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The best whisky events to take in at the Edinburgh Fringe

Love whisky? Heading to the Edinburgh Fringe? Here are some of the events you might want to check out.

Published: July 26, 2016

It's nearly that time of year when Edinburgh suddenly gets a lot cooler, and of course a lot more hectic for those visiting the Fringe, the choice can be a little overwhelming.

To take away some of the pressure we've created a handy guide for those of you looking to enjoy the best whisky events.

Alan Anderson: Whisky for Dafties

The video was filmed for the Galway Comedy Festival but it gives you a good idea of what to expect.

Where: Scottish Comedy Festival @The Beehive Inn, 18 - 20 Grassmarket, EH1 2JU

When: Mon 4 Aug – Sun 24 Aug

Genre: Comedy

What: Described as a whisky tasting show with a difference, comedian Alan Anderson expertly mixes malt whisky with laughs, exploring the history, methodology and lore of Scotland's national drink while you sample some drams of your own.

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Review: "Side splittingly hilarious… amazing, right on the edge, irreverent – just what whisky needs." - World Whisky Review

At the Illusionist's Table

Where:  The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen St, EH2 1JX

When: 5th - 29th August

Genre: Theatre/magic

Day in the Life: Peter Allison, co-founder of Woven Whisky

What: Illusionist Scott Silven returns to the picturesque setting of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street for an unforgettable night of magic, drams and fine dining.

Review: "The ultimate sparkling diamond of the Fringe"

Spirit of the Fringe


Where: Lauriston Hall, Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ

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When: Sat 20th and 27th August

Genre: Tasting

What: If straight up whisky tastings are more your thing, then you won't go wrong with Spirit of the Fringe. Hosted by experienced guides Keeper of the Quaich Ronnie Berri and Whisky Ambassador Alister McDermott, let you indulge in five unusual drams - at least four of which are specially selected from limited edition, distillery exclusive or cask strength bottlings - while "educating your taste buds on the broad subject of Scotch Whisky".

Scotch Whisky Revealed


Where: Hill Street Design House,  3 Hill St, EH2 3JP

When: Monday 1st August – Sunday 14th August

Genre: Tasting

What: Looking to enter the world of whisky but not sure where to start? Then this is the event for you. Enjoy a guided nosing and tasting of six different single malts, each carefully chosen to illustrate the different styles of Scotch whisky.

The organisers say you should expect a selection of "delicious drams and plenty of malty mischief".

Project Flavour Behaviour: Personality Test


Where: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen St, EH2 1JX

When: Fri 5th - 29th August

Genre: Workshop

What: The premise for this excellent event is basically "learn about yourself through drinking whisky".

Which is something we've done on many an occasion, though usually through our friends stories the day after rather than scientific method.

Dr Adam Moore from the University of Edinburgh’s Psychology Department, has teamed up with the SMWS to create unique psychometric personality test that will predict the three Scottish Malt Whisky flavour profiles that participants are most likely to enjoy based on their personality traits.

Art of Reduction and Distillation and Humanity: Whisky Theatre


Where: Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 48 Princes St, EH2 2YJ

When: Thu 18th and Thu 25th August

Genre: Event

What: Whisky Anorak offers some of the most unique whisky events anywhere and this is no exception. Offering an abridged history lesson and tutored whisky tasting, organisers say you'll learn about the "20th century viewed through profound counterculture events and the whisky industry".

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-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 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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