Holyrood Distillery offering free dram and tours to celebrate launch of inaugural whisky

Next month is an exciting time for Holyrood Distillery, as they will release their first whisky, Arrival..

Published 28th Sep 2023
Updated 30 th Oct 2023

To celebrate the long-awaited launch of Holyrood Distillery’s inaugural whisky, Arrival, the distillery is offering free drams and tours to Edinburgh locals.

Those with an Edinburgh postcode can look forward to live music, a complimentary tour of the distillery and the opportunity to be one of the first to taste the new whisky, at an event on Saturday 7 October.

Officially launching on Friday 6 October, Arrival is one of the first single malt whiskies produced in Edinburgh in a century.

It is distilled from the heart of the historic old town, with striking views of Salisbury Crags; in a refurbished ‘engine shed’, once part of the terminus of the Innocent Railway .

Founded in 2019, Holyrood Distillery is dedicated to producing spirits that are truly worthy of Scotland’s capital city and its proud past as a centre of brewing and distilling.

Debs Newman, General Manager for Holyrood Distillery, said of the launch: “This year Edinburgh has been well and truly placed back on the whisky-making-map, and we want to take a moment - with our neighbours and other Edinburgers - to raise a dram to this on Saturday 7 October.

"Just as the distillery is a part of Edinburgh, our city and its people, heritage and culture are what we draw inspiration from every day.

"Our whisky has been quietly maturing, and we are so excited to now share itwith the people of Edinburgh.”

Calum Rae, Distillery Manager, added: “Just as Edinburgh is made up of contrasting elements - modernity and heritage, the Old Town and the New Town, Arrival brings sweet and spice together in a banging dram."

How to claim the free Holyrood dram and tour

The special one day event will allow EH postcode holders access to a fully guided tour of the distillery, plus a welcome cocktail, and a sample of Arrival whisky.

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Tours will last approximately one hour, and will be available every hour between 12pm - 6pm.

The bar and distillery shop will be open from 12pm to 7pm. Live music and specially created cocktails will herald the launch of the new whisky and food will be available to order from neighbours, High Dive Pizza Bar.

Holyrood whisky Arrival

Tickets are limited, so advance booking is essential. Complimentary tickets are available to book now via the ticket link.

Ticket holders must be over 18 and show photo ID and proof of Edinburgh postcode on entry.

What does Arrival whisky taste like?

Calum shared his tasting notes saying: “On the nose, I get dried fruits and a sweetness almost like butterscotch or sticky toffee pudding.

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"Taking a sip, there’s digestive biscuit and ginger spice, with a wee savoury note. The finish is mouth watering and for such a young whisky, there’s a surprising amount of complexity.”

Those looking to get their hands on Arrival will have to be quick with only a limited number of bottles available to purchase.

The whisky will be available in the Holyrood Distillery shop, on their website and in specialist stores such as The Whisky Shop, Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Exchange, Robert Graham 1874 Whisky, Jeffrey Street Whisky, Good Spirits Company and Master of Malt. The RRP is £67


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Holyrood Distillery, Saint Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh, UK
Holyrood Distillery, Saint Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh, UK, EH8 9SH
Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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