WHISKY TASTINGS IN EDINBURGH

Whatever the occasion, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has a space for you. 

We are a whisky club like no other. We can arrange tastings for members and non-members, be it for an private social gathering or a corporate function, for private dining or as a fun addition to a business meeting. Or you may simply want to delve into some of our single cask delights under the guidance of our spirited ambassadors. Our fantastic venues in Edinburgh provide ideal surroundings befitting fine and stylish events.

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WHY CHOOSE US?

Well, we don't like to brag but we're not only the IBC's bar group of the year but we are the independent bottler of the year. In fact we have won the accolade 6 times in the last 9 years. 

Our tastings are never copies of the last ones at either of our Edinburgh locations. Our range of award winning single cask whiskies changes with each monthly outturn and we have selections of over 200 whiskies to pick out something incredible for you to try.

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CHOOSE FROM A SELECTION OF WHISKY EXPERIENCES

Depending on your booking size we have a choice of tasting experiences where an ambassador will take you through regions, ages and flavours. 

Choose to add food pairings to your tastings. Or pick out the old and rare tastings for those who really know their whisky.

Smaller parties can enjoy bar service and join regular weekly whisky and food tastings.

CHOOSE A VENUE IN CENTRAL EDINBURGH OR LEITH

Pick 28 Queen Street for a modern but cosy private whisky lounge in central Edinburgh with the Dining Room (the AA's 2017-18 restaurant of the year) providing food. 

Or visit the iconic 18th century building, The Vaults in Leith, for a tasting at our spiritual home. Situated just off The Shore, a vibrant highstreet packed with bars and eateries.

SUITABLE OPTIONS FOR DIFFERENT PARTY SIZES

For party sizes 1-5 we have a bar flights, whisky and cheese pairings and ticketed, group events, you can join.

For any party of 6-12 people you can choose a tasting option and customise this to suit you. 

We also run private event services for groups of 12+ people. Contact us to find out more

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28 Queen Street

EH1 1JX

Central Edinburgh Location, 5-10 minutes from Princes Street and Edinburgh Waverley Station

Optional food and bar snacks from The AA's Restaurant Of The Year 2017-18, The Dining Room

3 tasting rooms available: The Library (6 to 8 people), Oval Room (6 to 10 People) and the Hunter Room (10 to 18 people)

Drop in public tastings are available for groups of for any number of guests in the Kaleidoscope Bar


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The Vaults

EH6 6BZ

Soak in the Society history in our spiritual home

Located just off The Shore, Leith's buzzing cultural centre with bus connections to central Edinburgh outside the building

2 tasting rooms available: Cask Room, suitable for private booking parties of 14 to 35 people. For smaller more intimate parties the Tasting Room is ideal for groups from 6 to 14.

Add optional food or even a stay in the Vaults Apartment

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28 Queen Street

EH1 1JX



Central Edinburgh Location, 5-10 minutes from Princes Street and Edinburgh Waverley Station


Optional food and bar snacks from The AA's Restaurant Of The Year 2017-18, The Dining Room


3 tasting rooms available: The Library (6 to 8 people), Oval Room (6 to 12 People) and the Hunter Room (10 to 18 people)


Drop in public tastings are available in the Kaleidoscope Bar for any number of guests, but ideal for smaller groups of 1 to 5


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EH6 6BZ



Soak in the Society history in our spiritual home


Located just off The Shore, Leith's buzzing cultural centre with bus connections to central Edinburgh right outside the building


2 tasting rooms available: Cask Room, suitable for private booking parties of 14 to 35 people - Although parties of 20+ should contact the team directly using the form below. For smaller more intimate parties the Tasting Room is ideal for groups from 6 to 14.


Add optional food or even a stay in the Vaults Apartment


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Terms & Conditions


Terms and Conditions of Private Whisky Tastings and Drop In Bar Flights

To guarantee a booking for bookings of 6 and over, we require credit/visa/debit card details which will be held securely off site. These card details will only be used in case you do not show for the booking without at least 72 hours notice for cancellation, or in case you do not settle the full and final bill for the booking and any extras prior to departure. No shows will be charged at £10 per person. For Bar Flight and Whisky & Cheese bookings, full payment is required upfront. For any outstanding balance we will debit the card provided in order to obtain payment on the day of the meal and a 3% administration charge will be added to the bill. Your provision of card details indicates acceptance of our terms and conditions (Full terms and conditions can be found at https://www.smws.com)

We require all attendees to be over the legal age of 18. We reserve the right to refuse service should legally accepted ID not be provided upon request. We accept all widely recognised official ID documentations such as passports, driving licenses and National Identity documents.

Final Numbers Required for Parties over 14:

Final group numbers need to be confirmed a week prior to the booking. Groups of 10 and under are able to select their menu choices on the day of the booking. Menu choices for groups of 11 and over must be provided seven days prior to your booking. Groups of 21 and over must select a set menu (all guests must choose the same starter, main and dessert)

For private room hire for function rooms there are separate terms and conditions available at smws.com and at your request in the contact form above. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any information.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Bar Flights

£20-£29 per person - chosen with or without food.

Available at 28 Queen Street only

Journey Through Flavour

£39 per person, £29 for member bookings

Available at The Vaults and 28 Queen Street

The Regional Explorer

£44 per person, £34 for member bookings

Available at The Vaults and 28 Queen Street

The Old & Rare

£75 per person, £65 for member bookings

Available at The Vaults and 28 Queen Street

3 x 25ml drams are selected and introduced to you. Enjoy the drams at your leisure in a stylish setting. Choose to add a meal from the bar menu or a cheese pairing to complement your drams.

Try 4 x 25ml cask strength drams of single malt whisky that exquisitely depict the impact region can have on the favour of the spirit. Take your taste buds on an ambassador guided tour of the regions.

Embark on an ambassador guided tour of our rarest and oldest whiskies. Savour 4 x 25ml cask strength beauties that few will ever sample. An experience to delight even the most seasoned whisky lovers.

A signature Society tasting of 3 x 25ml drams that demonstrate how unique individual Scotch Whiskies are. Learn about the whisky and what makes flavours of the spirit so diverse.

Bar Flights

£20-£29 per person - chosen with or without food.

Available at 28 Queen Street only

Journey Through Flavour

£39 per person, £29 for member bookings

Available at The Vaults and 28 Queen Street

The Regional Explorer

£44 per person, £34 for member bookings

Available at The Vaults and 28 Queen Street

The Old & Rare

£75 per person, £65 for member bookings

Available at The Vaults and 28 Queen Street

3 x 25ml drams are selected and introduced to you. Enjoy the drams at your leisure in a stylish setting. Choose to add a meal from the bar menu or a cheese pairing to complement your drams.

A signature Society tasting of 3 x 25ml drams that demonstrate how unique individual Scotch Whiskies are. Learn about the whisky and what makes flavours of the spirit so diverse.

Try 4 x 25ml cask strength drams of single malt whisky that exquisitely depict the impact region can have on the favour of the spirit. Take your taste buds on an ambassador guided tour of the regions.

Embark on an ambassador guided tour of our rarest and oldest whiskies. Savour 4 x 25ml cask strength beauties that few will ever sample. An experience to delight even the most seasoned whisky lovers.

CHOOSE A TASTING

Our highly skilled team are passionate about creating one-of-a-kind private events tailored to your needs and expectations. Should you wish to combine a place of your choosing with the Society’s touch, we will be delighted to come to you. 

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s private rooms are available for hire for every person with a taste for quality and sophistication. 


To find out more about the rooms available and their prices, contact the team using the form on this page.

CONTACT THE TEAM AND MAKE YOUR OWN TASTING.

CONTACT THE TEAM AND MAKE YOUR OWN TASTING.