Looking to enjoy a whisky tasting in Edinburgh? Here are five of the best places to go.

Whisky and the capital go hand and hand, and as you’d expect by the sheer numbers of bars and shops dedicated to Scotland’s national drink, there are plenty of places to sample a dram or two.

Here are five of our favourites.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

(354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE)

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If you are a whisky fan then the first stop on any visit to the capital (other than the always amazing Cadenhead’s shop), has to be here.

A truly immersive experience, you’ll learn all about the story of whisky and enjoy multiple options for drams.

However should you be looking for something more in depth and have a few extra pals to tag along with, the Experience also offer more advanced tastings for groups of 10.

You can enjoy a tour and an advanced tasting with four special whiskies and an education on how to nose, drink and enjoy them properly for £32.50 per person (min groups of 10).

The food and whisky matching with “four delicious canapés created by the talented team from the award-winning Amber Restaurant” expertly matched with four great whiskies, for just £42.50 per person (min groups of 10).

Or go the extra mile with the Tour & Tutored Tasting with private blend your own whisky experience for just £56 per person (min groups of 10).

For those desiring a once in a lifetime whisky experience, especially if you have a passion for the TV show Outlander, then the venue offers a unique experience which takes place in the stunning vault that contains the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, is conducted by a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’, and offers four extremely rare whiskies from some of Scotland’s ‘silent’ distilleries.

Priced at £485 per person, it’s available for two to 12 people and must be booked in advance.

Whisky Tastings at Whiski Rooms

(4 – 7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP)

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The Rooms is well known for its excellent range of whiskies and when it comes to tastings they have a fun array of dramming, food matching and educational experiences.

Choose from an introduction and tasting for £22.50 per person, or match your drams with either cheese or chocolates in their special food pairing events for just £25 per person.

For a more luxurious and in-depth perspective, you can pay £40 per person and experience a few more expensive drams.

• READ MORE: 10 of the best Scotch whiskies for beginners to try out on World Whisky Day

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

(28 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JX)

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The excellent Scotch Malt Whisky Society has recently refurbished its Queen Street premises and has now opened to the public.

The wonderful Kaleidoscope Bar offers weekly tastings such as their Wednesday Burger and Whisky tasting which offers a burger and three great drams (plus the knowledge of an SMWS ambassador) for just £20 per person.

While on a Thursday they offer a smoke, sea and peat tasting with three great Islay whiskies for just £15.

Best of all on  a Saturday you can even enjoy three drams and a steak for just £25 per person.

If you want something a little more bespoke then the team at the Society will offer a customised tasting based on your tastes or requirements for £29 per person (booking in advance is required).

Rhythm ‘n Booze Whisky Club

(2 Roxburgh Pl, EH8 9SU)

For a more immersive experience, Felipe Schrieberg, founder of Whisky Business and whisky blogger for Forbes.com, has created a fun tasting involving five drams, sensory experiments (including one involving a blind fold) and live music from a local Blues band.

Held within the hip and cosy basement of the Assembly Roxy, it’s a tasting that is informative, huge fun and unlike any other on this list.

Held bi-monthly, it costs just £25 (plus booking fee) per person.

• READ MORE: A beginner’s guide to whisky

Whisky Tastings at Cadenhead’s

(172 Canongate, Royal Mile, EH8 8BN)

Picture: Cadenhead’s

Ideally located on the Canongate, the Cadenhead’s whisky shop is a true hidden gem in plain sight.

Not only are the guys in the shop some of the most knowledgeable around, the whisky on offer is both excellent value and great quality.

For tastings, the shop offer their own regional tastings (you need to book in advance) which include 6 whiskies – five single malts and one blend – and sees each of Scotland’s regions, styles and categories covered for just £25 per person. Ideal for the curious beginner.

Should you want something a little more personalised, say you want to learn more about how cask styles or age affect the whisky, or you just really like a particular region, then the staff will gladly tailor a bespoke tasting for you for £35 (and above depending on the whiskies you want) per person, again you will need to book in advance.

They also offer featured and monthly tastings, which you can find out more about by contacting the shop (their website is being updated at the moment) or through their mailing list.


About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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