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The Scotch Whisky Experience: Guided Tour and Whisky Tasting

Product ID: 223509
Enjoy a guided tour, plus a nosing and tasting of a Scotch whisky or a soft drink, in The World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky. Take a ride in the whisky barrel car ride, learn the history of Scotch whisky, and take home your own tasting glass.
About this activity
Duration: 50 - 75 minutes
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Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Scots Gaelic
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Take a whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch whisky
  • Discover the aromas in Scotch Whisky
  • Enjoy a tutored dram experience in world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky
Full description
This guided whisky tour tells the story of Scotland’s most famous product. A highlight of these tours is the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, which is the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, encompassing almost 3,500 individual bottles.

This tour starts with the Whisky barrel car ride, which takes guests through the production and maturation process of Scotch whisky. This is followed by a sensory journey of Scotland including an introduction to Scotch whisky aromas.

Next, enjoy a tutored appreciation of Scotch whisky along with a viewing of the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky (guests under 18 years of age will be given Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink). The gift of a crystal tasting glass is included with this tour.

If you select the gold tour option, after enjoying a full guided tour, you'll compare and contrast 4 regional single malts whilst relaxing in the beautiful McIntyre Gallery. Assisted by experienced guides, and provided with tasting notes, you'll be able to sip like a true connoisseur, and compare the regions to find your perfect dram.
  • Fully guided tour in English with audio guides available in 20 different languages
  • 1 whisky tasting or soft drink option
  • Gift of a crystal tasting glass for visitors over 18 years of age
  • A tasting tray of 4 single malt Scotch whiskys (only available with the Gold Tour option)

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Meeting point

Scotch Whisky Experience, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• The Scotch Whisky Experience is located at the top of The Royal Mile, beside Edinburgh Castle
• The closest car parking facility is the NCP car park on Cast Terrace
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 184 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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It was informative and not sluggish and boring. First you drive like in a scary train with gondolas and get everything explained in the desired language, then the different regions and their flavors are explained, then it's time to try. You choose the whiskey according to the region, which you then taste. Then you can marvel at an insane whiskey collection, after which we got 4 more whiskeys to try.

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28 December 2019

Since you have to go, we had the silver tour, duration 50 minutes, booked. The tour is great, you drive at first with a whiskey barrel through the history and origin of whiskey. Then take a guide, it gives insights into the Scottish whiskey regions and you will be prepared for the tasting. So really great. I do not want to betray too much. The guides at the beginning and the guide for the tasting are young, competent and well informed. Class. However, one tastes only one whiskey at the Silver Tour, a second we would have liked to try.

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17 August 2019

Short but good

If you don't want to spend hours learning how to make whiskey, then this is the trip. We got a nice introduction to the production which lasted 10 minutes. This was done by sitting in a "whiskey barrel" which drove us through a track where we were led through the whiskey production. We were then explained via a big screen and a narrative guide, around the various whiskey districts that are in Scotland. Finally we got a taste of a whiskey, while we were in a very nice room, which was filled with floor-to-ceiling whiskey bottles on the walls. It was incredibly nice with all the different color bottles.

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21 July 2019

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