Old Pulteney 12 year was the victor and this experience left me feeling that the personal touch is never really far away when it comes to customer service in Whiski. My own experience with the bar staff was in itself very personable. Whiski is the kind of bar you enter and instantly feel welcome. The offer of a drinks list is always a nice introduction to any bar and coupled with a warm and friendly welcome can’t help but leave you feeling appreciated.
Inside the layout is very much that of a bar come café and the varied choice of background music does make for a relaxed and memorable experience. Being mid-afternoon on a Saturday the bar was filled with a mixed array of customers. Families, couples and lads out for a catch up, all adding to the open and welcome feel the bar offers. As far as decoration goes, this is about as varied as those eating and drinking inside. A combination of stag heads and whisky paraphernalia line the walls, mugs and tea cups are displayed in a similar way to your grannies dining room and old fashioned musical instruments intertwined with flashing Christmas tree lights all help to create something akin to the whisky induced abstract dream you had last weekend. The lighting is equally varied and comes from a collection of 30’s style hanging lanterns, traditional table lamps and mounted wall lights. The atmosphere is vibrant, lively and constantly changing and really sums up the younger changing feel that exists in today’s whisky fraternity.
In summing up you have to think about how this compares to other Edinburgh whisky establishments and it would be fair to say that the Whiski really does capture everything you would want a cosmopolitan whisky bar to be. Walking into the bar you instantly feel an air of relaxation and mystique in equal measures. You can’t help but look at the extensive whisky collection on the back bar along with everything else displayed throughout the bar. It is very much a place that combines both old and new and does so very well.
Definitely worth a visit when visiting Scotland’s capital.