Thursday, 11 September 2014

Whisky Blending at the Scotch Whisky Experience

It's no secret that one of my favourite things in the world is whisky. Luckily for me and all the city's whisky lovers, you don't have to walk far to find a wee dram in Edinburgh. But even after 3 years of following the whisky trail around Auld Reekie, I have never had the chance to create my own blend of liquid sunshine. Now The Scotch Whisky Experience are offering just that.

After browsing their very extensive whisky range in the shop (so many I'd love for a personal collection), we were escorted to a private room and presented with four drams and some science-experiment-like equipment. First things first, we were challenged to test our noses with 20 different aromas or flavours we might smell in whisky (I won't tell you what any of them are, as I don't want to give any clues). It wasn't as easy as you might think! Then a delicious and very informative led tasting of four regional malts – from the Highlands, Speyside, Lowlands & Islay – after which you get the chance to blend any combination of these four regional single blends (from an almondy Highland, to a salty sweet Islay) for your very own unique blend. I ended up more than happy with my own wee bottle, which I proudly called "Old Stag".

And afterwards, a tour of the building including a room that housed a very large private collection of whiskies many, many years old: a sight in itself that would make a whisky-lover weak at the knees!

The evening was a whisky-infused delight. Even if you've never had whisky before, it's a very fun evening of sniffing (or nosing as they say in the whisky world), sipping and blending, all with expert help and a led tasting. Not to mention absolutely delicious canap├ęs from Amber restaurant (including slides of beef en croute, swoon). The tour and blending package can be run for groups of 10 people or more and is £65 per person. Quite a delicious, magical way to spend an evening.


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