The inaugural Whisky Luxe Edinburgh took place on Friday 7th September at the Scotch Whisky Experience in the heart of the city.
The evening, designed to be an exclusive celebration of the world of whisky, welcomed guests to walk the red carpet and sample fine food and exquisite Scotch whiskies.
Over 70 individual expressions were showcased including Scotch category winners from Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards 2012, along with food and whisky matched canapes, cocktails, and fine food chosen by food and whisky expert Martine Nouet. As well as the whiskies, local jeweller Hamilton & Inches and tweed specialist Walker Slater were also present, as partners to the event.
Guests gathered to sample the Damore Cigar Malt, Bowmore Maltman's Selection and new release The Macallan 1824 Series Gold to name but a few while three Golden Ticket holders won a range of prizes each, including a weekend stay in the Whyte & Mackay Isle of Jura Lodge, a dinner, bed and breakfast stay and one day's sailing for two at the Duisdale Hotel, £100 Walker Slater vouchers, a five year subscription to Whisky Magazine, a Hamilton & Inches gift, select bottles of whisky and a VIP visit and overnight stay at the exclusive Easter Elchies House at the Macallan distillery.
A timetable of masterclasses, hosted by industry experts Jonny McCormick and Charlie MacLean provided a unique insight into the world of whisky, from the world's most collectible whiskies to an exploration of age.
Whisky Luxe Edinburgh was the first of its kind in the UK, originating in New Delhi, and is part of the Whisky Live family, which take place across the globe, offering the unique opportunity to sample the greatest whiskies in the world.
What the visitors and exhibitors said:
"Fabulous night at Whisky Luxe in Edinburgh. Most amazing array of whiskies I'll probably ever have the joys of tasting" - Scott Thornton
"Really enjoyed whisky luxe, sampled some fine drams" - Raith Rover
"Excellent evening @ScotchWhiskyExp @The_Macallan a real hit at Whisky Luxe #MacGold #Oscuro" - Liz Taylor, The Macallan
"Amazing whiskies at Whisky Luxe" - Seaneen Sullivan
"Thanks to @ScotchWhiskyExp and @Whisky_Magazine for hosting & arranging a great evening at #WhiskyLuxe last night. Some interesting drams!" - Scottish Routes
"A great event...I had a fantastic time!" - Blair Bowman