Whiskey & Scotch

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November 7, 2019 7:30 pm – Single Malt Scotch Tasting – Join us for our first tasting of the season – call 612-216-2419 for your reservations today – cost per person is based on the scotch selection – pricing coming soon (we will ask for a 25.00 deposit at time of reservation,  will be applied to total bill on the night of the event)

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*Due to the ever changing selection in our market, our list fluctuates slightly depending on availability*


“Have a wee dram for the road,” is a well-famed Scottish expression, usually uttered in friendship to a departing guest. We at Merlins Rest Pub would like to propose our own unique version of this worthy custom, and invite our guests to stand at the door of adventure and take their own ‘spiritual’ journey across the whisky regions of Scotland and Ireland – one dram at a time.

A dram is a traditional unit of measurement and exactly half the volume we normally use for our spirits. Priced accordingly, the intrepid ‘traveler’ may enjoy four different whiskies without breaking the bank, an ideal economy in the current economic climate. #homeofthedram

Merlins Rest Pub is blessed with over 340 single malt Scotch whiskies and 140 Irish whiskies, both single malt and blended. For the inquisitive, we are proud to have compiled the “Scotch Bible” which describes each brand in detail, outlining the location and history of the distillery, as well as the whisky’s flavour profile, bouquet and perceived nuances. The 18th edition was released in beginning of  2019.

Distillation of whisky has been performed in Scotland and Ireland for centuries. The first written record of whisky comes from 1405 in Ireland, while the production of whisky from malted barley is first mentioned in Scotland in an entry on the 1494 Exchequer Rolls, which reads “Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor, by order of the King, wherewith to make “Aqua Vitae”.

At Merlins Rest Pub we take great pride in our selection of Single Malt whisky whether it comes from Scotland, Ireland, Wales or even from around the world for that matter.

Here at Merlins Rest Pub you can enjoy a wonderful whisky trip across Scotland. Your journey may take you from the Lowland malts, known for their sweet fruitiness: light grassy or herbal tones; a grainy and floral garland of gentle aromatic intensity, across the rugged Highlands to Campbeltown and beyond, or sojourn southwards, to imbibe the mouth-watering behemoths of the whiskies of Islay, their dry peat and smoke, powerfully phenolic with aromas redolent of tar, smoke, iodine and carbolic, a joy to any wayfarer.

Start you own Whisky Trail today!

The Scotch Bible

There is not a better selection of single malt Scotch Whisky or Irish Whisky anywhere in Minnesota than we have at Merlins Rest Pub. We’ve looked around and we are quite sure. In fact, we competitively have the largest selection in the Midwest, with 340 different expressions of single malt Scotch and 140 expressions of Irish Whiskey.

They’ve all been summarized and cataloged in our famed Scotch Bible of great legends and songs. There is nothing quite like it to be found anywhere else! The Scotch Bible – Stop in and ask for it at Merlins Rest Pub and be prepared to be enlightened and delighted! We released the 18th edition the beginning of 2019! We recently moved to a separate “bible” for Single Malt and Irish Whiskey due to the increased inventory – be sure to ask for specific bible or BOTH!

This tremendous fountain of information is carefully organized to provide the maximum sipping pleasure for the Whisky connoisseur and novice alike. It’s the centerpiece of our Single Malt Scotch Whisky tasting experience the first Thursday of every month, which the novice and true aficionado should simply never miss.

Our complete list is subject to change when we add amazing new whisk(e)ys or (sadly) run dry on some of the more exotic additions. If you are coming to Merlins Rest Pub for a specific expression, please call ahead to ensure that we currently have it in stock. (612) 216-2419.

Click Here For The Complete Whisky List WHISKY LIST

*Important Notice - We card everyone regardless of age or frequency in the pub. Please be prepared to show your valid ID, if planning to purchase alcoholic beverages.*