WHISKI ROOMS OPENING 18th JUNE 2011

Whiski Rooms

Whiski Rooms

It’s been a long time coming but our latest venture will open it’s door for business on Saturday 18th June 2011. Well, whats WHISKI Rooms all about? A bit of hybrid and here’s a brief rundown: –

– a whisky shop with a dedicated tasting room hosting daily whisky tastings

– a bar with ~ 300 whiskies, full range of draughts including Edinburgh’s own Innis & Gunn  on draught, extensive list of  cocktails, full range of premium wines and champagne, premium spirits including many Scottish options, a full range of quality soft drinks.  Come and see our Ardbeg Rooms where you will enter Islay time !

– an all day bistro menu  serving fresh local Scottish produce including freshly made cakes & scones, all made on the premises

So we are almost there and hope to see you once we open.

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Support Your Local Independent Operator (Bar/Restaurant)

Watching Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares a few days ago and I was so pleased to hear him encourage everyone to support their local independent restaurant and this applies to all bars and restaurants. All he said made sense and he was commenting that big chains turn out the same food all over the country and mostly they are ready-meals and if we don’t support our local operators, our choice will diminish and all we will be left with is massive “same as” chains turning out the “same as” food.

He put a local restaurant against the chain restaurants and asked people on the street which food they preferred – I am sure you can guess they liked the different locally sourced food he had the local establishment prepare. I firmly believe in this policy and think we must support local operators of bars and restaurants and indeed our local corner shops vs the big supermarkets or all choice could disappear from our towns and cities !

Yes, there are massive chains selling 99p pints like Weatherspoon bars and Mitchell & Bulters and Punch operated bars that are similar all over the country but if you visit the WHISKI Bar, we guarantee a unique experience in a great buzzing environment with one of Scotland’s best ranges of whisky and the freshest locally sourced food we can get – we do not use frozen ready made food and our food  is made fresh on the premises by our skilled chefs – we know this is not the normal in most bar/restaurants but our customers are worth it and we strive to give the best … give us a visit we always look forward to meeting new people in the bar.

Top whiskies from Connoisseurs Whisky Tasting 20 Jan 2009

Last night we had a great night trying some rare and vintage malts at the WHISKI Bar. The whisky tasting included six delicious drams and here I have compiled the results from the scores given by the attendees.  The line up was as follows, all introduced and the evening hosted by the brilliant Mitch Bechard – Scotch Whisky Ambassador for Diageo.

Glenkinchie 20 Year Old Cask Strength
Rosebank 25 Year Old
Talisker 18 Year Old
Coal Ila 18 year Old
Lagavulin 21 Year Old
Johnnie Walker Blue Label

The top rated whisky was the Johnnie Walker Blue label and the special way it is to be sampled blew people away so all in all the Johnnie Walker Experience was the outright winner in 1st place and some of the comments included:

“the surprise of the night – an outstanding whisky”
“Wow – not what I expected at all”
“unbelieveably smooth”

Second place went to Caol Ila 18 Year Old and
third place went to the Rosebank 25 Year Old

The evening was rounded of with a light supper of either of the following three dishes, all cooked with whisky :

Chicken with whisky madeira sauce on creamy mash with seasonal vegetables
Salmon with an orange and whisky jus on creamy mash with seasonal vegetables
MacSweens Haggis (traditional or Vegetarian), neeps & tatties with our whiski sauce

Overall, a very good evening so if you fancy the full Johnnie Walker Experience, join us on the 29th Jan 2009 at the whisky bar for our next whisky tasting event.

Guests at Connoisseurs Whisky Tasting

Guests at Connoisseurs Whisky Tasting

Guests at Connoisseurs Whisky Tasting

Guests at Connoisseurs Whisky TastingConnoisseurs Whisky Tasting

WHISKI Bar group on FACEBOOK

I must admit I am completely new to FACEBOOK, and wasn’t really sure what to do however I have eventually managed to set up a FACEBOOK Group on FACEBOOK called WHISKI Bar. Initially I was trying to just set up a group but it was not liking that and it eventually clicked that I had to join first as myself and only then could I set up a group. What I need now is more members, so far we have a few and I just intend it to grow organically – I don’t fancy doing what some other bars do and sending an invite to everyone on certain networks eg. the Edinburgh network.

So far, I am quite impressed with it and think it could be as useful as the newsletters we send and perhaps more instantaneous. Watch this space and I will update how we get on with it over the coming months … and if you fancy being updated with all the latest, get joining the WHISKI Bar group on Facebook !

Whiski Wednesday’s – Coming Back !

We ran WHISKI Wednesday’s during the Scottish Food Fortnight and they were such a success that we have decided to keep them going, starting in November 2008, so come along and try a delicious whisky for FREE with each main meal purchased.

All promotions begin from 5PM every Wednesday evening during November (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th November 2008) at the WHISKI bar. Check our food menu out here and hope to see you there.

All of our food at WHISKI is prepared fresh on the premises each day and we use all the best local produce eg. all of our beef is from farms in the borders of Scotland and many of our suppliers are award winning like the most famous haggis Maker – MacSweens.

Check the Events Diary on the website for more details