This Edinburgh Hotel has its Own Whisky Label
At first we wondered if we would soon be witness to a hotel whisky death match in Edinburgh, then we realized: it's Scotland, there's room for more than one whisky hotel.
Not about to be outdone by The Balmoral's dedicated whisky bar (and kilt-wearing whisky ambassadors), Nira Caledonia has started its very own whisky label.
The whisky, which is named Nira Caledonia, comes from Tullibardine, a single-malt distillery in the Perthshire region that has been in operation since 1949. It is an Aged Oak Single Malt with cereal and vanilla tones with a slight fruitiness, and the hotel's bar, Blackwood's, is the only place in Edinburgh where you can try it.
If that's not enough to sate your taste for good whisky, the Nira Caledonia also offers a whisky package that includes touring the distillery.
The 28-room boutique hotel, which opened at the beginning of the year, is located in the picturesque Stockbridge district and occupies a 19th-century Georgian townhouse that was once the home of renowned 19th century essayist, "bon viveur and hedonist" (the hotel's words; he was also a professor of Moral Philosophy), Christopher North (aka John Wilson). The hotel's bar is named after the magazine he wrote for.
Late October weeknight rates start at GBP 196 ($313) a night.
Photo: Nira Caledonia