Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Continuing my list of the best pubs, bars, and whisky spots in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Royal Mile Whiskies
379 High St.
The Royal Mile
+44 (0) 131 225 3383
No, it isn't a pub or bar, but it is the best place to get whisky in Edinburgh, without any doubt, and creating your home bar is a great place to start. Lovely people who are always knowledgeable but never condescending or too whiskynerd-y, with some of the fairest prices to be found; they could be really taking the tourists to town when you consider where they are located. They sell excellent Scottish beers, too. And books. And haggis.
Say 'hi' to Stuart, Alex, Alaric, and whoever else is still in the shop and you are certain to be able to try before you buy. Be kind and you'll be treated kindly. They have been doing this since 1991 and have gone from success to success. They even bottle their own malts from time to time (Clynelish, Longmorn, Mortlach, to name a few).
They are always excited about "showing" you something and are determined to finding the right whisky for you, not the right whisky for their sales goals or profit margins. Not a whisky experience to miss while in Edinburgh and certainly worth popping in every time you walk past... if your mates/family/colleagues will let you.
Check out Royal Mile Whiskies in London, too.
For more of Dr. Whisky's picks of the best pubs in Edinburgh, click HERE.