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Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Ranked #477 of 2,626 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: New Town
Description: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a Whisky Club, offering the world's largest selection of single cask whisky to its guests. We operate multiple venues in the UK and abroad and have a large Members base which receives discounts and special access to venues and part of venues. The bars offer an ever changing selection of over 200 single casks whiskies as well as wines, beers and other spirits. Bar food is available throughout the day, freshly prepared on the premises using carefully selected ingredients.
Reviewed 23 April 2013

Along with a group of friends, we visited the premises at Leith for a sample of thie rfamous whiskies. We all attended having already bought a large number of Scottish Malt Whiskies so knew what to expect in terms of quality and flavour.

The place itself is very nice, has a nice rustic feel about it and does feel quite classy.

We enjoyed the food and were generally all happy with the visit.

However, it would be wrong of me to not mention the few things that slightly bothered us.

We expected a much higher degree of customer service for a venue that requires membership. On entering the premises, the lady at reception looked at us and carried on with whatever she was doing. Having never been there before we had to ask, where we sign in, where we are allowed to sit etc (but didn't get more than a couple fairly disinterested words from her). We walked through to the bar area and were offered a room to ourselves which was nice. However there was a member of staff (think it was the manager) eating his soup at the table and we kind of just joined him until he finished it (and finished reading his paper). It was no problem just a bit odd.

The place just massively lacked that bit of customer service, and friendly attentiveness. No one ever asked us what kind of whiskey we like or if we would like help choosing from the long list.

This just prevents it from being the kind of exclusive and top drawer place it could so easily be.

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Thank Jason M
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

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You have to try the Tatties Neeps and Haggis. And well just go wild the whisky is sublime

Thank glenn r
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

We discovered recently that the Whisky Society restaurant is open to non-members- and what a discovery! The restaurant has a lovely, intimate feel to it, with its cosy fired and carefully restored Georgian features. The service is excellent: friendly, efficient, discreet, and the staff is ver knowledgeable. You can also of course taste some of the amazing whiskies carefully selected by a committee of experts. No standard bottles here: you won't find any of these whisky in the shops, even the best ones. They are unique and for the society only, and come from the finest distilleries, and they are organised by flavours, and labelled evocatively with names like "dream catcher dram" or "French pâtisserie in a bluebell field".
The food was equally amazing: made with a selection of local, seasonal products (partridge, barley, mackerel...), and presented most elegantly, it was cooked to perfection and the flavours were beautifully balanced.
As we were there with a member of the society, we were also able to go upstairs to the members' lounge-bar, and again, we were delighted: the same subtle, elegant atmosphere, very welcoming and relaxing; equally friendly and knowledgeable staff; and the amazing wall of unique whiskies to choose from.
A wonderful experience all together!

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Thank Fanny C
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Reviewed 15 August 2012 via mobile

It's the only place to go of you want to find whiskies no one else has. Watch out for the surly female bar maid though!

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Thank Kraggash
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I joined the society this year and visited the Queens St venue at the weekend for first time as a birthday treat. Food was excellent in the main dining room, I had oysters / venison / cheese. We also had at the start a complimentary small pea and ham soup with a tot of whiskey. All very nice. We then had a drink in the bar upstairs which was really nice. Great place.

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Thank PAC2207
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