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People from elsewhere in these islands who are used to wandering into a standard bar in a standard town and finding just two popular brands of single malt whisky on the gantry, faded and unloved, will be delighted by Edinburgh. There are a great many cocktail bars and quality pubs that have a fantastic selection of whiskies: dozens and dozens. In order to stand out in the Scottish capital however, it's not enough to have a few Speysides, a couple of Islays and a bottle of the latest grappa-finished, limited edition outturn from a boutique distillery run by two blokes called Jeremy and Rupert. For destination drinking you need hundreds of whiskies, a serious level of expertise behind the bar and – optional extra – an environment conducive to the attentive appreciation of what the Gaels call uisge beatha.