) That way you know exactly what your getting (and won’t be troubled by unique whisky at bargain price or a little adventure in your life.) Variation on a theme by Douglas Mackay. Seriously: A seriously good whisky shop.
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