The Scotch Whisky Experience – Edinburgh (REVIEW)

I recently went traveling in Europe and our first stop was to Scotland. One of the places we went to was Edinburgh, a city full of rich architecture, history, and a lot of sights to take in!

It was very much an impromptu road trip. We had not researched Edinburgh much (and I am usually someone who researches reviews and everything before planning things) so we were definitely in for a surprise.

In my next few posts, I will share some of the places we went to so that you can see what Edinburgh has to offer!

The Scotch Whisky Experience

When checking out places to check out first while we still had a little bit of daylight left, we decided to head on over to The Scotch Whisky Experience to learn how whisky was made.

Going into a barrel ride…

Instead of a traditional walking tour of the facilities, we rode in a barrel ride that stopped at different areas of the attraction. Each stop had a short video of the different steps it takes to make whisky.

The barrel in front of us

Scratch and sniff!

After the ride, we watched a semi-IMAX experience like video to learn about the different types of whisky produced in Scotland, and even got a cool scratch ‘n’ sniff card that allowed us to smell the flavours of each region. There are five different regions: Highland, Islay, Speyside, Lowland and Campbeltown.

After the video, we headed into the tasting room where projectors made little circles appear on our tables. To select the whisky we wanted to sample, we had to place our cup on top of the colour of the region. Neat!

Into the whisky room…

They also had really cool holograms of whisky bottles projected in various areas of the room. It was really neat and reminded me of Harry Potter.

Afterwards, we were brought into their whisky room. There were lots of glass displays with tons of whisky bottles, it was quite colourful and felt like we were in a movie, looking at all of them… priced in the lows and highs!

Time to taste!

Did you know that every year, 2% of whisky evaporates from the bottle? They showed us one whisky bottle in the corner of the room that was unopened, but had no whisky in it. This is because whisky just fades away every year! So if you want to have your whisky, don’t leave it for too long!

When the tour was finished, we ended up in the cafe area where you could order more whisky or get a flight if you held a gold ticket.

I thought it was a pretty unique experience. I would have liked a more personal tour of the facilities, but this is not really a distillery, so they don’t actually make anything at this location. If you like whisky, or want to learn more about it and try something new, I recommend giving this attraction a try!

Have you ever had whisky before? Let me know in the comments!