Having visited Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a wonderful night of magic, delicious food and whisky, I was keen to return to explore the rest of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s newly refurbished venue.
Kaleidoscope opened its doors on 1st August and is aiming to be Edinburgh’s ultimate whisky destination. Welcoming everyone from novices to connoisseurs to explore its ever-changing spectrum of whisky flavours.
Whisky lovers should also check out this guide to whisky distilleries near Edinburgh if you’d like to learn more about Scotland’s national drink.
With more than 200 rare single malt whiskies available at the bar each month you can be sure to find the whisky for you. Not sure which whisky best suits your personality? Not a problem, take The Flavour Behaviour test to find your perfect whisky and swing by Kaleidoscope to see how well it fits.
The £300,000 project saw the whole venue, which first opened in 2004, transformed with a striking new look combining classic features with a contemporary design created by Surface ID, the Glasgow designers behind renowned venues such as Stravaigan, Left Bank and Grosvenor Café.
Each month the Whisky Society releases a new selection of rare single cask single malt whiskies, which provides the bar with an ever-changing menu of whisky choices to explore.
With 12 flavour profiles, you’ll be sure to find one you like – you may even discover a new favourite.
The Whisky Society dispels the myth that whisky bars are stuffy and inaccessible and has a real sense of fun when it comes to naming and describing their enormous whisky collection – with intriguing names like Booze up in a Bakery, Sweet Seduction in a Car-Wash and Through a Pine Forest in Fluffy Slippers.
The Society bottles the finest single malt whisky from around 350 single casks every year, from a range of more than 132 distilleries. The very nature of the single cask means that each bottling offered by the Society is limited.
In addition to the whiskies, the bar also offers classic cocktails with a Society twist and beers from Paolozzi Edinburgh Beer Factory and Alchemy. You won’t go hungry with a range of bar food including sharing platters, a grill section and pairings with whisky.
The Dining Room restaurant, previously on the ground floor, has moved upstairs to the first floor. We sampled the chicken terrine on our visit and had to be peeled away from the comfy chairs and beautiful setting, there’s no doubt we’ll be back for more very soon
In addition to the new bar, the Society has unveiled a number of other changes including a shop selling over 100 bottles of its whisky, and, on the top floor, two new private lounges exclusively for members.
The Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members around the world with branches in 19 countries.
Membership starts at £61.50 per year, which gives you:
For more information, visit www.smws.com/society-membership