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Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings

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5-star whisky tasting in Edinboro

You can't beat a whisky tasting that's held in the capital of Scotland and hosted by expert Mark... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
John P
Whisky Tastings

Just managed to get to another Jolly Toper Whisky Tasting evening again last night. Its been far... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2018
Ross H
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27 Sep 2018
“5-star whisky tasting in Edinboro”
21 Sep 2018
“Whisky Tastings”
Whisky tastings mainly in a Royal Mile pub but often out and about too - on a canal barge, vintage train, walking tours, etc. A chance for enthusiasts and novices to try some rare, expensive and/or old drams but always interesting. Good for locals...more
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65 Canongate, Royal Mile | Tastings Mostly at the Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT, Scotland
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

You can't beat a whisky tasting that's held in the capital of Scotland and hosted by expert Mark Davidson (as seen on Rick Steves). It's suitable for all levels of knowledge and experience. Just go. You'll learn a lot and laugh a lot. Great time!

Thank John P
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Just managed to get to another Jolly Toper Whisky Tasting evening again last night. Its been far too long since I last got to one. Fantastic evening. Great drams, great value for money. 5 drams from different independant bottlers last night. Many like minded people...More

Thank Ross H
Reviewed 3 June 2018

The regulars of this group, along with Mark, do a great job of making everyone feel welcome at these events. Many of the regulars here really know the details of whiskey tasting and are delighted to share their knowledge with beginners. Very friendly, and the...More

Thank Brad P
jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Brad, thank you for the very supportive review. With whisky the company you hold can make a big difference to your experience. There is always a good atmosphere at the tastings - the relaxing nature of a drink means strangers and friends can easily...More

Reviewed 7 May 2018

This was my first time at a whisky tasting and I had a wonderful evening thanks to Mark and the excellent selection of whisky we had the opportunity to try. Would absolutely recommend!

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jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks Hannahldhayes, I'm delighted to hear this was your first tasting. We all do them differently so hopefully your next tasting will show you another angle to look at a dram. Cheers Mark

Reviewed 7 May 2018

I would thoroughly recommend these whisky tasting sessions with Mark at The Kilderkin. He evidently has an exceptional knowledge of whisky, and his enthusiasm for the odd dram or two makes for a superb evening.

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jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Than you HJAD_Ed, I'm glad you think my brand of 'enthusiasm' adds to the evening. Cheers Mark

Reviewed 7 May 2018

Mark does a great job of getting everyone enthusiastic about whisky, from beginners to experienced hands. This is a fun and comfortable environment with a friendly group of people. Highly recommended!More

Thank Alex P
jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks Alex P, I do appreciate that the tastings are attended by a fairly broad spectrum of people. I think it is important that the enthusiasts are catered for as qeually as the novices. 'Fun and comfortable' is exactly how I'f like to describe these...More

Reviewed 9 June 2017

Attended a Closed distillery and lost whisky tasting run by Mr Mark Davidson. I have been to a quite few tastings and Mark's are always the best by a mile. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things whisky, from the people working at the...More

Thank Robert N
jmrldc, Owner at Jolly Toper Whisky Tastings, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thanks Robert, it's always great to see the regulars return, even if their attendance isn't so frequent - it's been a few years.... This tasting you came to was pretty special - I've never poured so many genuinely super rare drams at one sitting -...More

Reviewed 5 May 2017

Booked Mark for an hours whisky tasting for a stag party of 17. He was very knowledgeable and made the event really enjoyable for everyone [even for those who did not like whisky]. I would highly recommend booking Mark and what he offers is far...More

Thank Tim W
Management response:Responded 11 May 2017

Thanks for the 'positive referral' Tim W. I must admit a degree of trepidation when I get calls to do Stag party tastings but really I've yet to have a bad one. Thanks too for complimenting the venue, I've used the Kilderkin for years and...More

Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We loved our time with the Jolly Topper (Mark)! Mark is very knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed. He created an easy environment at the Kikderkin that was almost family-style. We learned so much, from how whisky is made and barreled, to how to develop a palate...More

Thank Elizabeth L
Management response:Responded 11 May 2017

Thanks Elizabeth L. I'm glad you picked up on The Kilderkin's vibe - there's a very relaxed and easy going feel for the place which suits my approach to the tastings very well. Mixing the regulars and visitors really helps with the social aspect of...More

Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

So pleased we booked this tasting with the Jolly Toper. It was a chance to try some seriously good whiskies in a variety of styles, and have one's preconceptions challenged. I think it tells you a lot about Mark's tastings that we tourists were there...More

Thank alanrwillis
Management response:Responded 11 May 2017

Thanks alanrwillis, I'm pleased you had some 'preconceptions challenged' - for me tasting the drams with little knowledge of exactly what they might be liberates your opinion from prejudging the whisky on form or expectations. Keeping the regulars engaged after all these years means the...More

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place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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10 February 2016|
Response from JollyToper | Property representative |
My word- 5 months to reply is a bit sloppy to say the least! Very sorry to have left you in the lurch. If anyone sees this and is likewise wondering how to find out more details of the tastings try the Facebook page: - Jolly... More
24 December 2014|
Response from JollyToper | Property representative |
Thanks for your question Jane, this Tripadvisor mallarkey is great isn't it? As you know you are my wife and as you also know I'm not sure if the studios are in the main building or not. Looking forward to our holiday... More