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History of Whisky in Edinburgh with Whisky Tasting

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Walking the Old Town of Edinburgh and see the city that founded the world’s largest Scottish whisky company, hear of the people that helped whisky production and then retire to Megget’s cellar for a candlelit single malt whisky tasting.

  • Discover the history of the Old Town and its whisky connections
  • Hear of Scotland’s past and the changing role of Scottish whisky
  • Relish fine malt whiskies and learn how your dram was created
  • Learn more about Scotland’s finest ‘water of life’

King James IV has been referred to as the world’s first famous whisky drinker and it was Edinburgh that he granted a monopoly of whisky manufacturing. He believed in the medicinal properties of whisky which was produced by the Guild of Surgeon Barbers; it’s just one of the transformations of whisky over the centuries.

Upon meeting your expert guide you’ll hear about Edinburgh’s role in taking whisky to the rest of the world. Learn about how the nineteenth century changed whisky production in Scotland and of the locals that embraced whisky, from George Ballantine on South Bridge to Andrew Usher Jr at Nicolson Street. The tour continues with a whisky tasting in the candlelit Megget’s Cellar. There’s no better way to warm the spirits. You’ll taste four Scottish whiskies, under the guidance of whisky specialist .

The whisky expert will cover 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, with whiskies from Speyside, Highland, Islay and Lowland distilleries. Just consider this your first step to becoming a whisky connoisseur!

What’s included

Guided whisky tasting

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