If you love whisky and want to set up a shop to sell it, then you can’t go far wrong with a location like the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Set up in 1991, Royal Mile Whiskies has become one of the most respected whisky merchants in the world, winning Whisky Magazine’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. An important part of that success is down to the people and the fact that we share a passion for all things whisky – especially Scottish Single Malt Whisky.
The whisky industry has changed enormously over the last 20 years (see our blog post here) and Royal Mile Whiskies has also had to change, in how we fill every inch of space in our small shop. In 2002 we opened a shop in Bloomsbury Street, London. Situated close to the British Museum, Oxford Street and Covent Garden, the shop carries on the tradition of being filled to the rafters with excellent Whisky. It has also allowed us to show off many other fine spirits too.
As the whisky industry has changed, so has the rest of the drinks trade. Just look at the number of Gin’s available today, or the vibrancy of the craft beer sector. Our passions have therefore expanded somewhat and in 2011 we opened two specialist drinks shops under the banner of Drinkmonger, in Pitlochry and Edinburgh. Selling a superb range of wines, spirits and beers, they also have a heart that is whisky.
We launched our first website in 2000 and have steadily built up an ever-increasing pool of satisfied customers all around the world. In Summer 2005 we upgraded our old and rather creaky website with a slick state of the art website. Although it served us well for over a decade there comes a time in any website where you just have to renovate and as of October 2016 we brought our site bang up to date. Just as you are assured of a friendly welcome and expert advice in either of our shops, the internet team aims to be approachable and helpful with all enquiries. We make every effort to ensure every internet order is treated with care and efficiency.
Throughout the short history of Royal Mile Whiskies, we have released occasional exclusive limited editions whiskies of our own, under the Royal Mile Whiskies title and also a Dormant Distillery Company series for rare malts from closed distilleries. These are collectable whiskies selected with great care, and we always aim to offer these at exceptional value to customers.