Nick Brown wrote:The SMWS bar suffers, in my view, from the lack of ability to peruse the stock in any meaningful way. You can look at the tasting notes of the latest bottlings, but the rest is just pot luck. You can't see what's there and what isn't. This ought to be remedied with a decent whisky menu.
Hi Nick ,
If you ask at the bar they have folders with tasting notes for all the bottles on the shelves , a sort of whisky menu ......
The SMWS in Queen Street seems to charge far more for a dram than Leith. Whenever I go in there, it seems to be full of business people who are drinking mineral water or lager and just using the place as a club, rather than a whisky club.
My understanding (sure i read is somewhere but i may be wrong !) is that the difference between The Vaults and Queen St is that The Vaults is open to Members and guests only whereas Queen street is open to anyone as well as members , so they might charge more for that reason .
I prefer The Vaults , there's something very "hospital" about QS , in that it has clean white lines and seems sanitised (if that sounds right!) ! Mind you the one thing it has going for it is that it does have Ian Grays Paintings hanging up .....
The Vaults is definitely a better place for a dram , more warming and homely , also the flats are very handy and superb for getting your head down after a long session on the malts !!!