July 19, 2005 Edinburgh
Our original plan was to go our as early as we can. But it seems everybody was quite tired, we didn’t get out until 10:30. We took the sightseeing bus around the city and left at the Edinburgh Castle before noon for the 1 o’clock canon firing. It is said to be a tradition for the sailors to check the time. Edinburgh Castle is full of tourists. We looks around for a while, the kids are happy but do not really interested at the museum inside.
We left the castle and had lunch at the Tower restaurant. This restaurant is locate at the top floor of the Scottish Heritage Museum. This restaurant offers European style with some influence from Asian. And here, I experience the most sweet highland water I had here, the Finlays.
We then went to the Children’s Museum , here you can see lot’s of antique toys for free. The children just love it. Very good place for the family.
It is also a surprise that the Cadenhead Edinburgh was locate very close to my hotel. I was very exciting to see the famous Springbank 1919 Priced at 14,000 pounds. Our dinner is very international, pizza.
My goodnight dram:
Glenlivet 12yo French Oak Finish.(40%, OB)
Brown, nice first impression. Easy. Similar like the 15 French oak, no finish in throat. Sweet. Score:78.
July 20, 2005 Edinburgh – London – Hong Kong – Taipei
Last day for the vacation. Only for some shopping, then went to the Dynamic Earth Museum. Very good museum but not good for my kids as they were scared of the loud sounds. One last thing to say: for only one year, the London Heathrow Airport changed the way they put single malts. It used to put by group, right now, they are decorated by area first then from a to z. It is quite a large change and also you can see some of the very rare bottles like Laphroagi 40yo, Dalmore Black Pearl., and Highland Park Vintage 1968, 1977.