Scotch whisky is, of course, the country’s favourite drink, and the favourite of Scotland’s many visitors too. Glasgow Whisky Tours helps groups and individuals find the best Scotch whisky bars in the city, while in Edinburgh one of the top attractions is the Scotch Whisky Experience. The man behind Glasgow Whisky Tours, Victor Brierley, has proposed a new Michelin-style rating system to help both locals and visitors find the best whisky bars throughout Scotland. His idea has been welcomed by the country’s official tourist board, VisitScotland.
Best Whisky Bars in Scotland
Brierley’s scheme is called The Whisky Ambassador, and his company has offered to help with training for bar staff. Staff will be better able to explain the sometimes subtle differences between the bewildering number of whisky labels, and also be able to tailor tipples to the visitor’s likes in liquor. Brierley says that while many of the top bars and restaurants can provide sommeliers to explain the various wines on offer, far fewer have staff trained to explain the country’s national drink. Staff should also be trained to guide visitors to the best local distilleries, and be able to give advice on whisky purchases.
A pilot scheme is already underway and will see two of Glasgow’s bars become the first to be granted Whisky Ambassador status: the bars at the Grand Central and Radisson Blu hotels.
Glasgow Whisky Tours
No doubt the bars at the Grand Central and Radisson Blu will be featuring prominently on the company’s Glasgow Whisky Tours, which offer all-inclusive luxury coach tours around the city, including at least five hand-picked malt whisky tastings. Other tours already take visitors to the best whisky bars in Scotland, and include a Scottish James Bond Whisky Tour and a Sea-Plane Whisky Tour which flies people from the centre of Glasgow and touches them down in front of one of the more remote single-malt distilleries in the country.
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