Whisky in Scotland

By Philippa Burne, UK, July 2011

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Scotland really makes you understand the attractions of whisky. One snowy Christmas, I tasted my first really good dram and I was converted. Not only was it delicious, but it warmed me right through and trust me when it’s winter in Scotland you need more than just a good jacket to keep you warm. I guess that’s why whisky is the national drink of Scotland, and has been since the fifteenth century. There are distilleries dotted all over the country and for those with a good palate, it’s possible to taste the regional differences.

If you don’t have time to travel the highlands and lowlands of the country, in Edinburgh, you can find the many varieties all in one place at the Scotch Whisky Experience. Here you’ll learn how whisky is made, the different regions and types, and, if you’re over 18, you’ll get to sample and pick your favorite. Then, of course, you are welcome to buy a bottle. Just to really get your heart started and ensure this is not just any old boring tour, there’s also a ride in a whisky barrel! If you take your whisky more seriously, you can join the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and dine and drink in their members’ dining room whenever you’re in Edinburgh. And of course there are specialized whisky sellers dotted all around Edinburgh, with bottles of rare and unusual whiskies priced into the thousands of dollars. Pack lightly so you’ve got room in your luggage to take a couple of special bottles back home with you.

Photo courtesy of 48 Hour Visit

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