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Six questions with Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Malt Master

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Brian Kinsman

Brian Kinsman is malt master for Glenfiddich, and also looks after the Grant’s range of blended whiskies and works with his mentor David Stewart on the Balvenie range. I caught up with Brian a while…

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Five great rum cocktails for the long weekend

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Rum Cocktails

We’ve got great weather forecasts here in London, so it feels like time to whip up some drinks with the most tropical of spirits: rum. Here are five of my favourite rum cocktails to keep…

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The Whisky Exchange Quiz of the Year – how’s your whisky knowledge?

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This week saw the inaugural Whisky Exchange Whisky Quiz of the Year. Five intrepid teams gathered in our Covent Garden shop to do battle for the honour of being crowned as the first champions. Across…

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Highland vs Speyside – a tale of two regions

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Highland vs Speyside

Our latest monthly focus is all about the Highland and Speyside regions: the two key whisky areas in Scotland. A lot of whisky guides talk about them having their own distinct style, but we think…

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Beer trends – what I learned at London Beer City

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Last week was London Beer City, a week-long celebration of beer in the capital. Purely for research reasons, I threw myself wholeheartedly into the festivities, stopping in at the London Craft Beer Festival for a…

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Cognac – perfect for summer!

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Hine cocktail

Last month, I finally got the chance to visit the Cognac region in France. My destination? Hine. Although I’d seen pictures of this tiny part of south-west France before, nothing prepared me for the beauty of Jarnac, the…

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Food Pairing Guide: Barbecue

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Barbecue

When it comes to pairing a meal with drinks, wine and beer are still winning. However, one corner of the culinary world has had a long connection with spirits: American barbecue. While the stereotypical image…

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Whisky finishing – a recipe for success?

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Whisky finishing

Our latest TWE shop tasting featured Irish whiskey producer Teeling, a distiller known for its skill in maturing and ‘finishing’ its whiskey in a variety of casks – some well known, some more obscure. What…

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English whisky – beating the Scots at their own game?

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English Whisky

Britain is positively awash with whisky. While most distilleries are located north of the border, and Wales’s Penderyn has been making waves for years, England is now rapidly filling up with whisky makers. Back in…

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Five must-try Cognacs

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Cognac

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the big four Cognac houses – Martell, Rémy Martin, Hennessy and Courvoisier – but what about the other 271? With so much diversity on offer, Cognac is the perfect…

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What is eau-de-vie?

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Barney Wilczak

One of the lesser-known spirit categories is eau-de-vie. Most people will have tried one, and often without realising as various countries’ national drinks are classified as eau-de-vie, such as raki from Turkey and European slivovitz….

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Bourbon vs Scotch: what’s the difference?

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Grains

To non-whisky drinkers, Scotch and bourbon are the same thing. A dark spirit, made with the same ingredients and aged in the same barrels. Right? Wrong. The two drinks have a lot in common but…

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Loch Lomond – thirteen styles of whisky, one distillery

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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond distillery can be found a mile or so to the south of the eponymous loch, and has been quietly making whisky since 1964. For most of its life, the distillery has focused on…

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10 rums you should know about

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Rum

In the run up to Black Tot Day at the end of July, we’ve been scouring our shelves for great rums. With so many producers, the number of rums out there can be overwhelming. So,…

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Time to take rum seriously

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Foursquare Distillery

Richard Seale, master distiller at Foursquare Distillery in Barbados, believes that the rum category needs clearer definitions so that the consumer knows exactly what they are buying. In this exclusive post for The Whisky Exchange, he…

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A beginner’s guide to Canadian whisky

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Lot 40

Oh Canada. You make lots of great whisky but haven’t sent much of it to Europe…until now. For years, the only Canadian whiskies you’ve been able to find in Europe are the really big names:…

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Rum vs Rhum – molasses, agricole and sugarcane honey

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Sugarcane

When it comes to drinks with history, rum has packed more into a shorter time than most. Despite only appearing in something approaching its current form in the 17th century, the past 400 years have…

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