If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll notice I’ve been posting pictures of beautiful, glowing bottles of vintage scotch bottles. If you’re not following me, I suggests you do because it will make you thirsty. Even better, you won’t see shots of me because that’s boring.
The Scotch Whisky Experience is a must for any adult who appreciates the finer things. And it will be a better experience if you upscale for the Gold or Platinum experience which includes more tastings.
While the tour portion has a little bit of a Disney theme park ride, you will get a valuable education on the different styles of Scotch based on what region it comes from.
You’ll start on a moving car where you see a magical Scotchman introduce you to the brewing process. It’s a little goofy, but it good you don’t do that after you drink because you might be seeing more than ghosts.
Then you’re lead through a series of rooms that explains the history of scotch. It’s about this time when you could use a drink. Just when you start to think about that, you sit in a circular table for the tasting education. It’s serious stuff — the blended vs. single malt, the Lowlands vs. Islay.
At the end, you’re lead into the Diageo Claive Vidiz collection, which is what I’ve been posting. It’s one of the most impressive collections by one person I’ve ever seen.
As they explain, “In the 1970’s, Claive Vidiz, a whisky enthusiast in Sao Paulo, Brazil and founder member of the Brazilian Association of Whisky Collectors, started to seek out and purchase Scotch whisky of varying type, cost and rarity. He amassed almost 3,500 bottles over 35 years.”
After you’re done glaring at all those beautiful bottles, the scrubs who only got the Silver ticket are done, while the pros who got the Gold experience get to drink more scotch. You’ll choose a flight of four, and you get to keep the glass. My glass survived in my luggage unbroken the whole rest of my two week trip. That’s fine Scottish craftsmanship there.
Finally, the gift shop is the greatest, and most painful, gift shop in Edinburgh. So much scotch, so little room. My advice is either get one of that hard-to-find bottle (the staff can point you to which ones are not exported) or just little sampler bottles which can be easily transported. You can always write down which ones and find it later in your country of origin.