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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)

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