The Perfect Blend

The Perfect Blend

New whisky tasting tour experience at The Real Mary King's Close
Rupert Wheeler

22 April 2016

Publication: Issue 135

May is Whisky Month and to celebrate, The Real Mary King's Close will be launching The Perfect Blend, a brand new whisky tasting experience in partnership with Royal Mile Whiskies, multiple winner of Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky Retailer of the Year award.

The Perfect Blend is a unique whisky tasting experience in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Combining Scotland's most iconic exports, history and whisky, this tour will take guests back in time as they uncover Edinburgh's incredible hidden history whilst getting to grips with the national drink.

Guests will enjoy five drams of whisky: a grain, a blend, a malt, a sherry cask matured and a peaty whisky. Each one has been specially selected to highlight the diverse nature of Scottish whisky. The tour, as well as taking guests on a journey through history, will provide an insight into the varieties of whisky available in Scotland, why they are different and how the flavours have been shaped by the methods involved in their production. As guests savour a peaty dram, they may find themselves transported to the west coast of Scotland or doing the work of a noser as they try to work out the different components of a blend.

Each nip of whisky will be accompanied by a sample of award-winning organic craft chocolate from local suppliers, Chocolate Tree. Guests will be able to taste how this combination of flavours works together to enhance the subtle nuances of each specially selected whisky. From Madagascan Sambirano 72 per cent dark chocolate to sea salt and caramel, each craft chocolate has been chosen to bring out the individuality of the whiskies. As the chocolate and the whisky combine, guests will be able to experience the flavours transform on their palate.

"This is a really exciting opportunity to work with local businesses to create a truly unique and Scottish event for Whisky Month," comments General Manager, Craig Miller.

"It will be a chance for those who have visited the attraction before to come back and experience the Close in a different way and it will also be a great event for those visiting the capital to tick off some of the must-do experiences when in Scotland: taste whisky and discover a really fascinating history."

The Perfect Blend will run throughout the month of May and tickets are now on sale. Advanced booking is recommended and tickets can be purchased online at:, by phone on 0131 225 0672 Or in person at The Real Mary King's Close.

Bunnahabhain unveils day trip experience to Islay Festival

Whisky fans are being offered a unique chance to soak up the atmosphere at one of the world's top whisky festivals, thanks to Bunnahabhain's new day tripper experience, which will take place on Friday 27 May 2016.

The Islay based whisky brand has unveile a special one day trip, taking visitors directly from Glasgow to its distillery in the north of the island and back the same day, during the annual Feis Ile - The Islay Festival of Music and Malt.

Thought to be the first trip of its kind run by a distillery, the Bunnahabhain Daytripper will collect malt lovers from Glasgow city centre,

before delivering them via ferry to the magical Island of Islay, for the festival, plus exclusive tasting events with Bunnahabhain's Distillery Manager.

Day trippers will enjoy a spectacular coach journey savouring the stunning west coast scenery before stepping aboard HMS Bunnahabhain. In order to ensure the day trippers are fuelled up for this jam-packed outing, a full Scottish breakfast including Bunnahabhain black pudding will be served on the crossing to Islay.

Bunnahabhain ambassadors will then accompany the day trippers to the distillery where they can experience a selection of 'dramming' sessions, a private tour of the distillery and the opportunity to sample two limited edition malts.

The Bunnahabhain Daytripper experience costs £95 per person, and to book please visit

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