We just returned from a week in Scotland and had a great experience in Edinburgh sampling Scotch at the Jeffrey Street Whisky and Tobacco shop. We chose the regional tasting, sampling Scotch from five different whisky-producing regions in Scotland. Our tasting guide, Hector, spent about and hour and a half with us explaining the distillation process for making scotch and how the regions differ. It was very informative and we were surprised at how different each scotch tasted.
We also went on a distillery tour at the Glencoyne Distillery at Dumgoyne, north of Glasgow. It was recommended to us by the travelers' information center in Balloch. We had a very informative tour which included tastings of some of their fine scotches.