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After enjoying a train ride up from London in October 2018, and settling into our garden cottage, we headed out to enjoy a day of Fall in the UK with scotch in Edinburgh. From the crisp air, to the regal castles, it was a beauty, highlighted with a Scotch whisky master class.

Breakfast

Every day should start with the avocado toast from Kilimanjaro Coffee. We also had coffees with our breakfast while sitting in the window, watching people pass by. Since our day consisted mostly of drinking, it was important to get some protein in before the fun began!

The Scotch Whisky Experience Master Class

After breakfast we walked to The Scotch Whiskey Experience for a Master Class.

Known best for the largest unopened collection of scotch whiskey in the world. Purchased by a single collector, Claive Vidiz, the collection features 3,384 bottles that date as far back as 1897. Many of the bottles look less than full because of the “angel’s share” – or the portion that evaporates over time.

Our Master Class was with two other couples and an instructor. We did a blind smell test (Brian won!). After that we learned how to properly taste (just like wine) and tasted four scotch whiskeys. Since it was 10am, we didn’t get too crazy, I even left some in the glasses!

Dean Village

After the tasting we walked about a half hour to Dean Village. Brian had heard it was great for picture taking and he was not wrong. This was one of my best, I think it looks like a painting. The stream was peaceful and it was so quiet. I don’t think we came across a single other person.

Edinburgh Castle

After lunch at a vegan restaurant, we headed to Edinburgh Castle. I have always been fascinated by castles. When we honeymooned in Ireland, we got to eat in one.

I liked the Scottish National War Museum, which was located inside one of the buildings. The views from the top of the hill were amazing and the prisons were super interesting to walk through.

The city below the cannons.

After dinner we headed out for drinks at Under the Stairs with some friends. We had a lovely evening chatting and swapping stories. I had this pretty cocktail. The Cactus Jack is made with Tequila Ocho reposado, prickly pear liqueur, basil liqueur, amaro vermouth, watermelon syrup, citrus. So good! In all, an amazing day to spend enjoying Fall in the UK with scotch in Edinburgh.

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