Here’s a chance to explore Edinburgh’s secret gardens

CHEERS: Enjoy an outdoor dram with the Scottish Malt Whisky Society
CHEERS: Enjoy an outdoor dram with the Scottish Malt Whisky Society
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QUEEN Street Gardens, unlike its larger public counterpart on Princes Street has long been a private escape for keyholders on the famous thoroughfare.

Next Saturday, however, there’s a rare chance to explore its leafy environs when The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) throws open the gates to the normally private Gardens to host a party celebrating its 35th anniversary.

“We’re delighted to be hosting this party,” says Jan Damen of SMWS.

“The Society has risen from strength to strength over the years as our fantastic group of members continues to grow.”

On the day, festivities will start at noon and include food, drink and music.

Each attendee will receive a Society tasting glass, which can be used to sample a wide selection of SMWS single cask whiskies as well as whiskies from the other distilleries that will be on hand to showcase their own malts throughout the day.

Those attending will also receive a token for a dram from the SMWS Historic Stock Bar, featuring some very special Old & Rare bottlings.

If you would like to add a little whisky education into the mix, then SMWS has that taken care of too, there will be masterclasses throughout the afternoon across the road in the Members’ Rooms at 28 Queen Street.

Other attractions in the Gardens will include a Chapel Down bar serving English sparkling wine while the award-winning Edinburgh Beer Factory will be bringing along their Beer Van. For the peckish, there will be a barbecue.

Damen, continues, “We’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and welcoming some new guests to sample our wonderful range of single cask whiskies.”

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 35th Anniversary Party, Queen Street Gardens, Saturday 8 September, noon, £20 (members), £25 (non-members), http://bit.ly/2LnlF0Z