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“To visit”
Review of Cadenhead's

Ranked #7 of 178 Shopping in Edinburgh
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“To visit”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

After searching for 'the' whisky store in Edinburgh we found this and were also recommend by local friends.
Amasing choice and very knowledgeable staff yet not extremely friendly.
A place to be if you are a connaisseur or if you are not but fancy a great introduction.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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84 reviews
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“What a Find!”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

An amazing whisky shop that screams old world charm and vlaues!

They offer rare whiskys and the best part is you can get them in different size bottles. This means you can get a great variety without blowing your entire budget.

You will definitely get an unique whisky or gin here.

Visited April 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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“Whisky for all”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

This amazing shop has the most knowledgeable staff. It is the complete antithesis of the whisky shops in the more touristy honey trap parts of Edinburgh. These guys here really know their grain from winter barley. Samples are free flowing. DON'T expect to drive after a visit here. Their Islay blended malt (don't be a snob) from the in house barrel is simply wonderful.

Visited November 2013
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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“Smells like no other shop on earth...”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

Having fought myself free of the seductive embrace of a glitzy 'whisky experience' up near Edinburgh Castle, I fell happily into the arms of the altogether more down-to-earth Cadenhead's staff towards the grittier, less tourist-ridden end of the Royal Mile. The shop on Canongate is small, unpretentious, old-fashioned and everything a traditional purveyor of fine spirits should be. It also smells quite unbelievable - years of drips from rare bottles, old wood and something undefinably numinous that be the whiff of authenticity...

The firm of Wm Cadenhead have been whisky and spirits merchants, blenders and bottlers since 1842. The business is now in the hands of the independent owners of the famed Springbank distillery in Campbeltown, and the Edinburgh shop has been in Canongate for a good few years. I'd been meaning to visit ever since reading about the shop in the late and much-missed Iain Banks's book Raw Spirit (a picaresque account of his quest for the perfect dram, and highly recommended). So I was unlikely to be disappointed... but the atmosphere of the shop and the enthusiastic but unpushy attitude of the staff just knocked me out.

With neither the time nor the money to venture into more rarified heights of the stock (and they really do have it all - closed distilleries, cask strengths, own blends, aged single malts, oddities like single grains, incredible rarities, even foreign whiskies...) I asked for something floral, not too heavy and under £30. Not a major spend - but what customer service! Out came the tasting glasses, bottles were uncorked, and after a few delicious minutes of contemplation and conversation, I came away with a bottle from their Duthies range - blended Highland malts, no age specified, non-chill-filtered, no added caramel, no bull, just a simple tribute to the blender's art.

If you care about whisky, go to Cadenhead's. It's democratic, classless, friendly, fantastically well stocked, good value, and the staff seem pleased to welcome connoisseurs and the simply curious with equal patience and courtesy. And that's worth a hundred over-polished, overpriced showrooms packed with tourist tat and trophy bottles... Oh, and if whisky's not your thing, they do some interesting rums, gins and brandies, too!

Visited February 2014
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“Totally Awesome!”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

been a while since I've been to Cadenhead's but still remember the place fondly. Where else can you go to get pick your own packs of nip samplers from dozens of distilleries in Scotland. In particular the selection of single cask, cask strength whisky is beyond compare. And there is almost always a feature cask and if you bring your own bottle they'll fill it for you or you can buy empties there.

It's basically a whisky smorgasbord...

Visited February 2013
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