After attending a show I’m a part of at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival 2022, two fellow Swaggers marched me a mile or two in the pouring rain to find this gem of a place, situated in-between the Usquabae Whisky Bar and the Johnnie Walker Experience on Princess Street.
‘The Smallest Whisky Bar in the World’ popped up a few weeks ago in conjunction with the Fringe. The venue, an old Police box, seats or stands just three – two outside and just one inside – though it can claim 1.978 square metres of floor space (a widely reported stat) given its on-street locale.
The whiskies are accompanied by historical tales of the rains, trains, and witches, as told by (ex-Mackmyra Brand Ambassador) Micky Plummer, and all served in ‘Nice to Eat You’ Cupffee cups. The company who make the cups says:
- A sustainable, tasty alternative to plastic and paper cups
- Does not alter the taste of the beverage
- No recycling needed – just eat it when you are done
The only issue is, they do dominate the aroma of the whisky. Genius idea, however!
As a party of three, we were fortunate enough to try three whiskies, all from independent bottler Cask 88 (WB)- single cask/small-batch, high/cask strength releases that will appeal to the enthusiast.
First up was a 15yo Deanston (WB), a bourbon cask-matured, soft-fresh/crisp breakfast/summer dram,… Lovely (85/86).
This was followed by a 14yo Linkwood (WB), and the story of infamous ‘witch’ Isobel Gowdie and the possible links between witchcraft & distilling. Finished in an ex- Chateau Lafite barrique, I found this single cask #804146 to my liking (86/87). A bottle from this, the Scottish Witchcraft series, is to be released every halloween.
We finish with a single cask 14yo (Tobermory) Ledaig finished in an oloroso hogshead #18206 (WB). A clean example (Caol ila-esque in that respect), a wet smokiness ensued with just the right amount of fruitiness from the cask (87).
Book your spot today (via Eventbrite). Highly recommended.
With thanks to Micky, and to Jasper for leading the way.