The Glenlivet 18 – your festive friend

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Ever since I’ve worked in the wine trade, December means a flood of texts and emails asking which wine I should buy for Christmas. I’m happy helping friends and family choose the perfect bottle, and…

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The 5 best fortified wines to drink this Christmas

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Fortified wines are one of life’s true delights, offering a world of flavours between tart citrus and fruity caramel sweetness, delivering a sipping alcohol without packing the punch of boozy spirits. It’s this lack of…

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Black Friday 2016 – why pay less?

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We’ve got a great Black Friday deal this year – but unlike some retailers, we’re not slashing prices. We’re taking one of our favourite whiskies and charging more for it – or are we? Glendronach…

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Sloe gin – enjoy the fruits of your labours

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I’ll be honest – it took me a while to get into gin. My spirits education began with dark, not white spirits, and it was only a few years ago that I learned to appreciate…

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Our Three Wise Men are here to help

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Shopping online is great. I know we’re biased, but being able to choose what you want to buy from the comfort of your sofa and then having it delivered to your front door makes life…

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How to survive the Christmas season

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Christmas is a time to relax and enjoy a well-earned rest, accompanied by delicious food and drink. It’s also a time for festive parties and friends popping round at a moment’s notice, so it’s important…

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Thirsty Thanksgiving: Five Essential Drinks

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In the UK, Bonfire Night has barely passed before stores put up their Christmas decorations and supermarkets launch their heartstring-tugging festive adverts. Not so in the USA, where my home country sets its sights on…

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All the single (malt) ladies

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A few of us ladies at TWE HQ are on a mission – to get more women involved in drinking the hard stuff (responsibly, of course). Far too often we have found ourselves sitting in…

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Five Questions: Kirsteen Campbell, master blender, The Famous Grouse

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Kirsteen Campbell is master blender for both The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark. We caught up with her to ask her about blended whisky, single malts and more. What are the key stylistic and flavour profiles of Famous Grouse…

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Top 10 Halloween treats – no tricks!

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The appeal of Halloween fades every year for 20- and 30-somethings when they catch a glimpse of themselves in a shop window dressed as Dracula before hopping onto the tube at 6pm. We appreciate that…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Bowmore: From One Master To Another

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If you made a list of the all the Scotch whiskies to try before you die, it’s a fair bet that Black Bowmore would be on it. And for those in The Whisky Show’s 2016 Bowmore…

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Armagnac – the original craft spirit

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Poor old Armagnac. It’s frequently in the shadows of its blingier cousin, Cognac, which outsells it by 15 bottles to one, even though Armagnac has a longer history. It’s a fabulous spirit, loaded with character,…

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 – the winners

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Jim Murray knows how to surprise. Two years ago, he named Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as his World Whisky of the Year, while last year saw that honour go to Canada, with Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye taking…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – 200 Years of Lagavulin

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Diageo’s Dr Nick Morgan has spoken about Lagavulin many times this year, with the distillery celebrating its 200th anniversary. But what really came through at The Whisky Show’s 200 Years of Lagavulin masterclass was how…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Three Masters of Whisky

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This year’s showpiece Whisky Show masterclass featured three contrasting figures. The first: an avuncular figure who has held every job possible in a whisky distillery. The second: an innovator, famed for his experiments with casks….

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