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Top 5: Whisky Bars in London

11 May 2017 Kaysha Woollery

We have a new saying around our London Calling offices: “I am what I dram.” To follow up on this profound drop of pure poetic truth, we’ve set out to find the top five whisky bars and shops in London.

Milroy’s


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Founded in 1964, Milroy’s started off as a humble wine shop in Greek Street. Soon after Scottish single malts stormed the UK market, its founder Jack Milroy began stocking what became known as the largest whisky selection in London, with the prime minister being a regular customer. While touring Japan to run whisky tastings, Jack and his brother Wallace established Milroy’s as a whisky institution. Today, with an established cellar and whisky bar, their passionate and knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect dram or gift with a tasting session. Their whiskies travel across the globe in over 200 varieties (including Milroy’s own bottled range), from Scotland, to Japan, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, and the USA.
 
Milroy's can be found at 3 Greek St, Soho W1D 4NX
 
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society


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“We were sitting in a Rattan armchair eating honey apple cake and drinking hot Ribena when a lady stepped in wearing Fuzzy Peach perfume oil.”
 
Something you’d expect to hear as a review from the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, a club connecting like-minded whisky lovers. Founded by a group of friends in 1983, the members have since been buying and sharing their discoveries, establishing their selection of single cask whiskies as the widest in the world. To ensure that this selection remains in safe hands, noses and palates, each whisky must win the approval of the Tasting Panel, before earning the classic society green bottle. Plus, with no chill filtration or interference whatsoever, all the whiskies are bottled at cask strength, allowing you to enjoy every dram as if straight from the barrel.
 
The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society can be found at 19 Greville St, Farringdon EC1N 8SQ
 
Salt Whisky Bar & Dining Room
 
One of London’s more revered whisky bars, Salt boasts over 180 premium gems from around the globe. You have a chance to push the boat out, with their selection of Indian, Japanese, and Taiwanese whiskies all available to pair with a fruity shisha menu on their elegant patio. If you’re looking to explore the world with your taste buds, their specialised whisky tastings take you through Kentucky and Tennessee via their Bourbons, or on an international adventure with their eclectic world mix.
 
Salt Whisky Bar & Dining Room can be found at 82 Seymour St, Marble Arch W2 2JB
 
Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop & Tasting Room


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If you’re looking for a whisky icon, go no further than Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, at 175 years young. Their first shop opened in Covent Garden in 1995 and became an instant hit with tour guides and dropping jaws with their famous Springbank 1919 bottle, costing £4,500, which was unheard of for whisky at the time. Now in Chiltern Street since 2008, their selection goes way beyond their main Scottish room, presenting a world of whisky that includes their international range, single cask range, commercial bottling’s, and Cadenhead’s rum range for those who fancy enjoying something a little different in one of their two tasting rooms.
 
Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop & Tasting Room can be found at 26 Chiltern St, Marylebone W1U 7QF
 
Mac & Wild
 
The Mac & Wild experiences provide the ultimate whisky education. Budding students can learn everything there is to know about the culture surrounding whisky, from their whisky distillery tours, to their whisky and chocolate tastings, beer pairings, foraging days, haggis masterclasses and their gun room sessions. With one location in Fitzrovia and another in Devonshire Square, you have double the opportunity to mix and match their impressive collection with their pre-selected whisky flights.
 
Mac & Wild can be found at 65 Great Titchfield St, Fitrovia W1W 7PS and 9A Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street EC2M 4YN
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