24RT 004 – “Life is a Bubble”

When we find something that is truly unique, we do tend to follow it all the way through…

We like being unique. We like having something unique. From our rooms, to our art collection, to our whisky menu – and now our new Prosecco adds to that list.

How did we discover it? Well, that’s all down to the owner, Alan Campbell – fully deserved props to him for discovering this number in a restaurant in Nice.

What did we do next? We got in touch directly with the vineyard, had many a conversation with Cinzia Canzian – winemaker – ordered a case to be flown over so we could all sample it to make sure it wasn’t just the sun, sand and sea of Nice that made it really stand out, got an expert opinion (thanks Tarquin) and the rest is history. Now, four weeks later, we’re stocked up on a remarkable Prosecco that you just cannot find anywhere in Scotland, let alone the rest of the UK.

And to celebrate the arrival of our specially sourced Prosecco, we’re offering you the chance to put your taste buds to the test every Thursday 5-10pm until the end of August. If you can correctly tell us which is our Alice Prosecco and which is our Bernard Figuet Champagne in a free blind tasting, you’ll receive a complimentary dessert from our evening menu – perfect to enjoy with a glass of your favourite of the two Proseccos.

What makes the Prosecco so special you ask? I think the vineyard can answer that one better than I can…

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24RT 003 – 53 Years of History Unsealed

As many who have followed our previous blogs will know, we recently launched our unique whisky list here at 24 Royal Terrace. Amongst the rarities was an original bottling of Glenmorangie 1963, one of the most sought-after Glenmorangie bottlings due to both its history and taste.

Since the launch we had been wondering who should have 53 years of history unsealed before their very eyes, and sample a dram of this exquisite whisky.

The answer? Well, on the 1st June it was an honour and privilege to host Scott Black, President and Member of the Council of The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, Gordon Dewar, CEO of Edinburgh Airport, and Chris Hoban of the Edinburgh Whisky Blog to do exactly that – we can’t think of anyone more deserving to have opened the bottle for.

The tasting notes for the Glenmorangie 1963 no longer remain blank as after the tasting Chris put pen to paper to give us his own. Does it live up to its reputation? We certainly think so, but that’s for you to answer. Remember though – three down, only twenty-seven left!

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24RT 002 – The Whisky Menu Is (Finally) Born

Let there be light….glorious, golden, warm, glowing light…

What do an Auchentoshan 1965, Lagavulin 21 and Glenmorangie 1963 have in common? No, this isn’t the beginning of an elaborate joke, rather a taster of the unique whisky collection we have here at 24 Royal Terrace.

Gracing our shelves for a number of months, our collection has sat in waiting for us to gather our knowledge, tasting notes (for almost all of them), some dust and a sensible price list before we would feel confident opening these bottles to share with all. Now that time has come.

Whereas most collectors would hoard some of our rarities in their cellar under lock and key, we want to share the opportunity to taste some truly once-in-a-lifetime whiskies with you – and what better setting too than on Royal Terrace, once nicknamed ‘Whisky Row’.

We have menus dedicated to the 70+ whiskies we have, as well as whisky tastings available for those who can’t quite choose one, or are getting into whisky for the first time. But in order to peruse the whole menu, you’re going to have to come and see it for yourself. And of course we can’t pour you a dram of a rarity without using Glencairn glassware.

Our whisky tasting flights are suited to all; we have three to choose from: ‘An Introduction’, ‘For the Inquisitive’ and ‘For the Connoisseur’ – all of which come with mementos to take away with you and look back on.

Just to add that final touch, we’ve had beautiful lighting fitted to make the whiskies really glow.

So for those who do get the opportunity to come and see (and hopefully sample) our collection, it goes without saying: Slàinte!

24RT 001 – The Story So Far

In this first blog I’ll bring you up-to-date with the story of 24 Royal Terrace.

For those of you who aren’t too familiar with us; in late September 2014 Alan Campbell (a veteran businessman with an accounting background – little did he know what he was in for!) bought Ailsa Craig Hotel with the intention to entirely refurbish the hotel and open as a luxury boutique hotel. Ten months and millions of pounds later, the doors opened to the public as 24 Royal Terrace.

Opening on July 15th 2015, and in the midst of Edinburgh’s busiest season, time flew by as The Fringe Festival approached and the bookings poured in. Since then the hotel has been a hive of activity, as we’ve tweaked and polished the operational side of the business and have slowly built awareness of our beautiful hotel.

We’d like to extend our huge thanks to all of our guests; past, present, regular, and those yet to arrive, as without you and your comments, feedback and ideas we wouldn’t have been able to make the hotel what it is today. We still have work to do to add those extra touches, but our team are getting there!

It’s been more than six months of highs – such positive feedback and reviews on booking.com, Facebook and Tripadvisor as well as from our guests when departing – and the odd low – the unfortunate water-leak of late October with a full hotel; we luckily managed to resolve this as quickly as possible and avoid any permanent damage, including saving Bellany’s ‘Sea Maiden’ (the irony……).

We’ve got a full year to look forward to as well as many, many exciting projects and ideas currently in the pipeline, and throughout it we look forward to welcoming some familiar faces as well as many new.

All the best for 2016….

Roman Petrik

 

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