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Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings

65 Canongate, Royal Mile | Tastings Mostly at the Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT, Scotland
+44 7757 434694
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A great time for whiskey beginners or connoisseurs

The regulars of this group, along with Mark, do a great job of making everyone feel welcome at... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2018
Brad P
Brilliant whisky tasting event!

This was my first time at a whisky tasting and I had a wonderful evening thanks to Mark and the... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
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Whisky tastings mainly in a Royal Mile pub but often out and about too - on a canal barge, vintage train, walking tours, etc. A chance for enthusiasts and novices to try some rare, expensive and/or old drams but always interesting. Good for locals and visitors, old and young and for ladies as well as gentlemen. Nothing is being sold - its just an excuse to learn about whisky while trying some world class spirit in good company. Entertaining and informative, relaxed but organised.
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65 Canongate, Royal Mile | Tastings Mostly at the Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

The regulars of this group, along with Mark, do a great job of making everyone feel welcome at these events. Many of the regulars here really know the details of whiskey tasting and are delighted to share their knowledge with beginners. Very friendly, and the...More

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jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Brad, thank you for the very supportive review. With whisky the company you hold can make a big difference to your experience. There is always a good atmosphere at the tastings - the relaxing nature of a drink means strangers and friends can easily...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

This was my first time at a whisky tasting and I had a wonderful evening thanks to Mark and the excellent selection of whisky we had the opportunity to try. Would absolutely recommend!

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jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks Hannahldhayes, I'm delighted to hear this was your first tasting. We all do them differently so hopefully your next tasting will show you another angle to look at a dram. Cheers Mark

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

I would thoroughly recommend these whisky tasting sessions with Mark at The Kilderkin. He evidently has an exceptional knowledge of whisky, and his enthusiasm for the odd dram or two makes for a superb evening.

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jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Than you HJAD_Ed, I'm glad you think my brand of 'enthusiasm' adds to the evening. Cheers Mark

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Mark does a great job of getting everyone enthusiastic about whisky, from beginners to experienced hands. This is a fun and comfortable environment with a friendly group of people. Highly recommended!More

Thank Alex P
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jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks Alex P, I do appreciate that the tastings are attended by a fairly broad spectrum of people. I think it is important that the enthusiasts are catered for as qeually as the novices. 'Fun and comfortable' is exactly how I'f like to describe these...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2017

Attended a Closed distillery and lost whisky tasting run by Mr Mark Davidson. I have been to a quite few tastings and Mark's are always the best by a mile. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things whisky, from the people working at the...More

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jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks Robert, it's always great to see the regulars return, even if their attendance isn't so frequent - it's been a few years.... This tasting you came to was pretty special - I've never poured so many genuinely super rare drams at one sitting -...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2017

Booked Mark for an hours whisky tasting for a stag party of 17. He was very knowledgeable and made the event really enjoyable for everyone [even for those who did not like whisky]. I would highly recommend booking Mark and what he offers is far...More

Thank Tim W
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Management response:Responded 11 May 2017

Thanks for the 'positive referral' Tim W. I must admit a degree of trepidation when I get calls to do Stag party tastings but really I've yet to have a bad one. Thanks too for complimenting the venue, I've used the Kilderkin for years and...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We loved our time with the Jolly Topper (Mark)! Mark is very knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed. He created an easy environment at the Kikderkin that was almost family-style. We learned so much, from how whisky is made and barreled, to how to develop a palate...More

Thank Elizabeth L
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Management response:Responded 11 May 2017

Thanks Elizabeth L. I'm glad you picked up on The Kilderkin's vibe - there's a very relaxed and easy going feel for the place which suits my approach to the tastings very well. Mixing the regulars and visitors really helps with the social aspect of...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

So pleased we booked this tasting with the Jolly Toper. It was a chance to try some seriously good whiskies in a variety of styles, and have one's preconceptions challenged. I think it tells you a lot about Mark's tastings that we tourists were there...More

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Management response:Responded 11 May 2017

Thanks alanrwillis, I'm pleased you had some 'preconceptions challenged' - for me tasting the drams with little knowledge of exactly what they might be liberates your opinion from prejudging the whisky on form or expectations. Keeping the regulars engaged after all these years means the...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had a great evening at the Kilderkin doing a whisky tasting with Mark. Mark did a fantastic job of putting together a brilliant selection of Whiskeys and was an excellent host.

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Management response:Responded 11 May 2017

Thanks for the great review Howard W, hopefully it will encourage others to join in - meeting people and talking whisk(e)y is why I'm doing this, well that and the welcome 'remuneration'....

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Reviewed 10 July 2016

We are so glad we tracked down Mark and his tastings...different location than what our old Rick Steves guide shows. When he told us it would last 2 1/2 hours and we would taste five whiskys, we were skeptical (that seemed like a long time...More

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JollyToper, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2016

Thanks Laura O, 2 & 1/2 hours does seem a lot but once everyone has had a proper taste, everyone has individually been asked for any thoughts, we collectively discuss the dram, we guess the 'vital statistics' ( age, strength, price, etc) then any relevant...More

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My word- 5 months to reply is a bit sloppy to say the least! Very sorry to have left you in the lurch. If anyone sees this and is likewise wondering how to find out more details of the tastings try the Facebook page: - Jolly... More
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Thanks for your question Jane, this Tripadvisor mallarkey is great isn't it? As you know you are my wife and as you also know I'm not sure if the studios are in the main building or not. Looking forward to our holiday... More
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