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Our Favourite Spirits of 2016

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Plantation Pineapple Rum II

Despite our name, we don’t just sell whisky at The Whisky Exchange; far from it. In fact, we have nearly 4,000 spirits, liqueurs and Champagnes to choose from. The TWE blog team cast our minds…

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Last orders, please: UK delivery deadline

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Icelandic Mountain Vodka

Not sure what to get for Christmas? Join the club. Because of the buffer of a non-working day between now and Christmas on Sunday, I’ve tricked myself into thinking I’ve got a hold on my…

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Our Favourite Whiskies of 2016

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Favourite Whiskies 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, it’s time to look back at the TWE blog team’s favourite whiskies of the past 12 months. It doesn’t have to be a new release; just the drams…

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The Perfect Measure to share – whisky with friends

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The Perfect Measure

When it comes to drinking whisky, one of the greatest pleasures is sharing a dram. While there is joy in solitary sipping, teasing apart the flavours in a glass with others adds another level to…

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The five best festive drinks for Christmas

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Sipsmith

Christmas is the ideal time to relax and share a glass or two of something good, but why not step out of your comfort zone and try something different? I’ve picked five festive drinks that…

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The Glenlivet 18 – your festive friend

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Glenlivet engraving

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 for Christmas

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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Sloe berries

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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Three Wise Men

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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TWE Christmas

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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Ladies Night Whisky Tasting

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

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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Pumpkin Face rum

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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Bowmore Distillery

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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Armagnac

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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