Underground Whisky Tasting – Whisky 101

Created with Sketch. The Lost Close, Barrie's Close, Edinburgh, UK
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1hr 30mins

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Culture Vultures, First Timers, Food & Drink, Night Hawks

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Enjoy an evening of whisky and stories! Whisky 101 is the ideal introduction to the world of whisky. Try some samples whilst exploring a newly discovered underground area in the heart of the Old Town: The Lost Close.

A professional guide will tell you about how the process starts, how the industry grew, and about the colourful characters and intriguing stories that helped make the Scottish whisky industry the finest in the world.

Join this tour for a unique Underground Whisky Tasting in the Old Town vault of The Lost Close. The Whisky 101 is the perfect introduction, where you can sample whiskies from the major whisky producing regions in Scotland. The talented guides take you on a memorable whisky adventure in this very special venue.

The Underground Whisky Tasting includes 4 whiskies from 4 different distilleries.

For the more experienced whisky connoisseur, there are two whisky tasting options:

Intermediate Level – 4 drams of rarer, older, and more unusual whiskies, that you will not come across anywhere else or older versions of whiskies you may have seen in reputable whisky shops.

High End Whiskies – 5 drams of top shelf whisky, the kind you would pine over in the shop, but possibly would not consider buying for yourself. Now is your opportunity to try it!


The Lost Close: Explore one of the city’s underground vaults

Underneath Edinburgh’s Old Town, there are streets from the past that over the years have been rediscovered and some turned into special venues. The Lost Close was discovered during excavation work in 2019. It was originally the vault for the first purpose-built bank in Scotland. After, it turned into a prison for approximately 200 years. Today, during your Underground Whisky Tasting – Whisky 101, you can see the stone walled space beneath the old courthouse. It is certainly the perfect backdrop for storytelling accompanied with a wee dram!


  • Taste samples of whisky in one of the city's unique underground vaults
  • Enjoy 4 single malt whiskies or alternative options, while you immerse yourself in Scottish storytelling
  • Learn more about why Scotland makes some of the finest whiskies in the world
  • Visit the newly discovered vault of The Lost Close in the Old Town
  • Sample more rare and unusual whiskies with the Intermediate level tasting
  • Experience the underground vault with its stoned walls, a perfect backdrop for whisky tasting & storytelling


  • 1h 30min Underground Whisky Tasting - Whisky 101
  • Professional guide
  • 4 Whiskies from 4 distilleries (standard tasting or options for the more experienced whisky connoisseur)

Meeting Point

Created with Sketch. The Lost Close, Barrie's Close, Edinburgh, UK
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