The Balmoral Opens an Intimate Whisky Bar with Edinburgh’s Largest Selection

  • Sarah Doyle

Scotch is the much-anticipated new whisky bar in the five-star Balmoral hotel that presents more than 400 varieties—single malts, blends, young malts, mature malts—making it the largest selection of Scotch whiskies available to the public in Edinburgh.

Scotch’s bar fodder consists of savory wild-boar salami, smoked almonds, and dark chocolate, which seamlessly match the various whiskies on offer. Of course, those seeking greater sustenance can choose from the menu of contemporary Scottish cuisine designed by the Michelin-starred executive chef Jeff Bland, which includes whisky-honey-cured salmon, seared West Coast scallops, and upmarket haggis with neeps and tatties. Fortunately, a team of expert whisky ambassadors is on hand to help you determine which dram will pair most eloquently with all of the above.

True whisky enthusiasts may be chuffed to discover the selection of Uisge Source waters on the menu. Sourced from Islay, the Highlands, and Speyside, the waters are designed to open up the distinctive flavors and aromas of the whiskies produced in the corresponding region. At the very least, they’re a good conversation piece. (+131.556.2414, www.thebalmoralhotel.com)

Read Next Article >>
Photo by Paul Dimalanta
At the Judgment of Paris in 1976, a bottle of Chardonnay from the Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena...
As prices for rare Cubans rise, it is getting harder to put a match to the most collectible cigars...
Packshot Factory
Back by popular demand, Supernova is one of the most robust single malts ever produced...
After 22 years of aging, the second installment of the 1992 vintage has reached full maturity…
Now in its 15th year, the wine- and food-filled festival has raised more than $123 million for...
Photo by Cordero Studios
The Arturo Fuente 100th Anniversary Destino Siglo ($416–$520; www.cigar​family.com) is aptly...
Earthy mushrooms, both pungent and delicate, will enhance every sip of these Cabernet Sauvignons,...
HIGHLAND PARK DISTILLERY Highland Park is made today with the same enduring belief and integrity,...
Photo by Cordero Studios
For the longest time, most serious wine drinkers adhered to the notion that California wines did...
The vibrant and deep notes of these wonderful white wines and brilliant rosé Champagne marry...