The Tales on Tour Edinburgh Lineup

Join us April 7-10 for Tales on Tour Edinburgh 2018.
Join us April 7-10 for Tales on Tour Edinburgh 2018.

Tales on Tour Edinburgh 2018 may be a trimmed down version of the New Orleans annual affair, but it’s no less packed with great seminars, opportunities to taste product and meet the distillers, explore new venues, and learn what savvy bartenders around Edinburgh and beyond are creating. Here’s a glimpse at what attendees can expect, though we’re updating our schedule daily, so please check in frequently.

Please do join us at Toast to Tales, which kicks off the week and starts right before the Taste of Tales event. Come meet the team behind the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, and let us share with you a New Orleans surprise.

View and download the Full Schedule.


Education is at the core of our mission at Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, and the seminar offerings for Tales on Tour Edinburgh are quickly selling out. Choose from the following dynamic list for Monday, April 9. Each seminar requires a ticket purchase for entry.

Check out Spritzer: From the Italian Classic Aperitivo to Low ABC Cocktails to learn about the evolution of the modern Italian aperitivo and how the classic Spritzer became the 21st century worldwide trend and much more.

The Dollars of Diversity will discuss ways to embrace inclusiveness with your staff and customer base while impacting your bottom line.

Breaking the Mould looks at some of the most progressive and innovative beverage programmes in the world with a look behind the scenes.

Ever wonder how grain translates into whisky flavors? All your wonderings will be answered in the Against the Grain seminar.

Ballin’ on a Budget will address how to build a better bar presence when you have little to no PR budget, and Sound Advice will walk you through the importance of creating vibe with the music you play in your bar and how to choose the right tunes.


Good, clean competitive fun separates the good from the great and inspires the meek to become mighty. Come watch or play.

Come watch The Battle of Bassano: Kin vs Callooh Callayas the two go head to head over Grappa.

The Top of the Class Challenge is open to anyone with a competitive streak and a desire to show up your peers when it goes to blind identifying botanicals and base materials. Jackpot is a WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits course, valued at £450.


We’ve curated a special selection of experiences of tastings, dinners and snacks to fill your evenings.

Catch the Culinary Voyage with Edinburgh Gin or Porter’s Pre-Fix for an evening with Porter’s Gin founders. Go Italian with Simone Cpaorale & Filippo Previero ath The Bon Vivant or Start with Seedlip for an afternoon of nature and aperitifs with Seedlip and Iain Bell.

Workshops & Master Classes

Learn from the experts and take home a new understanding of these spirits. You might even get to sample new product.

St. Lucia Distillers Master Rum Class will be a comprehensive look at craft rum.

Deconstruct and understand France’s oldest Brandy category with a Master Class and Blending Session with Armagnac.

Take Overs

Evening Take Overs are when we let our proverbial hair down, sit back and sip the creations of talented barmen and women who’ve descended upon Edinburgh for Tales on Tour.

The Spirit of New Orleans takeover KIN with gumbo and a rotating showcase of cocktails by 10 of the finest bartenders from around the country. The Gleneagles Takeover hits Nightcap for a duel expression of one passion where The Century Bar and The American Bar feature Marquis Armagnac cocktails. Paris’s own The Little Red Door Takeover at The Voodoo Rooms for a lineup of innovative cocktails featuring Altos, Suze and Absolut. Sexy Fish Takeover at The Devil’s Advocate will be a London-style party with 5 bartenders presenting their own classics. Les Femmes Du Bar Takeover at The Voodoo Rooms is an all ladies team of talented bartenders serving up St. Germain libations. The Chronicle of Marquis Takeover at KIN (welcomes bartenders from New Orleans and the UK who will showcase their signature serves. Boogie down with DJ Josephe (Joseph) Malik into the wee hours at The UWA Basement Takeover.


Drop by the Taste of Tales exhibition to meet the people and taste the products that make the world such an interesting place to drink. Spirits, bitters, bar brands and their makers will be on-hand to answer questions (and maybe divulge secrets). Plus more tastings throughout the week.

Check out our Full Schedule for more details and specifics.

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