Arrival of the first whisky release from Holyrood Distillery

Holyrood Distillery Arrival Whisky

Edinburgh Distillery launches its first whisky “Arrival”

Mark went along to the long-awaited launch of the first whisky from Holyrood Distillery “Arrival” and I eventually got him to sit down and tell me all about it.

We have tried gin from Holyrood Distillery, click here to read, and have been eagerly awaiting the release of their first whisky.  Holyrood Distillery has been in operation since 2019 and can be found in Newington near to Salisbury Crags.

outside holyrood distillery edinburgh
Image from Holyrood Distillery

Rob Carpenter, Founder of Holyrood Distillery, said: “This year Edinburgh has been well and truly placed back on the whisky-making-map and we’re incredibly proud to be part of this revolution. Arrival embodies our story-so-far as whisky makers and marks the beginning of a journey of progression, innovation and experimentation.

“Just as the distillery is a part of Edinburgh, our city and its people, heritage and culture are what we draw inspiration from everyday. Our bottle avoids whisky cliché and leans into something a little more local, putting the Holyrood hourglass front and centre. The distinctive beer bottle silhouette and brown glass also pay tribute to a once-bustling glassworks located not too far from our distillery.

“The name ‘Arrival’ is inspired by Holyrood Distillery’s iconic location in the former Innocent Railway terminal, this name not only gives a nod to Edinburgh’s pioneering past but also invokes a sense of achievement in the release – we made it!.”


Holyrood Distillery Arrival Whisky

So what does Arrival from Holyrood Distillery taste like?

This spirit has been matured in Oloroso Butts, Pedro Ximénez Hogsheads, Bourbon Barrels and Rum Barriques.  On the nose, there is dried fruits and butterscotch.  After a taste, there is spice and a biscuity flavour.

Those looking to get their hands on ‘Arrival’ will have to be quick – with just 8,188 bottles produced. The whisky will be available in the Holyrood Distillery shop, on their website and in specialist retailers such as Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Shop, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange. RRP is £67

Holyrood Distillery Arrival Whisky




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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