Whatever and wherever the tasting or event, the main focus is to give members an informal, enjoyable and relaxed night out. Events range from step by step instruction in how to get the most from tasting single cask, single malt whisky to more adventurous couplings of whisky with food and song. Wherever you live in the UK you can get together, relax and indulge with the Society's finest Homecoming Scotland 2014: Clans & Drams Whisky Month.
Homecoming Scotland 2014: Clans & Drams Whisky Galore Month.
Amber Nectar Whiskies is run by Jane Denness-Marshall (Scotch Whisky Experience) the company has launched its new Brand to Scotland and Spain introducing some of the best ranges of Scottish Whisky.
The purpose of Scotch whisky is to give pleasure,’ says Charles MacLean in his Whiskypedia: A Gazetteer of Scotch Whisky, and Edinburgh is the place to pursue this principle.
You can literally immerse yourself in a whisky barrel at the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile, as you take a ride through a replica distillery to discover the whisky-making process. Experts guide you every sip of the way to a perfect glass of malt, with more than 300 different single malts, grains and blends to choose from in the shop. There’s also the chance to get up close to the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, the Diageo Claive Vadiz Collection, which has almost 3,500 individual bottles.
It’s a good idea to wash all of this alcohol down with some food at the Experience’s award-winning Amber restaurant, where the 300 whiskies on offer can be matched to seasonal Scottish produce such as prime beef, lamb and wild salmon.
Another whisky extravaganza you won’t want to miss is the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which celebrates the very best single malts produced in the country – all single-cask whiskies, from 126 different distilleries. You’ll have to be a member (or find one quickly and be very nice to them – they can sign in up to three guests each) in order to enjoy a dram at the Society’s convivial Members’ Rooms in Leith and Queen Street. The Dining Room restaurant in the latter is open to non-members.
You don’t have to be a member to walk into a shop and buy as much of the amber nectar as you like, of course, and you can pick up the big brands from any supermarket. But for a more thoughtful and extensive range you’d do better to head to one of the speciality shops in the Old Town, such as Royal Mile Whiskies or Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop.
At Royal Mile Whiskies, which has been specialising in single malts since 1991, the staff have the enviable task of sampling the produce in order to give customers the benefit of their knowledge. You won’t find a more enthusiastic, cheery bunch of sales assistants anywhere in the capital.
"Run by Jane Denness-Marshall the company has launched its new Brand to Scotland and Spain introducing some of the best ranges of Scottish Whisky. Jaz designed the logo flyers, banners and website."
A short stagger down the Royal Mile finds WM Cadenhead, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, established in 1842. Selling a range of whisky from different distillers, each from individually selected casks, they guarantee never to chill-filter, add colouring agents or chemically alter the products they bottle. Best to double check, we think – they run whisky tastings in a local pub, enabling customers to sample the Cadenhead range and other interesting bottlings. Oh, and that cute Greyfriars Bobby lookalike sitting in the window? No, it’s not the drink affecting your vision: he does move occasionally. Like the whisky, he’s the real deal.
Contact: Jane Denness-Marshall