The Whisky Shop was founded in 1992 when we opened our first shop in Edinburgh’s Waverley Mall. Today, The Whisky Shop is the largest specialist retailer of whisky in the UK with 20 shops across the UK, a boutique in Paris and an active online shop.
Our motto is 'Unlocking the mystery of whisky'. We un-complicate the apparently complicated. The word whisky derives from the Gaelic 'uisge beatha', meaning water of life, and as such we see it as an important part of our ethos to contribute to quality of life. We understand the significance of the local community and aim to provide responsible service to our communities with regard to the sale of alcohol, our environmental impact, treatment of our staff and customers, and the health of our high streets.
At The Whisky Shop, we offer customers a unique shopping experience where they can browse (and in some cases sample) a range of over 400 different whiskies, including many independent bottlings, releases exclusive to The Whisky Shop, single cask expressions, a wide range of international whisky, great gift items and allocations of the rarest and most desirable limited releases.
Our official magazine, Whiskeria – in which we feature new and interesting whiskies, provide comment and guidance to readers and prospective purchasers – is one of the leading publications in its field with a readership in excess of 120,000. Feature items have encompassed fields as varied as music, sport, art, literature and cuisine, with cover stars including Sir Peter Blake, David Beckham, Ian Rankin, Doddie Weir, David Gyasi, Shauna Macdonald, Grant Hutchison, Edith Bowman, Nick Nairn, JJ Chalmers and Eunice Olumide, to name but a few.
With its origins in The Glenkeir Club established in 2006, our customer club has grown from a handful of members to today’s incarnation as The W Club, with thousands of members across the country and more abroad. Members of The W Club receive a range of benefits including discounts in store and online, exclusive whisky tastings, a free subscription to Whiskeria, special members-only whiskies, priority notice on rare and limited releases, and much more.
While there are many drinks retailers out there, The Whisky Shop seeks to be unique, different and interesting. This is the place to come to find something you really cannot get anywhere else. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift or a treat for yourself, you’ll find it at The Whisky Shop.