Balmoral Exterior

Edinburgh's landmark 5 star hotel The Balmoral has yet another reason for incentive guests to stay there, a brand new bar. However, this is no ordinary bar, this is a whisky bar with the largest collection of purely Scottish whiskies available to the public in Edinburgh; Sláinte to Scotch! (Sláinte is a word translated as "health" in Gaelic and is commonly used as a drinking toast in Scotland).

When a member of the Balmoral’s team was asked for help in finding a good whisky bar, it occurred to them that they should be able to offer Scotland’s iconic product in house. Thus, Scotch was born. With over 400 whiskies from across the regions of Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, the Highlands and the Lowlands; there are a variety of blends, malts and vintages dating back to 1940 available.

Seating at Scotch
Seating at Scotch

The interior of Scotch is a reminder of what you are there for.  A hand crafted oak panelled whisky cabinet, chocolate velvet armchairs, neutral tweed sofas and amber coloured walls all help to create a warm, intimate ambience in which to enjoy a whisky.

Whisky bottles in Scotch Bar
Whisky bottles in Scotch Bar

There are also three highly trained ‘Whisky Ambassadors’, who are on hand to advise and recommend whiskies to guests (whether they be a whisky novice or aficionado) and to oversee this impressive collection of whisky. These knowledgeable ambassadors are appropriately attired in kilts specially woven by Royal kilt-makers Kinloch Anderson based close the hotel in Edinburgh.

Scotch at the balmoral
Scotch at the balmoral

Each and every dram is served with a selection of bar snacks including smoked almonds, wild boar salami and dark Swiss chocolate; all selected to complement the wide variety of whisky flavours on offer. In addition there is a menu of contemporary Scottish dishes available to tempting guests with a taste of the finest local produce including home-cured whisky and honey salmon, seared West Coast scallops and off course traditional haggis, neeps and tatties (turnip and potatoes).

With this amazing bar Scotch now open within its historic walls, The Balmoral Hotel can now offer incentive guests an authentic space for whisky tastings. Or perhaps just a gorgeous place to enjoy Scotland’s national drink..….it would be rude not to!

For  ideas, suggestions and new ideas for your next incentive to Scotland contact us today on inspireme@helloscotland.com

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