Scran bonus episode: The Scotch Whisky Experience and its career-launching history

A bonus episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 23rd Feb 2024
Updated 23 rd Feb 2024

This is a special partnership episode of Scran with the Scotch Whisky Experience.

Nestled on Castle Hill, within a stones throw of Edinburgh Castle, the Scotch Whisky Experience has been welcoming visitors from all over the world since the late 80s - a time when the world of whisky was very, very different to what it is now.

I went along to experience this popular tour and speak to some of the people in the know about how it came about, what it has to offer and how it has played a not insignificant role in nurturing much of the talent found in the whisky industry today.

I chat to Angela Dineen, Operations Director about the history of the experience as well as modern undertakings, including the recent investment of £3.5m into a new tour and how it houses one of the world's largest collections of scotch whisky.

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Picture: The Scotch Whisky Experience Facebook

I also speak to Michelle Pizzi, Site Director of The North British Distillery and Alex Thomson, Visitor Attraction Manager at The Glenturret Distillery who share their memories of their time working at the Scotch Whisky Experience and how it helped shape their future careers in the industry.

They offer some great insight into working in this thriving industry and how the Scotch Whisky Experience has played its part in their careers.

If you're interested in opportunities with them, check out their website where you can find more information.

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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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