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National Whisky Festival Edinburgh: Ticket prices, times and masterclass info

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland continues its return to live exhibition events with a winter edition of the popular Scottish cultural festival scheduled to take place in Edinburgh from 11 December.

Published: December 7, 2021

After a sell out success at Aberdeen Music Hall in September, Scotland’s whisky festival will make a trip back to the capital for another edition of it’s annual tasting events - this time debuting at Edinburgh’s popular events complex Summerhall, where the festival will debut on Saturday 11 December. 

Festival organisers said: “Our Aberdeen edition was a reminder that collaboration and celebration with those around us is vitally important to what we do and we are excited to once again be walking into the dynamic world of physical whisky events.

"Edinburgh Summerhall is a brand new venue for us and will provide the perfect atmosphere for our newest event in the capital this December. We can’t wait to show you all what we have in store.”

Across two extensive three-and-a-half hour sessions, each event will showcase dozens of exhibitors from many of the most exciting and innovative names from across the industry spectrum, each bringing with them an diverse range of incredible whiskies and guest spirits  - all of which are available to try and included in the ticket price.

At National Whisky Festival Edinburgh, you can expect to sample releases from: 

  • Black Bottle
  • Chocolate Tree
  • Deanston
  • The Dalmore
  • Douglas Laing
  • Eden Mill
  • Elixir Distillers
  • Fettercairn
  • Frasier Liqueur
  • The Glasgow Distillery Co.
  • Glencadam
  • Glen Scotia
  • Jura
  • Lindores Abbey
  • Loch Lomond
  • Mackmyra
  • Old Ballantruan
  • SMWS
  • SPEY
  • Starward
  • Stauning
  • Sugar House Rum
  • Tomintoul
  • The Philosophy of Whisky - Billy Abbott
  • Wee Smoky
  • Wolfburn

The team added: "Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a curious newcomer, you can expect a relaxed day of exploration, celebration and tasting alongside a full programme of live entertainment, pop up food vendors and craft stalls. 

"We're also taking over Summerhall's historical Anatomy Lecture Theatre to host a series of exclusive curated masterclass tastings including ‘Whisky & Sherry: A spiritual pairing class with Scotch Malt Whisky Society’ and ‘Around the world with Whisk(e)y’ with Billy Abbott – celebrated brand ambassador of The Whisky Exchange and published author of The Philosophy of Whisky.

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland: Edinburgh Edition

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Saturday 11th December 2021, Summerhall - 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Ticket prices and times

All tickets include:

  • Entry to one National Whisky Festival Session (3 ½ hrs)
  • Unique ‘National Whisky Festival Of Scotland’ branded Glencairn crystal nosing glass, to use on the day and take home
  • Access to sampling an extensive range of different whiskies 
  • The official festival programme
  • Discount vouchers to be used at onsite festival bottle shop - run by specialist retailers.
  • Access to masterclasses within your session (to be booked separately)
  • And last but by no means least - an incredible bill of live music.

All events are 18+ only. These events are likely to sell out in advance - book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.  

Ticket: £35

The GlenDronach releases 50 year old single malt - the oldest dram from the distillery

Under 25s: £25

Session 1: 12pm

Session 2: 4.15pm


(Please note you need a National Whisky Festival session ticket to enter our masterclasses, these are sold separately)

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Whisky & Sherry: A spiritual pairing class with SMWS

Session One: 2.10 - 3pm

Session Two: 4.55 - 5.45pm

Ticket Price: £10

"From a dry and nutty Oloroso to a sweet and sticky Pedro Ximénez - yes it's winter, the season of the sherry cask. Delicious raisins, nuts and dried fruits. Rich jams, gingers and oak notes to boot... Join us and Leith cask masters, SMWS, as we embark on an exploration into the deep relationship between whisky and the wondrous fortified wine." 

Around the world with Whisk(e)y

Session Two: 6.25 - 7.05pm

Ticket Price: £10

"We are delighted to welcome Billy Abbott – celebrated brand ambassador of The Whisky Exchange and published author of The Philosophy of Whisky – who will take you around the world, exploring our favourite spirit’s intertwined history in the best way possible: by tasting it."

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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