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The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

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To stroll through The Scotch Whisky Experience is to comprehend the significant and evocative role that whisky plays in the history and culture of Scotland. The complex offers tours and exhibits in order to shed some light on the distilling process, as well as to document the history of Scotch and provide visitors with the opportunity to taste some samples of the famous beverage. A visit to The Scotch Whisky Experience represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • If you are into Scotch, and are looking to purchase Scotch or assessories )I.e. dram measure, etc), this is the place as a) they carry what others don't, b) for the serious collector, and c) better pr...  more »
  • We did the gold tour, and we loved it. The Barrel ride gave lots of information on a Disney-esque ride. Our guide was Peter (if anyone from SWE reads this, please pass our thanks onto him) who was a v...  more »
  • I cannot praise the staff here enough! Every person we met was accommodating, friendly and helpful! The tour itself is very cleverly done giving you a tour in how scotch whisky is made in a very alter...  more »
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  • Was incredibly impressed with the Experience. Our host (Ross?) was incredibly knowledgeable, engaging, and fun. The postcard with different scents for each region is a perfect idea. Getting to view the largest collection of Scotch was amazing as was the tasting training and samples. Also had the Taste of Scotland in the restaurant downstairs and was very impressed with the food and service. Would recommend to anyone who is at least marginally interested in Scotch
  • Spent 25 pounds for the gold tour and it was worth every pound. The guide we had was excellent, humorous and helpful. I loved the very Amazing postcard given which gives you the smells of the various whiskeys all in one card! It truly engaged in all the senses. :) the tasting flight of 5 whiskeys was well worth the extra cost. :)
  • We had such a fun time here and we aren't whiskey drinkers at all. The tour begins with a slow, cute ride in whiskey barrel that takes you on the journey of how Scotch whiskey is made. After that you sit in a very classy room with a sheet of paper that gives you 4 selections of different regions where their whiskey is made. You scratch n' sniff all of them and then choose which one to sample. You get to keep the whiskey tasting glass as well. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and even helped me pick out a nice whiskey for my boyfriend. They have the world's largest collection of Scotch Whiskey; I highly recommend the tour!
  • If you are going to the castle you must go in and see this, to experience and learn the process involved in making some of the finest whisky on the planet. I thought I new whisky, I have drunk a quiet a few glasses over the years, but now I know what to look for to experience the best from the rest. The restaurant was fantastic a good choice of food. Overall very courteous staff that new there stuff and a nice memory to take away along with The Glencairn Glass.
  • What a great experience. We took the silver Tour, which starts with a explanation of the distilling process, then a look at the different whisky making regions and a history of blended whisky and ends with whisky tasting, whist surrounded by the largest collection of scotch whisky. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole experience even more enjoyable. The cafe downstairs has some great options for lunch, coffee and cake. And the shop has a fantastic whisky selection. Well worth a visit for all whisky fans.

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