5 Ways to Celebrate World Whisky Month in Edinburgh
It’s officially World Whisky Month in Scotland and there are plenty of ways you can celebrate with a wee malt.
Single malt whisky is one of the most popular reasons people visit Scotland, so we’ve decided to dedicate an entire month to our iconic national drink.
Whether it’s a special whisky tasting or a festival in the Highlands, here are 5 ways you can celebrate!
World Whisky Day at The Royal McGregor
When: 18th May
What better way to sample Scotland’s greatest export than a whisky tasting on World Whisky Day? That’s right. Inside World Whisky Month is also World Whisky Day, which is celebrated around the globe on May 18th. The Royal McGregor is holding a special, one off whisky tasting on the day to celebrate.
The Royal McGregor has been hosting whisky tastings for more than 20 years, and it’s traditional pub feel adds a touch of old world Scotland to any tasting. If you want to experience World Whisky Day without feeling like you’re at a festival built for tourists, this is your event.
In the tasting, you'll learn:
- How whisky is produced
- The maturation process
- How to taste & get the most out of your dram
- The different whisky regions in Scotland, and what makes each one unique!
Our World Whisky Day tasting will include:
- 3 single malts
- Dark chocolate
- Scottish still water
- Your own personal whisky guide!
The tasting will last for 1 1/2 hours and cost £21.50pp.
Book your ticket here!
2. The Edinburgh Whisky Stramash
When: 19th & 20th May
The Edinburgh Whisky Stramash, held at the historic Surgeons’ Hall, has become an institution for World Whisky Month in Edinburgh.
The two day event hosts together distillers and reps from whisky brands across Scotland, who are all keen for you to have a dram. Plus, if you’re a die-hard whisky fan, it’s a great chance to chat to the distillery’s reps about any new releases and rare bottlings.
Combined with plenty of experiences, themed seminars exploring things like food matching and aromas, and more whisky knowledge than you can shake an empty glass at, it’s a must-do for your Whisky Month calendar.
3. The Islay Festival of Music and Malt: Fèis Ìle
Islay is arguably the most iconic whisky region in the whole country. So it makes sense that it’s celebrated with it’s own festival: Fèis Ìle.
The festival has been around fore over thirty years, and you can expect to find more than single malts and music. It’s a celebration of this southern Hebridean island’s heritage and people.
Of course, Islay malts are available by the barrel full. And you can sip away whilst enjoying a program full of Scottish events like ceilidhs, traditional music, to golf, Gaelic lessons and, of course, whisky tastings.
Plus, you’ll have the chance to visit an iconic Islay distillery while you’re there.
4. Follow the Malt Whisky Trail
Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail is the only trail of its kind in the world.
It takes in the iconic distilleries of Speyside, giving you a tour of seven world-famous working distilleries, one historic distillery and the fascinating Speyside Cooperage.
Speyside is home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries, making it the ideal place for any whisky enthusiast to dig a bit deeper.
5. Stirling Whisky Festival
Fancy Highland malts? Then the Stirling Whisky Festival is a good shout.
If you’re basing yourself in Edinburgh and can’t travel too far afield, this weekend’s festival in Stirling will tick your boxes. The main event on Saturday night is a tasting in partnership with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at the Stirling Distillery. The society will be presenting six of their unique single malts along with small food plates perfectly paired with each dram.
If you’re about for the whole weekend, you can sign up for the whisky masterclass, rare coveted malts and all.