Each year, Edinburgh’s Christmas descends on the city for a full six weeks, bringing with it a mix of bright lights and extortionate prices. Usually the celebrations are confined to the New Town, but this year, the historic Royal Mile is getting in on the act by hosting the Virgin Money (that’s why it’s free) Street of Light.
And to tie in with the new event, The Scotch Whisky Experience has introduced a new tour to warm up the 250,000 people who are expected to attend the event up until its conclusion on Christmas Eve. The new Whisky Enlightenment Tour is timed to coincide with either the start or finish of the performance; perfectly bookending a chilly evening in the capital.
Our night started with a delicious Drambuie Hot Toddy, served in the attraction’s well stocked shop, which gave us the chance to meet our fellow tour-goers and make a mental list of all the whisky I’d like to receive for Christmas. Santa will be receiving a very long list in the next couple of days!
Moving upstairs, we were treated to a quick, light-hearted look at the basics for Scotch Whisky. For me, this served as more of a refresher than revealing anything brand new, but it’s a great introduction for anyone that might be new to the tipple.
We then moved through to the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, which never fails to amaze me. Here, we were treated to a dram of the Dalmore 12 Year Old, before being taught how to nose and taste the whisky. Again, Whisky 101 for a whisky bore like me, but a short and concise introduction for newbies. The whisky was also accompanied by a chocolate truffle from the attraction’s Amber Restaurant, which nicely complimented the Dalmore’s deep, sherried flavours.
On exiting via the gift shop, when were presented with a Glencairn glass and I had the chance to scribble down a few more Christmas wishes. It was then onto Street of Light just a couple of minutes down the Royal Mile, for a light show unlike anything I’ve ever seen before (depending on your fondness for Christmas, you can take this comment either way).
Whisky Enlightenment @ The Scotch Whisky Experience costs £15 per person and is restricted to adults only.
Disclaimer: Regular readers will know that The Scotch Whisky Experience is a day-to-day client of mine. However, the usual rules stand – if it’s not good enough, then it doesn’t get in.