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Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour and Tasting

1. Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour and Tasting

Take a guided whisky tour and learn the story of Scotland’s most famous product. Visit one of the world’s largest collections of Scotch whisky, with almost 3,500 individual bottles. Begin your tour with the story of the production and maturation process of single malt Scotch whisky. Then enjoy a sensory journey across Scotland, including an introduction to the five Scotch whisky-producing regions and an insight into their unique aromas and characteristics. Next, discover the art of blending, in the Blenders' Sample Room, learning the secrets of how the world-famous blends are created. Enjoy the chance to explore "one of the seven wonders of the Scotch whisky world", the glass vault containing one of the world’s largest collections of Scotch whisky (guests under 18 years of age will be given Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink). Take home your crystal tasting glass as a souvenir. When you select the Gold Tour option, after enjoying a full guided Silver Tour, you'll then compare and contrast four regional single malts, while relaxing in the McIntyre Gallery. Assisted by experienced guides, and provided with tasting notes, you'll be able to sip like a true connoisseur.

Edinburgh: Guided Gin Tasting at 56 North Distillery

2. Edinburgh: Guided Gin Tasting at 56 North Distillery

Step inside Edinburgh's 56 North Distillery to sample and discover how award-winning gins are made. Begin by entering Scotland's oldest dedicated gin bar with over 300 gins on the shelf. You will be welcomed with a South Loch Gin and Fever-Tree tonic and introduced to the beautiful copper stills that produce all of the South Loch Gin. Savor your gin and tonic whilst learning all about botanicals, production, bottling, and gin production. Then, sample three gins made at the South Loch Gin distillery with tasting notes and insights into the research and development behind them. Finish off by enjoying a South Loch Gin cocktail made by a dedicated bar team.

Edinburgh: Chocolatarium Tour, Tasting & Chocolate Making

3. Edinburgh: Chocolatarium Tour, Tasting & Chocolate Making

Embark on an interactive tour of a chocolate factory in Edinburgh and enjoy the chance to taste a variety of flavors.Learn about the process chocolate undergoes to get from a South American cacao tree to a Scottish chocolate bar. Make your own personalized chocolate creations. Step into the Chocolatarium for an immersive experience, perfect for all chocolate lovers. Smell the roasting cacao and see how it is transformed from bitter beans to sweet, smooth chocolate. Immerse yourself in the process by tasting chocolate samples at different stages of production. In the Chocolate Kitchen, choose a bar design, select your favorite flavors, and create your own personalized bar, ready to collect at the end of your tour. While you are waiting for your chocolate bar to cool, take a seat in the Tasting Room. Hear all about Scottish chocolate makers, sample fine single-origin chocolate, have a cup of hot cacao tea, and choose your favorite chocolates to try from rows of chocolate-tasting jars.

Edinburgh: Pickering's Gin Jolly Distillery Tasting Tour

4. Edinburgh: Pickering's Gin Jolly Distillery Tasting Tour

Learn all there is to know about gin and its unique distillation process on a Pickering's Gin Distillery tour at Summerhall in Edinburgh. Kick-start your tour with a delicious gin and tonic poured in style at the Royal Dick Bar, where you meet your guide For the first part of the tour, head over to the Old Workshop and sit back comfortably in a chair, sipping on your gin and tonic. Hear about the many gin inventions that were born here and the story of the distillery. Then, make your way to the distillery. Meet and greet the distillers at work and possibly see Gertrude and Emily — the two stills – in steaming action. To finish the tour in style, be walked through a tasting of four award-winning gin samples in the next room, where you can share your thoughts and feelings about your favorite drink with the group. Head home with a complimentary miniature bottle of your favorite sample that you will seal-wax yourself before the tasting. If your group exceeds 8 guests, please arrange a private tour. Groups of 8+ who book on to a public tour in separate bookings may be refused entry with no refund. This tour is for +18 only. We are unable to serve or allow people under the influence of alcohol into our distillery. Should your guide believe you to be under the influence, they reserve the right to refuse you with no refund.

EDI Edinburgh Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge

5. EDI Edinburgh Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge

Avoid the crowds and chaos of the public departure lounge and relax in style before your flight from Edinburg Heathrow Airport. Choose the duration of stay that best fits you, then make yourself comfortable the Plaza Premium Lounge. Plaza Premium Lounge at Edinburgh Airport provides an interactive space for travellers to relax or get work done, while junior travellers can enjoy some playtime before their flight. The lounge features the stylish gin bar, a collaboration with Edinburgh Gin, an award-winning premium gin distilled in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, who have created three exclusive gin cocktails for Plaza Premium Lounge guests. Decked with Scottish accents from local traditional tartan fabrics to woods and selected local artwork, the lounge’s interior references some of Scotland’s key landmarks and iconic imagery. The “quiet zone” by the bar, invites business or leisure travellers to unwind with views of the runway and Edinburgh Hill.

Edinburgh: Whisky Tasting with History and Storytelling

6. Edinburgh: Whisky Tasting with History and Storytelling

Enjoy an evening of whisky appreciation on a whisky-tasting experience on Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile. Taste four single malt scotch whiskies (if the option which includes a tasting is selected) and enjoy storytelling from your guide. If you want to avoid alcohol, you can join the tour and choose to book the option without whisky tastings. Meet your guide on the iconic Royal Mile for a short walk to one of the supplier's outstanding whisky venues. Over the next two hours, drink 4 outstanding single malt scotch whiskies taken from the 4 major whisky-producing regions of Scotland. Taste whiskies which range from the relatively delicate and subtle flavors of the Lowlands to the bold and robust tastes of Islay. You will also be given tasting cards giving notes on each of the whiskies that you sample. During the tour, experience some traditional storytelling and explore the significance of whisky to the Scottish identity. The entire upper floor of the venue is reserved, so there is plenty of space and privacy to conduct the story-orientated evening.

Edinburgh: Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea or Gin

7. Edinburgh: Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea or Gin

Enjoy a sophisticated afternoon tea with a refreshing gin "pot-tail" (a cocktail in a teapot for larger parties) of your choice, served from the onboard trolley bar on a guided bus tour. Tuck into an afternoon tea consisting of a sandwich, petit fours, cupcake, warm scones, and mini quiches. Depart from Stance ZF on Waterloo Place. Get a warm welcome from the bus staff with a glass of prosecco. Sit back, relax, and indulge your senses whilst taking in magnificent sites of the city like Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament Building. With this afternoon tour, indulge in 2 traditional British classics – tea and gin – based on the option you choose. If you upgrade to the gin option, get flavored gin cocktails supplied by Edinburgh Gin Company served in teapots with aromatic herbs and topped with dainty edible flowers. Treat your taste buds to traditional scones with fresh whipped cream and jam, a selection of finger sandwiches, mini rolls or wraps, mini quiches, and a selection of petit fours and cakes, all washed down with as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

Edinburgh: Pub Crawl 7 Bars with 6 Free Shots

8. Edinburgh: Pub Crawl 7 Bars with 6 Free Shots

Discover the best of Edinburgh's night life with this pub crawl to 7 excellent venues in the old town. Avoid the hassle of trying to find the best places by letting your party guide show you around. Take a walk on the wild side with 6 free shots that are specifically selected for you. Wander through various back streets to find the best kept secrets. Party hard with a party professional without worrying about paying a cover charge.

Edinburgh: History of Whisky Tour and Whisky Tasting

9. Edinburgh: History of Whisky Tour and Whisky Tasting

Follow in the footsteps of King James IV - said to be the world’s first famous whisky drinker - on a guided tour of the city he granted a whisky manufacturing monopoly to. Learn about Edinburgh’s role in taking whisky to the rest of the world, and hear how production changed over time. Listen to stories of the locals who embraced the drink with enthusiasm, including George Ballantine on South Bridge and Andrew Usher Jr. at Nicolson Street. Then, taste 4 different Scotch whiskies in the candlelit Megget’s Cellar under the guidance of a whisky specialist. Learn everything you need to know about the water of life, from how whisky is made to the effects that different elements have on the production process. Taste your way through the whisky regions, such as Speyside, Highland, Islay and Lowland distilleries, and take your first step to becoming a whisky connoisseur! 

Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

10. Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

Depart from Edinburgh and journey north to South Queensferry, where you will enjoy a photo stop of the Queensferry Bridges. Continue on to Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery for the first whisky-themed stop of the day. Spend 2 hours here for their Whisky and Chocolate tasting tour priced at £19.55 per person. Head on to Loch Lubnaig, and then to the Glenturret distillery. Located on the Turret River, just outside of Crieff, Glenturret Distillery is Scotland's oldest working distillery and still hand-crafts its whisky using the last remaining hand-operated mash tun in Scotland. Here, enjoy a tour and tasting at a cost of £15.

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We had Allister as a guide and story teller. The Whiskeys were selected to try and represent the key whiskey regions of Scotland, which was awesome. However the best part was the awesome story telling that included Scottish whiskey related stories that possibly shaped their country. Overall the entire experience was amazing and well worth it. When I return to Scotland I would happily go and do this tour again.

Such an amazing experience! The tour guide was great and we got the Gold Tour, so in total, we got to taste 5 whisky’s, and learn about how they were made from the different regions of Scotland. Definitely recommend! I went in not being too fond of whisky and left liking it ☺️

Nice tour with history about the beer and of course a number of stops for tasting. Nice enthusiastic guide!

Very nice experience, and interesting too, not to mention tasty. Very good gins and lovely presentation.

It was the best! The guide was amazing and very friendly also you get to meet lovely people