About The Whisky Shop

Award-Winning Retailer

At The Whisky Shop we are proud to offer the highest level of service to our customers, online and in store. We have been fortunate to receive recognition for our service from customers and our industry. We hope this inspires confidence when choosing to shop with us.

Our Story

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.

The first branch of The Whisky Shop – Edinburgh's Princes Mall, 1993
The first branch of The Whisky Shop – Princes Mall (now Waverley Mall), Edinburgh (1993)

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.

The Whisky Shop London – Piccadilly in 2016
The Whisky Shop London – Piccadilly (2016)

Our mantra is ‘unlocking the mystery of whisky.  By that we aim to un-complicate the apparently complicated, speak plain language and deliver excellent service to our customers. From single malts and blends, to grain and world whiskies, our staff are here to help you find the right whisky for you.

Our official magazine, Whiskeria, in which we feature new and existing whiskies and 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 literature, cuisine, music and sport, with cover stars including the likes of Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Edith Bowman, KT Tunstall, Andrew Fairlie, Nick Nairn, Doddie Weir and David Beckham to name but a few.

Whiskeria - The Official Magazine of The Whisky Shop
Whiskeria – the official magazine of The Whisky Shop

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.

Members of The W Club at an exclusive tasting event (2018)
Members of The W Club at an exclusive tasting event (2018)

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.