The Scotch Whisky Experience – Edinburgh

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Are planning a visit to Scotland? Do you like whisky? Well we have the experience for you!

Whisky bottles

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotch Whisky Experience

While in Edinburgh, we visited the sensational Scotch Whisky Experience, which teaches you all about the history of whisky, how it’s made, the different types, and even provides a sample at the end of the tour.

Scotch Whisky Experience

There is a variety of tour options available based on your level of interest. We selected the Silver Tour (the most popular), which is ideal for families and first timers and is offered all day, every day! (An audio guide is available for non-English speaking guests and is offered in 15 different languages.)

Whiskey distillery

First, we took a whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch whisky with our virtual host- Douglas McIntyre “The Distillery Manager”.

Ghost hologram

Scotch Whisky Experience ride

How scotch whisky is madeGhost hologram

It kind of reminded me of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney, though more informative!

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Scotch Whisky Experience

Whisky maturation

I particularly enjoyed watching the video about how the barrels are made.

Coopering barrels

After a short wait, we entered the Sense of Scotland room where we were given an introduction to the aromas in whisky, then selected the style of whisky we wanted to sample. For kids on the tour (under the age of 18), a dram of (non-alcoholic) Irn Bru is provided.

Sampling whisky Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotch Whisky Experience sampling whisky

I loved the scratch and sniff cards that helped us select the aroma/flavor that would best tantalize our taste buds!

Four whisky regions of Scotland

I learned that I preferred the whisky from the Highland region, while Sam favored the Speyside whiskys. Before this tour I was not aware that whisky was flavored based on the region of Scotland where it originates.

Scotch Whisky Experience

One of the final stops on the tour was the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky- over 3,500 bottles!

Lots of whisky bottles

Scotch Whisky Experience

Your parting gift from the hour-long tour is your crystal tasting glass, which makes for a great souvenir!

Glencairn whisky glass

You also receive a discount in the store, which offers a large and unique selection of whiskys and other delicacies and gifts.

Scotch Whisky Experience shop

On your next visit to Scotland, be sure to stop by the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, conveniently located on the Royal Mile, for a sensational and informative time.

For tour options and prices, please visit The Scotch Whisky Experience’s website.

We’d like to thank the Scotch Whisky Experience for their partnership, as they provided us with a pair of complementary passes, so we could share our experiences with you.

As always, our write-ups are an accurate reflection of the experiences we had.

Amber Restaurant & Whisky Bar

Amber restaurant and whisky bar

We later returned to the Scotch Whisky Experience to have dinner in their restaurant- Amber.

Amber restaurant and whisky bar Amber restaurant and whisky bar Bitter & twisted beer and wine Amber restaurant and whisky bar

I had an incredible baked goat cheese parcel with veggies and Sam enjoyed the traditional lamb stovies pot.

Amber restaurant and whisky bar lamb stew

The picture below doesn’t do it any justice, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Millionaire brûlée- a caramel and chocolate crème brûlée with shortbread topping.

Amber restaurant and whisky bar crème brûlée

The restaurant ambiance was lovely and the food was very tasty. We found the prices to be a little high for the amount of food provided, but all-in-all we would recommend it for a delicious light meal.


  1. There’s Scotch, and then there’s really good Scotch. Must have been fun to sample various types and learn about the whiskey-making process. Sounds like a fun must-do activity when visiting Edinburgh :-).

    • It was super fun… and informative! We only got to sample one type of Whisky (on our particular tour), but it was carefully selected based on our preferences after we learned about the different flavors and aromas in each of the different types of whisky. Of course, we also sampled other Whisky during our time in Scotland!

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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