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Live from Edinburgh, Scotland

Drink Scotch like a Pro during a Whisky Tasting & Lesson

1 hour
Group size
Up to 25 people

Learn how to sip Scotland’s national drink during a whisky tasting led by an Edinburgh guide.

Pour yourself a dram of Scotch—that’s what the locals call a glass of the liquor—and join local guide Neil for a live whisky tasting. (P.S.—The Scots drop the e in whisky!). You’ll learn about the aroma, character, and flavors of three premier single malt Scotch whiskies during this whisky class. Neil will chat about which regions make the country’s best Scotch. That way, you’ll know which brand to buy the next time you’re at the store. You’ll also discover how uisge beatha (that’s Gaelic for whisky) goes from barley in a field to golden whisky in your glass. The whisky-making process is just as interesting as the liquor itself. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between single malt and blended whiskies, you’ll come away from this whisky course knowing the answer to that question, too! During this experience, Neil will also share his whisky tasting tips so you know the do’s and don’ts of drinking Scotch. First, you’ll learn about nosing and how to distinguish the different aromas found in a great whisky. Then, it’s on to sipping! Trust us, whisky tasting is an art form. Neil will explain how to taste whisky so you can better understand the taste of the drink when it hits your palate. Learning the notes of each of the three whiskies means you’ll be able to better savor the flavors from the first sip through the last drop. End your whisky tasting class by asking Neil questions to learn a bit more about your favorite single malt whisky from a certified local expert.

Shared real-time experiences

Online Escapes are livestreamed, so you’ll use your computer, phone, or tablet to connect with your host and others around the world.

What you'll need to participate

  • An internet connection
  • A device that can stream audio & video

We also recommend bringing

  • Glenkinchie whisky
  • Lagavulin whisky
  • Balvenie DoubleWood whisky


Overall rating 4.9 out of 5
Based on 29 authentic and unedited participant reviews
Really Informative
12/17/20 by Meghan

Neil took the time to explain how single malt whisky (with no "e") is made and walked us through the flavour maps and profiles of different types. He answered all of our questions and told us informative and funny stories. Ma...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hello Meghan, we are so glad you found this Escape to be so insightful. We would love to travel with you to Scotland, just let us know when you are ready to start planning!

Neil is a wonderful host!
12/12/20 by Rachel

Neil is extremely knowledgeable about the processes involved with making whisky, and his enthusiasm is contagious!

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi Rachel, thank you for joining us and for sharing your thoughts.

09/26/20 by Karin

We had a great time with Neil. Each of us learned something different. He was down to earth and explained things very well. Loved the fact that he said that there is no real right way to drink a single malt, just do it the...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/07/2020

Hi Karin! Many thanks for letting us know your thoughts about this demonstration. We are glad you learned many things, especially how not to drink scotch! Cheers!

Whisky Tasting
08/22/20 by Florence

Excellent! We came away with the foundational knowledge about single malt whisky. Neil was warm and gracious. Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone wanting to learn more about whisky.

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 9/09/2020

Hi Florence, Thank you for recommending this Escape! We agree this course is perfect for those who are passionate about whiskey. Glad you enjoyed. Cheers!

Great experience!
07/26/20 by Aaron

This session was a lot of fun, and I learned a great deal about Scotch, how it's made, different kinds, and how to taste it. Neil is an excellent presenter, he was engaging, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. I enjoyed it a lot...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 8/05/2020

Hello Aaron, thank you for recommending this class to others - we are pleased to read you had fun and enjoyed learning about whiskey with Neil!

Getting ready

How do I participate in this virtual whisky tasting?

All Online Escapes are virtual experiences, so for this whiskey tasting class, you’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone—whichever you prefer.

A link to manage your reservation, along with details about how to join, will be included in your confirmation email.

Who else will be joining in this virtual whisky tasting class?

Our Online Escapes are led by hosts from around the world. When you join this virtual experience on how to taste Scotch whisky, you’ll meet your host, Neil, as well as anyone else who signs up. Each Online Escape has a maximum group size listed. Currently, Online Escapes are led in English and available to anyone in the United States and Canada.

What do I need for this live whisky tasting class?

To get the full experience, we recommend bringing:

  • A glass

  • Glenkinchie whisky

  • Lagavulin whisky


  • Balvenie DoubleWood whisky

What if I need to cancel?

While we hope you don’t have to, you can cancel your reservation online for a full refund up until 24 hours prior to the start of your Online Escape. You can read our full policy here.

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