Devil’s Advocate in Edinburgh is renowned for its eclectic collection of whiskies, as well as incredible seasonal cocktails. We caught up with our friend and the hugely talented, Kyle Jamieson.
Hey Kyle, let’s talk whisky.
So, when and where did you first discover whisky?
I first discovered whisky properly when I starting working in a bar. Of course, growing up in Scotland, you always hear and know about Scotch, but I didn’t properly enjoy it until later in life. That came when I served my dad a Balvenie DoubleWood and listened to him chat about the dram and other whiskies.
What is your favourite Scotch whisky?
I’ve not really got a favourite whisky to be honest! That’s the thing with Scotch, there are so many amazing and different flavours and styles from all the different regions.
What’s your favourite Scotch whisky cocktail to drink?
I tend to enjoy any cocktail which showcases the flavours and style of the whisky. One that comes to mind is a Rapscallion.
How do you make it?
A Rapscallion is made with Talisker, PX sherry, Absinthe and lemon oils. It’s a very simple but delicious sipper.
Has the perception of whisky shifted at all since you’ve been in the bartending business?
The perception of whisky has definitely changed since I’ve started bartending – it’s gone from strength to strength. Of course whisky was always a staple in every bar, you’d head to the pub and order a wee dram. These days, in Edinburgh and all over the world, there are so many amazing whisky bars popping up – whisky is becoming such a bigger part of the bar industry. This popularity is due to the attention whisky is getting around the world and how sought after it has become in recent times.
Have you noticed more people ordering Scotch or whisky cocktails?
The popularity of both Scotch and whisky cocktails is huge at the moment. Especially since working in a whisky-focused bar like Devil’s, I find that it’s hugely popular. People of all ages are interested in whisky and keen to try it in a variation of cocktails.
Have you been to any whisky distilleries in Scotland?
I’ve been to Aberfeldy, Talisker, Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and most of the distilleries on Islay. Islay has to be my favourite place; it’s such an amazing island. There, Ardbeg has always stood out for me.
Any distilleries on your wish list?
Springbank is next on my list!
Where’s your favourite place in Scotland?
Edinburgh, of course, but I always find it pretty amazing when I travel up North and across to Islay.
What do you love most about Scotland?
The history, people, scenery, architecture and of course the whisky!
Any sneaky hints or tips for those coming over to explore Scotland’s whisky?
Just to do as much as you possibly can. The Highlands and Islands are a must and Edinburgh, with its ridiculous architecture and crazy history. Of course Edinburgh’s buzzing bar scene has to be mentioned as well!
Kyle Jamieson from Devil’s Advocate, Edinburgh
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