It is the ‘Year of Food and Drink‘ in Scotland! How much do you really know about whiskey? For instance, did you know that similar to Champagne, whiskey can not be referred to as “scotch” unless it is produced in Scotland – where many of the best whiskey in the world is produced? And, did you know that the term ‘whisky’ derives originally from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’, or ‘usquebaugh’, meaning ‘water of life’? And that Gaelic is that branch of Celtic spoken in the Highlands of Scotland?
The tour is for everyone. It is available in 20 languages – including English, Gaelic, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin, Polish, Swedish, Hindi and Czech. And, in May 2009, the Scotch Whisky Experience became the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky. A sight to behold!
In the 1970s ,Claive Vidiz, a whisky enthusiast in Sao Paulo, Brazil and founding member of the Brazilian Association of Whisky Collectors, started to seek out and purchase Scotch whisky of varying types, costs, and rarity. He amassed almost 3,500 bottles over 35 years.
In October 2006, The Collection was purchased by Scotch Whisky Distiller, Diageo. When Diageo brought the Claive Vidiz Collection home to Scotland, it was with a commitment to preserve the legacy, the passion with which it was collected and to share it with an international audience. It was decided that this would be best achieved by locating it here at the Scotch Whisky Experience in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.
The establishment continues to collect recent new bottles of Scotch Whisky representing a range of distillers companies with the view to adding a new wing to the collection in years to come. The value of The Collection is unknown as it is without precedent; rare Scotch Whisky is usually sold in lots at auction.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE
+44 131 220 0441
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